Color correcting is a trend that has been buzzing in the makeup world for a while now. However, it is still a bit confusing to some people. If you are a beginner in makeup and do not comprehend the technique of color correcting then we’ve got you covered. Before makeup evolved into the complex and intricate technique that it is today, people never realized how much we can do with it. Everyone is born with imperfections and nobody can ever have spotless and perfect skin. However, sometimes our blemishes or dark circles are too prominent and annoy us too much for us to let them be highlighted even more.
What is meant by Color Correcting
You might have seen most of the makeup experts on social media or other platforms putting on concealers in the colors of the rainbow and got confused. It is not a new weird makeup trend but a technique that has been used by professional makeup artists for a long time now. The secret lies in the color theory and how to utilize it to cancel out any dullness, redness, blemishes, or dark circles on your face. Using different colors like green, purple, red, orange, and yellow to combat such imperfections to achieve a smooth and flawless skin tone is called color correcting.
How to Color Correct
Color Correcting Tips
We all remember learning about colors and memorizing the color wheel when we were young but we did not know that it would turn out to help us look flawless using makeup later in life. In order to color correct, you have to keep in mind the color wheel and use it to fight the problem areas on your face. The technique is that the color that is opposite from one cancels it out. For example, using the guide of the color wheel, we can deduce that green can cancel out any redness on your face. You also have to be careful because color correcting concealers should only be used according to your skin tone and what issues you have. Buying the wrong shade would do the opposite of what you intend it to do.
Make sure to get colors that match the blemishes on your skin and go with your skin tone. People with dark skin should use orange while those with lighter skin should use peach concealers. Color correcting is only meant to be used for intense and highly problematic issues so if your spots and blemishes can be covered with a normal concealer you are good to go. Color correcting concealers should be applied in thin layers, patted on instead of rubbed and under your foundation. Then put on the foundation lightly and using patting motions instead of rubbing as it could cause the concealer to move. Also, remember to only use the color correctors you need. If you only have redness to deal with then no need in buying a whole color correcting palette and just purchase a red one.
As mentioned earlier, people with dark skin should use orange color correctors to cover blue spots such as dark circles. For people who have a lighter skin tone and wish to cover dark circles or other purple spots on the face, peach colored concealer is the best option.
Green is opposite to red in the color wheel so that shows that it can cancel out any redness or red spots like acne on your face. IF you have rosacea or redness in large areas, you can use a green tinted primer or add a few drops of green concealer to your moisturizers so you can have a smooth face to apply foundation.
Yellow concealers are best to cover and fight any dark spots, purple tones, pigmentation or redness in your face. The lighter your skin tone is the lighter your color corrector should be and similarly with dark skin. Use a yellow concealer to cancel out any discoloration, bruises, and blemishes on your face.
Purple or lavender concealers are best to combat any yellow undertones in your skin. You should use lavender if you have light skin and purple if you are dark skinned. Purple concealer is meant to brighten up dull and sallow skin. It brightens up your skin and makes it look healthy and glowing. The best areas to apply it are the bridge of your nose, the center of the forehead and center of the chin.
Pink shades work to wake you up. If your skin looks dull and tired like you have not had a good sleep in for a few days, use a pink concealer to brighten it up. Apply it in the inner corner of your eyes and under the brow bone to get an instant brightening effect that would make you look awake even if you had barely 5 hours of sleep the night before. Pink concealers can also help people with light skin tones hide any bruises or dark circles.
Pointers to Remember
Any makeup lover wants their skin to look flawless and without any imperfections. Makeup is the magic trick that allows for that to happen. Color correctors are little bottle or pots of magic that can help you achieve bright, spotless, and smooth skin. However, color correctors require expertise and knowledge which is why you should learn about the shades you should be using for which purposes, and which would suit your skin tone and texture.
Color correctors are also an advanced technique that not everyone has to master necessarily. It is perfectly okay if you do not know or want to use color correcting because our imperfections are what makes us unique and interesting. If you do need to use them, make sure you have your color theory memorized and shades identified. Practice is also necessary to learn the complicated art of color correcting so make sure you get the technique down pat before using it for a special occasion.