Everything You Need to Know About Color Correcting
The beauty world is currently obsessing over color correcting makeup and we can totally understand why. If you haven’t already looked into this hot makeup trend, you’re in the right place because we’re about to give you the lowdown on everything you need to know about color correcting.
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The idea of the color correcting technique is to neutralize and diminish unwanted marks on your face through the science of the color wheel. In other words, the ultimate goal here is to disguise imperfections by applying a concealer of the contrasting shade. Although the color correcting trend is just taking off, many of you may remember using green colored concealer to blur red pimples in your high school days—even if you didn’t use the green concealer, we’re sure that you know someone who did or, at the very least, you can recall seeing grass colored concealer and wondering why there was such a product. At last, you’ve got the answer!
As you can imagine, and maybe you’ve even noticed in stores, we’ve come far in the world of color correcting cosmetics. In a world that once offered only green, color correcting concealer is now also made in shades of peach, pink, yellow, blue, and purple. While green is still the go-to shade when one needs to blur a painful pimple, the remainder of the colors are used to dissipate the appearance of just about any imperfection you can imagine. Read on to find out when to use each color to correct and neutralize your skin tone for a beautiful finished look.
Preparing the Skin
Prior to using color correcting concealers, you should have already applied a moisturizer and a BB cream. This allows you to have total control over the areas that need coverage; if you were to apply the color correcting concealers first, chances are you would overdo it and apply concealer to areas that don’t need the extra coverage. It’s also important to allow the color to sit for a few moments before blending it into the skin. After applying and blending the color, be sure to apply a powdered foundation to lock everything in place.
For Fair Skin Tones
Those of you with fair or pale skin will love the bright, youthful finish that a color correcting palette can provide your skin. To get the most out of the concealer, apply a pale pink or peach shade under your eyes to cancel out the appearance of dark under eye circles. Additionally, you can dab this color on the outside of the lips to brighten up any shadows. Next, apply a pale green concealer to the outer corners of the nose and the chin, as these areas tend to maintain a red hue on those who have pale skin; the green will flood out any trace of red. Finally, add a touch of lilac concealer wherever you notice scars or dark spots.
For Medium Skin Tones
If your skin falls in the medium shade range, you’ll adore how awake your skin looks after eliminating shadows with colored concealer. Begin by applying a peach or orange color under the eye to hide any evident dark circles. Next, apply a medium green shade to diminish redness on your cheeks, nose, and chin. Finally, brighten up dull tones on your forehead or jawline with a violet hue.
For Dark Skin Tones
Those with dark skin tones will fall in love with the exuberant radiance that color correcting concealer provides. Get started by applying lavender concealer around the sides of the nose and the apples of the cheeks to discharge yellow hues. Next, use a light green shade above the brows, along the bridge of the nose, and in the corners of the mouth to eliminate irregular dark shades. Finally, apply a peach shade under your eyes to brighten tired circles.