Color correction is a rising trend in makeup. Tips and tricks that used to be only used by makeup artists are starting to gain popularity and quickly are becoming part of many women’s (and boys) daily routine. So if you haven’t already I highly recommend you read my post on color theory first, as I will reference a lot of what I talked about in that post in this one. There are two main ways to color correct in a makeup application. The first is to straight up correct and cancel out unwanted colors and tones and the second is to enhance existing undertones in the skin. I will talk about both in this post and break it down but what colors do what and what skin tones and beauty problems they correct and enhance. I will try to keep this post short, but if you read my blog, you probably know already I suck at being short and sweet.
Green’s complementary partner in crime is red, so yup, you guessed it. Anything with a green base to it will cancel out any redness in the skin. Most commonly you will find this in primers. The green in the primer helps to neutralize redness in the skin before you apply foundation. A ton of brands make green tinted primers such as Make Up For Ever, Smashbox and Stila just to name a few, so these are not hard to find at all. All skin tones can be prone to redness so really these babies can work out for everyone.
Orange tinted products help to counter act blue tones in the skin. You will most commonly find these in under eye correctors. Now under eye circles can be either blue or purplish in undertone so if you are leaning more towards the purple side, you may want to find more of an orangey yellow-based product. Just as you would with a primer, you lay the corrector down first and then apply your concealer on top. You can also find may under eye concealers that just have a slight tint of orange to them so you don’t have to worry about using two products. Orange is also a great color to use as a base for tattoo concealment. Most black ink is a blue-based dye so the orange will help bolt it out a bit before you apply concealer. Another application for the color orange is to warm up bluish undertones in the skin. In woman of color an orange-based primer can help to even out surface tones and warm the skin up. The Make Up For Ever Step 1 in Carmel is beautiful on a darker skin tone.
The color yellow can be used for a few different things when it comes to correcting. On a warmer skin tone a yellow-based primer can really help to brighten up the skin, especially for medium to tan skin. On a fair skin tone it can also help to correct redness in the skin. You will often see yellow based setting powders, these are great for super fair skin types where green primers are a bit to harsh for.
Now this sounds like a weird one, but red is a great color corrector for anyone that has green surface tones to the skin. Sometimes you will see this in Indian women especially under the eyes. The red can work a little better than orange sometimes because under the eye area can sometimes be more of a bluish green more that just a blue or a purple. Becca just came out with a fantastic new corrector that has a red tone to it (lipstick also works).
Pink can be a great color to use if you are trying to neutralize overly yellow tones in the skin. When used as a primer it can help to brighten the skin as well. My fave use for pink correctors is defiantly the eye area though. Pink correctors can add instant lift and brightness when used around the eye area. If you have read my review on the Becca under eye brightening corrector, well, then you know how I feel about a little pick me up around the eye area.
Blue & Lavender
Both of these colors, similar to pink are great for adding an overall brightness to the skin. Blue tends to be a bit better suited for fair to light skin tones and lavender tends to be better for medium, tan and darker skin. Just like with pink, these can be used all over the face in more of a primer form or they can be used in more of a cream anywhere you need a little extra light.
Hope this was helpful everyone! Feel free to share and let me know if I missed anything!
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