Do You Know How to Color Correct?



If you’ve been on Instagram or Pinterest lately, you’ve likely seen more than one makeup addict painting their face like a clown with some sort of pastel rainbow before applying their foundation. While I’m the first to say that people have been going a little overboard with their color correctors as of late, they definitely have their place and are capable of solving some of our biggest makeup problems. But like any other piece of awesome technology, they only help you if you understand how to use them.


So let’s talk about it! Do you remember learning about the color wheel in grade school? Opposite colors on the color wheel (like red and green) cancel each other out when they’re mixed. This means that in order to properly conceal our blemishes and other skin concerns, we first need to know what color it is that we’re trying to cover. Check out the list below for the most common correctors and what they’re often used for in the makeup realm:

Green Correctors

Green is opposite of red on the color wheel so it’s best used to combat severe redness from things like pimples, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

Pink Correctors

This one doesn’t make the most sense when referring to the color wheel but pink correctors are great for brightening dullness in lighter and yellow tinted skin tones. They can also help correct blue tones in light, cool skin tones.

Peach Correctors

Peach correctors are just a little more orange toned than pink correctors and are lovely for covering dark under eye circles and other dark spots on lighter to medium toned skin. They work best on warmer skin tones.

Yellow Correctors

These are definitely the most common correctors and are best for concealing purple and blue tones. On lighter skin tones, they can work well covering under eye darkness. Mild, widespread redness can also be calmed in lighter skin tones with a yellow corrector.

Orange Correctors

For the most part, light skin tones should stay away from this one. For dark skin tones however, this shade is perfect for covering darkness under the eyes or any other dark spots. Deeply toned orange correctors can also be used underneath concealer to cover tattoos and eyebrows on any skin tone.

Purple Correctors

Purple is opposite of yellow on the color wheel and is best for combatting overly yellow toned skin and brightening sallow complexions.

Neutral Correctors

More commonly known as good ol’ fashioned concealer, this skin toned product is perfect for the day-to-day minor problems that aren’t necessarily severe enough to merit the use of a color corrector underneath.

Now that you understand the basics, let’s talk about a few things to remember when using color correctors. The first thing is to assess what kind of area you’re trying to cover. If it’s your entire face or a large portion, a primer might make the most sense. Likewise, a thicker cream corrector usually works best for concealing spots and other small areas. The last thing to keep in mind is that you will most often need to layer a skin-toned concealer and/or foundation over these correctors. When applying your skin toned products, avoid rubbing and instead use a tapping motion so they don’t blend with your correctors below and alway set with powder! Like all makeup techniques, color correcting takes practice so pick up your brushes!

Do you color correct? What are your favorite techniques and products to use? Comment Below!

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