We all want beautiful, flawless skin, but we also don’t want to look like we put on a lot of makeup. If you too are looking for a way to cut down on the foundation and still look stunning, you might want to learn about this new trend of color correction.
What is color correction?
It is a method of concealing flaws in the skin tone, such as sores, redness, acne, puffiness, under eye circles, etc., by using a primer of a contrasting/neutralizing tone. This is basically a method of camouflaging flaws in the skin and giving it a smooth and even look.
Who should use Color Correction?
You should use color correction if you have any skin imperfections like acne, sallowness, redness, breakage, or dark circles. Color correction can help you fake a flawless skin without the need of a lot of foundation. This gives you a more natural-looking, flawless skin. The color corrector is used as a primer, without affecting the rest of your makeup.
The key to color correction is identifying what you are trying to neutralize. For example, if you have dark circles, you can use a peach concealer to remove the blue/purplish areas. Yellow can be used to add warmth to your complexion. Blue shades give you a cooler skin tone. Pink is a great option for hyper-pigmentation. Shades like purple and lavender can be used to cancel dullness and to give you a brighter look. Green is used to conceal acne.
How does it work?
Though using unusual shades like green might seem counter-intuitive, you must understand that the idea is to cancel out flaws in the skin using contrasting pigments. Green lies opposite to red in the color chart, and therefore effectively cancels out the redness of your skin.
Remember that you are using color correcting primers to neutralize underlying skin shades, but not to conceal your imperfections. So, you need to dab rather than blend. You can use a concealer on top, if you have to.
The Colour chart
Did ever hear anyone say that makeup is an art form?
Well, it essential is. Except, the canvas here is your own body. You must be just as imaginative and inventive with your makeup as you are with your paints and brushes, for good results.
If you remember your art lessons from school, you will recollect a basic color wheel that has contrasting colors in opposite places. These colors can cancel each other out. For example, yellow lies opposite violet/purple and green lies opposite red. These color can therefore, cancel out the effects of one another.
A good picture of the color wheel is all you need to understand which color concealer to pick for which skin condition. To better help you master the color correction art, let’s take a close look at which colored primers to use when.
- Green Concealers: As we learnt earlier, the green concealer is used to neutralize red color. This range of concealers have the following uses:
- Green concealers are a great choice to get rid of any redness on your face.
- If you have acne spots or other red blemishes like zits and scars, use a green concealer to remove the redness.
- In case of more widespread redness, as in case of a sunburn, use a green color correcting primer to significantly reduce the redness. This can later be topped with a layer of foundation to get a flawless, even skin tone.
- Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers: Purple is directly opposite to yellow on the color wheel. So the primers of this color are best suited to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones of your skin. They have the below uses:
- To remove pasty, dull, yellow complexion and to give your skin an ethereal glow.
- To remove yellow undertones from your face, you can use a purple color-correcting primer.
- A purple/lavender spot concealer can be used to hide yellow spots on your face.
- Sallowness and hyper-pigmentation spots can be concealed using a lavender spot concealer.
- Pink Concealers: Peach or salmon coloured concealers fall in this group. The shades in this group (red, orange, and yellow) are opposite to blue, green, or purple hues. They have the following uses:
- To conceal under-eye dark circles.
- To mask the signs of fatigue.
- They act as brightening agents and can be used to conceal sallowness of skin and any greenish/olive undertones.
- Yellow concealers: Yellow lies opposite to purple in the color wheel. The concealers of this shade have the following uses:
- To remove purple or blue bruises, and under eye circle.
- They are commonly used to even out the skin and to form a bright foundation.
- If you are already light skinned, they can also be used to deepen your skin tone.
- If you are looking for a handy alternative to eye primer, use a yellow concealer as your eye shadow base.
- Orange Concealers: Orange concealers are a good option if you have a darker skin tone. They can be used to conceal blemishes and spots on the skin. Under eye circles can also be removed using orange shades. Your orange concealer also doubles up as a liquid bronzer in face contouring.
- White Concealers: Using white concealers can be tricky, as their over use can give your skin an over-done, powdery, or pale appearance. When used in moderation, they have the following uses:
- As highlighting as contouring tools, to highlight areas of your face.
- White concealers can be used on the inner and outer corner of your eyes to appear more awake.
- They can also be used under the brow bone to highlight your brow.
- You can use it on your cupid bow and along the middle of your nose, to get a perfectly contoured appearance.
- You can also use it while highlighting your cheek bones, on your upper cheek bones.
- Neutral concealers: These shades are a good option for those of you without too many skin problems or blemishes. Choose a shade closest to your skin tone to hide any occasional spots or pimples. You can also use it as a primer to make your lipstick last for a longer time.
Which concealers can be used?
For those of you unsure of which brand of concealers to use, the following list is a good place to start:
- Make Up For-ever Camouflage cream: It comes as a palette of five shades, which allows you to custom blend. It has a smooth cream-like consistency which is perfect for concealing blemishes. Just dab a little bit of the concealer on the blemish you wish to conceal.
- Bobbi Brown Corrector: This is peach colored with gel-like consistency. It is best for concealing under eye dark circles as it glides easily and does not form cakes. If you do not have a habit of using foundation, select a color closest to your natural skin tone.
- Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer: This is similar to Bobbi brown concealer in consistency, but is slightly more pigmented. So, it serves well to conceal under eye darkness or blueness.
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This is liquid in consistency and comes in a tube with a wand for application. It’s easy to use and smoothly blends into the skin. It is available in six shades and is best for concealing spots or under eye dark circles. Choose a shade based on your requirement.
- Mac Studio Finish Concealer: This is also a blemish concealer which comes in a thick, creamy consistency. The best part is that it comes in little easy-to-carry pots, ideal for traveling.
There! You now know everything there is to know about color correction. Replace your mono-chrome foundations with colored concealers, based on your need and skin tone. You will never have to be afraid of that nasty pimple again!