I’m sure you’ve seen all over YouTube and Instagram some crazy, clown looking color correcting videos. Confusing right?
In the most basic terms, it’s a principle of the colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, neutralize each other. And believe it or not, this is very useful in the world of makeup!
Below you can see the basic color wheel as well as my favorite corrector palette by Mehron Makeup - Celebre HD Pro Correct-It Neutralizer Palette.
Whenever you're not sure on which color to use to cover up areas of concern, just remember one basic principle - the colors opposite from each other, cancel each other out. So for example, if you have areas of redness, consult the color wheel and see that green is across from red!
I’m going to show you color correction techniques on myself to help you with how it works!
So this is my skin without any foundation. And as you can see, I have an uneven skin tone with mostly redness, some blemishes and slight purple tones around my eyes and eyelids.
For these areas of concern I’m going to a green based corrector to cancel out the redness, pink/peach for the darkness under my eyes and yellow for my eyelids.
The pink/peach will help with the blue vein based darkness underneath and added warmth. But on the eyelids, the veins look more purple, so I will use a yellow corrector.
The darker the under eye area is, or the darker the skin tone is, the darker the peach/orange based corrector will go. Someone with mild darkness under the eye and with fair skin, never needs orange or red. Red is only used for tattoo and stubble cover up or extremely dark acne scars/under eye darkness on deep skin tones.
I’m using a damp Beauty Blender to gently blend in and diffuse the corrector. Your fingertips work as well!
You do not want thick product and bright colors to then have to cover up. Thick layers of makeup will turn cakey and look heavy; nor do you want your concealer turning pink because it mixing with a red or orange corrector on too fair of skin.
I left a little more green over my blemish because of how much red I had to cover. But the rest of the corrector I made sure to blend out and diffuse.
The next image is with foundation, concealer and contour. See how even my skin looks?!
All done! I hope this helped you a little bit with understanding color correcting better!
Till next time,