The Foolproof Guide To Colour Correcting

For the girls who stick to no fuss makeup, colour correcting probably hasn’t been on your radar. But if you’re looking to step up your makeup game and achieve a flawless finish, colour correcting is where to start.

What is colour correcting?

Colour correcting is a form of concealing, done prior to applying your normal concealer. This technique uses the concept of the complimentary colours to mask blemishes, discolouration and uneven skin tone. For example, red blemishes like acne can be disguised with a green-based colour corrector, and bluey-purple under eye circles can be masked with an orange or red colour corrector.

Where do I start?

Firstly identify the concerns you are trying to conceal. Next, you’ll need to line up the shade you’re trying to conceal with its complimentary shade on the colour wheel. You can just Google a colour wheel if you’re not familiar with your complimentary colours.

How to apply:

Apply your primer and foundation as usual. If your blemishes and still showing through, apply the suitable colour correcting shade to the affected area only with a concealer brush. Blend in the colour to the area and apply your skin-toned concealer over the top. Only colour correct affected areas – blending outside of these areas can wash out the complexion.

BECCA’s range of Backlight Colour Correcting Creme‘s are ideal for anyone who wants to dabble in this technique. Available in 4 shades to counteract every skin concern.

Papaya: Targets dark circles, deep blues and unwanted deep green tones. Corrects dullness, ashy tones and dark under-eye circles.

Peach: Targets dullness and blue tone, as well as the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Peach tones also brighten fair complexions.

Violet: Target dull and sallow areas, including darkened spots, and overly orange and yellow tones.

Pistachio: Targets redness around the mouth and nose, as well as pimples or reddened areas. Pistachio corrects red and pink tones in the skin.

What if colour correcting is too heavy for me?

If you prefer light coverage, colour correcting may feel too heavy on your skin. If you’d still like to disguise concerns like general redness, try a green-based primer underneath your foundation. This will counteract redness, but the primer formulation will allow it to smooth straight onto the skin without feeling cakey.

Shop Red Earth Prime Perfection Corrective Makeup Base here

What if my skin is just generally dull?

Try a brightening primer underneath your foundation. The soft yellow tint in Colorescience’s Skin Brightening Primer will give you the appearance of a radiant complexion and natural-looking glow to target dull and sallow skin.

Shop Colorescience Skin Brightening Primer here

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