How to Apply Color-Correcting Makeup?


If you’ve heard of color-correcting makeup before and think it’s not for you, I get it. Those yellow, green and peach tubes look horrifying! But here’s the deal – color-correcting is actually genius. By applying color correctors that are sheer and lightweight, they subtly brighten and correct your skin problems, so you can get away with LESS foundation and concealer! Color correction makeup will take your complexion to the next level – it will look more perfected & luminous, but not heavy.

I’m going to share how to color-correct three different concerns: dark circles, redness, and dullness.

Correct Dark Circles

Step 1: Neutralize the shadows under your eyes with a colour corrector.

  • If you have fair to light skin: Choose a pink corrector.
  • If you have light to medium skin: Choose a peach corrector.
  • If you have tan to dark skin: Choose an orange corrector.
  • If you have deep skin: Choose a red corrector.

Step 2: For discolouration on your eyelids, use a colour-correcting eye primer. I like BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector because it’s creamy and it eradicates eye darkness by brightening and evening skin tone.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Step 3: Finish with a creamy concealer on top of your colour-corrected dark circles to create a seamless look to your eye area. I use Sisley Phyto Cernes Eclat Eye Concealer with Botanical Extracts (with Brush). It masks signs of fatigue, rests & illuminates the eye area and moistures & softens the skin. It comes with a brush for easy application and delivers a long-lasting natural finish.

Sisley Phyto Cernes Eclat Eye Concealer with Botanical Extracts (with Brush)

Correct Redness

Step 1: A green colour corrector is the best in calming redness, no matter what your skin tone is.

  • If you have all-over intense redness: Choose a green primer.
  • If you have spots of intense redness: Choose a targeted green colour.
  • If you have all-over mild redness: Choose a yellow primer.
  • If you have spots of mild redness: Choose a targeted yellow colour corrector.

Step 2: On top of the green or yellow corrector, apply your usual foundation.

Correct Dullness

Step 1: If your complexion seems dull, apply a pink, purple or blue primer for an all-over brightening effect. Apply the product on your cheeks right up to your temples to catch the light and add luminosity. It makes your temples and upper cheeks look pushed forward, and you’ll look more beautiful.

  • If you have light skin: Choose a pink corrector.
  • If you have medium skin: Choose a purple or blue corrector.
  • If you have dark skin: Cool tones can make you look ashy, so add warmth with golden and caramel correctors.

Step 2 (optional): Add a dab of pink corrector at the inner corner of each eye to take the brightening effect even further.

I hope this has inspired you to try color correction makeup! Although it’s extra skin work, this would ultimately help you to use less foundation and concealer on top, because it neutralizes and brightens your skin tone. Try it out yourself next time!

Speaking of makeup, Beauty Blender often goes hand in hand with foundation application, but do you know the correct way to clean it? We’ll go into that next time!

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