Rude's Guide to Color Correcting

Rude's Guide to Color Correcting

Color correcting makeup: We’ve all heard of it. For most makeup users, it may seem intimidating. But with this comprehensive guide, you can become a color master and learn how to best utilize the color wheel for your complexion. 

When you look at the color wheel, two colors opposite of each other will neutralize each other out when mixed. How do we apply this to makeup? Well, let’s say you have purple-ish discoloration in your under eye area. The opposite color from purple is yellow, so you can use a yellow color corrector to cancel out the purple. Interested? Let’s go over some color corrector shades and their functions!

(Pictured: Fabulous Concealer Wheel, Reflex Waterproof Concealer)

1. Green

On the color wheel, green sits on the opposite side of red. Green color correctors are therefore used to neutralize red and pink tones of the face, usually caused by irritation, acne, or other skin sensitivities. They can also be useful to apply under a foundation that is pinker than your true skin tone to create a better match. Green color correctors can usually be used on all skin tones.

2. Yellow

As mentioned before, yellow correctors can be used to cancel out purple and blue tones  on the skin. This discoloration is commonly found in the under eye area. It can also be used to brighten dull skin tones and is recommended for fair to medium skin tones.

3. Lavender

On the other side of the wheel, lavender or purple color correctors are used to correct sallow or yellow tones. Lavender is also great for brightening fair to light skin tones. You can also use lavender correctors  to neutralize a foundation that is too yellow.

4. Orange/Peach

Peach or orange colors are great for camouflaging discoloration on darker skin tones. These shades correct hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and under eye circles on deeper skin. 

How To Use:

  1. Start out with your favorite moisturizer and makeup primer all over the face. This will ensure the longevity and flawless finish of your makeup.
  2. Use a precise concealer brush to apply the color correct on targeted areas. You are essentially spot concealing any discoloration you see fit, using the knowledge provided above. Make sure to only apply enough to neutralize the discoloration, not completely cover the spot in that color.
  3. Lightly blend out the edges of the corrector shade to camouflage with the rest of the skin. 
  4. Allow the corrector to set for a minute or two before applying your regular foundation or concealer over it.
  5. Dab and blend gently so you don’t blend out the corrector color too much. 
  6. Finish off and set with your favorite setting powder and setting spray!

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