While to some beauty aficionados the trend isn’t new, it seems like nowadays every brand, from high end to drugstore has their own line of colour correcting products. BECCA recently released their colour correcting pots, however these sell for $50 each, no thank you! Stila is also about to release their Correct & Perfect palette at Mecca next week, while Urban Decay, L.A. Girl and NYX have had colour correcting concealers out for a while now. But what is colour correcting? And how does one know which colours go wear, and for what purpose? Well I’ve put together a quick crash course to colour correcting to help guide you through the trend and make things a little clearer, so I hope you enjoy it!
Colouring Correcting, or CC, is all about neutralising problem areas and brightening up dull skin. While traditional concealers try to cover up blemishes, colour correcting products are used first to counteract the skin tone so the traditional concealer has an even base to work on. By using colour correcting products, you’ll find yourself using less traditional concealer and foundation to cover up, which will help your skin and stop you from running through products quicker than normal.
Since CC products are used to counteract and not conceal, you need to use a contrasting shade depending on what area you want to improve. A colour wheel like the one below is always handy to refer to when you’re unsure. Whatever problem you want to counteract, find it on the colour wheel, and the colours directly opposite it will be used to correct!
For example, if you tend to have red skin around your T zone like myself or some of your acne is red, green is directly opposite red on the colour wheel, so you’d use a green coloured concealer to even out those parts!
If your under eye bags have a purple tone to them and you want to brighten them up, since yellow is directly opposite purple on the colour wheel, you’ll use a yellow toned concealer.
If you’re pale I’d recommend staying away from any sort of orange based concealer, as these are designed for darker skin tones. Used the same way as the yellow concealers, orange concealers combat dark under eye circles. Ignore the fact I used a bright red liquid lipstick as a prop, I don’t own any orange concealers as I’m a pale person myself! But you get the idea!
A normal, traditional concealer is what most people are familiar with! Once you’ve colour corrected to your hearts desire, go about your usual makeup routine and buff some normal concealer over the areas you corrected. You’ll find your concealer won’t have to work as hard because your base has been neutralised, and you won’t have to keep building up product.
- Only apply small amounts of CC products as sometimes you’ll just be targeting small areas, so if you blend excess product all over your skin it’ll defeat the purpose.
- Like every makeup product, blend it in to your skin well! The better the blend the more natural it will look in the end and you won’t find a patch of green trying to break through your foundation half way through the day.
- I’d recommend buffing your makeup in with a beauty blender if you have one, as if you go in with a makeup brush and try to blend every colour together, you’ll ruin all your hard work and won’t get the same effect.
- Also, there’s absolutely no need to rush out and start participating in a new trend like this if you don’t want to. Makeup is up to you and there’s nothing telling you you have to do this, this post is just for those who want to know more about a new technique.
I hope this helped some of you in some way! Would you try colour correcting? Leave me a comment below so we can chat and don’t forget to give this post a “like” if you enjoyed it!
All the love and thank you for reading,