Color correcting has always been around, but lately it’s become quite the trend and brands are jumping on that bandwagon real quick to pump out the latest and greatest in color correcting products. I, for one, am in love with color correcting. Unlike strobing, heavy contour and Instagram eyebrows, this is a trend that I can actually get behind (but hey, each to their own if one or all of those trends are your jam- do your thing)!
I thought it’d be fun to do a little Color Correcting 101 series, where I teach you how to correct and conceal different issues you may face (on your face, haha). To start, I want to give you a super quick rundown on how color correcting works. Remember way back in the elementary school days where you learned about the color wheel? Basically, with color correcting, colors that are opposite on the wheel will cancel each other out- so, for example, if you have dark blue circles under your eyes, you’ll want to use an orange or peachy corrector to cancel out the blue. Check out (and pin for later!) this handy dandy color wheel I made, it’ll help much more than my words if you’re a visual learner!
Today’s lesson is going to be on how to color correct redness in your skin. For some reason, I’ve always had a lot of redness on my nose. I don’t know what it’s deal is, but it’s annoying to be walking around looking like Rudolph (okay, dramatic.. it’s not that bad, but it does annoy me, haha). Opposite on the color wheel to red is green, so I am going to be using green products to cancel out that redness and bring those red areas of my face back to a neutral territory.
While there are a lot of green correctors currently on the market, I am going to stick with two of my current faves: MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Redness Correcting Primer (this whole line of primers is amazing) and Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Mint (I just got this full set for review and I’m already obsessed). Another current favorite (that I didn’t use in today’s tutorial but have been using lately) is the Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector in Co(vert) Affairs. Sephora has a ton of great product suggestions on their color correcting page as well!
I start by applying a small amount of the green MAKE UP FOR EVER primer to my nose. While it may sound a little overkill to be using two green products to cover my not super intense amount of redness, using the primer first really helps to keep the corrector in place when you blend your foundation over top afterwards. Once you let the primer set for a few seconds, apply a bit of the Urban Decay corrector (or whatever correct you’re using) to the areas that are red. Don’t go overboard with this, as you don’t want to have a green face when you’re done and you can always go back and add more if needed.
Sidenote- I was in the process of color correcting my dark circles as well in these photos, in case you’re wondering why my under eyes are orange, haha.
I then use a flat concealer brush to blend out the product all over my areas of redness. Make sure you’re not blending it in so much that the product just disappears. You want to be able to see the green a bit still so that you can be sure it’s cancelling out the red. Once your redness is all corrected, all you need to do is apply your foundation and concealer as usual (although you may now be able to use a bit less foundation and concealer than you may usually use if you were using those products to cover a lot of the redness before). You shouldn’t be able to see any green peeking through your foundation, and if you can, you probably used too much. Just add a little more foundation to the area that’s still a bit green, and use a lighter hand next time!
Aaaand here is the finished product! You’ll see in the picture above that most of my redness is in the center of the bridge of my nose and under my nostril area, and that is totally covered in the picture below. I LOVE that I can get the coverage I want without having to cake on layer after layer of product. Color correcting is so my jam!
I hope you enjoyed the first post in this new Color Correcting 101 series! Next up is how to color correct dark circles (my personal favorite), so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Have you jumped on the color correcting bandwagon (or have you already been on it for years)?