Color Correction for a Flawless Complexion


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Color Correction for a Flawless Complexion

  • If your skin tone hasn’t been looking quite right, you may benefit from using a color corrector.  Color correctors brighten, correct and diffuse irregular colorations on your face (Goodbye, hyper-pigmentation!) . Instead of trying to conceal the trouble spots with heavy foundation, which often makes your skin look dull and your makeup heavy, apply a color correcting primer first. It allows you to use less foundation so more of your skin shows through. This helps to achieve the natural, translucent look that we are often told can only come from using Photoshop. Some color correctors also come in powder form that you can dust them on anytime to neutralize, warm or brighten your skin.

  • The colors opposite each other on the color wheel are complimentary colors for decorating purposes, but for color correcting skin they also cancel each other out. So, for instance, green is opposite red on the wheel so if your skin is red you would use a green color corrector to neutralize the red. Pretty easy and effective. If you have skin problems such as rosacea, redness from acne, sallow skin, or skin that just needs brightening, using a color corrector might be the easy solution you’ve been looking for!

  • Green Correctors work well for extreme redness such as sunburn, rashes or birthmarks.

    Clinique Redness Solutions
    Koh Gen Do Color Base
    L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer

  • Yellow Correctors are an excellent choice for correcting milder redness such as broken capillaries or mild rosacea.

    Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer Primer
    Clinique Instant Relief Mineral Powder
    Clinique Superprimer for Redness

  • Pink Correctors brighten up a complexion that is too yellow or sallow. Pinks can add a nice warm glow to winter skin that is looking dull and ashy.

    L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer
    Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
    Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Blend

  • Peach/Apricot Correctors work well to cover up blues such as under eye circles, which is why many under eye concealers are apricot colored. Apricot can also brighten olive skin tones. Orange Correctors can warm up ashy skin on dark skin tones. Orange also corrects very dark purple/blue under eye circles and bruises.

    Clinique Superprimer for Deeper Skin
    MAC prep and prime cc correcting powder compact
    NYX Conceal Correct and Contour (light, medium or deep)

  • Image 1: By Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello || Image 2: Frida Gustavsson by Max Adabian for Elle Canda ||


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  3. camille says:

    Great post ! It really helped me out

  4. Helena says:

    So glad I read this! I’ve been struggling with small marks from acne for a lot of years now. Sometimes they can be a struggle to cover up (while still looking pretty neutral), so I’m definitely going to try a colour correcting primer out. Thinking about buying one from Clinique – have you tried their superprimers? How do you like them?

    • Shea Marie says:

      Hi Helena, I haven’t tried the superprimer since I don’t have redness all over. I use the yellow powder in the middle. It’s perfect for covering red spots. I use liquid foundation or a bb cream so you just need a dab with a small brush on the offending spot and the red disappears.

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