All About Color Correcting | How To Color Correct

How to color correct
How to color correct

Color correcting is all the rage right now, and I’ve been going a bit HAM when it comes to picking up color correcting products. I’ve seen lots of comments on IG regarding what color correcting is and why certain colors are used so I thought I’d make a post on how to color correct.

Flawless skin is something most people wish to attain, but not everyone has. I know I sure as hell don’t, which is why I like to color correct for special occasions. I struggle with some discoloration around my mouth, which is more common in women of color, and redness when I experience a breakout. Plus, the designer bags under my eyes like to make an appearance when I don’t get enough sleep the night before, which unfortunately is a common occurrence. That’s where color correcting comes in.

So, let’s talk how to color correct and what colors you should be using.

Why color correct? |

Applying foundation over skin that has discoloration won’t even out your skin tone because your skin tone wasn’t even to begin with. This is why you need to cancel out the discoloration first if you want a more flawless base. If you experience discoloration and feel like your foundation looks a bit ashy or grey or as if your concealer doesn’t properly conceal your under eyes, color correcting will help. It’ll also help if you suffer from blemishes and hate seeing the redness peak out from underneath your foundation.

What colors to use |

To color correct properly you need to be familiar with the color wheel. The colors across from each other on the color wheel cancel each other out.

NYX HD Concealer Lavender and Yellow

NYX HD Concealer Lavender and Yellow

NYX Green Concealer In A Jar

NYX Green Concealer In A Jar

Purple/ Lavender — brighten and color correct any yellow tones. What I use: NYX HD concealer in Lavender.

Yellow/banana — brighten and cancel purple tones. This works best for medium/olive/tan skin tones. What I use: NYX HD concealer in Yellow and MAC’s Conceal and Correct Duo Rich Yellow

Green— for redness. What I use: NYX Green Concealer In a Jar

Red— for green toned discoloration. I don’t have any red concealers, but I’ve seen people use a creamy red lipstick and it works!

Orange tones (peach, salmon, coral, etc)— cancels out blue tones. What I use: MAC Conceal and Correct Duo in Burnt Coral

Pink— evening out and brightening fair skin tones. What I use: Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (works best for lighter complexions, but it still works for me without looking too intense or unnatural).

MAC Burnt Coral and Rich Yellow for color correcting

MAC Burnt Coral and Rich Yellow

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

How to apply |

Apply a thin layer after moisturizing and priming your skin. It is meant to go underneath your makeup so it actually corrects your skin tone. Once applied, apply your foundation as you normally would, and if color correcting blemishes or under the eyes then apply concealer as you normally would then use a setting powder to set it all in place!

How to color correct makeup

Color correcting left to right: NYX HD Concealer Lavender, Yellow, Green Concealer In A Jar, MAC Conceal and Correct Duo Burnt Coral and Rich Yellow, Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Color correcting is in fact very easy once you learn the color wheel and find products that work for you. I’d definitely recommend using a light hand and applying a thin layer when color correcting otherwise your skin can look cakey when adding all the other layers on top.

I know a lot of people think color correcting is going overboard and it’s very unnecessary because you should love the skin you’re in, but it’s fun to do for special occasions likes weddings and such when you’re going to be taking lots of photographs. I definitely don’t color correct every day, but love playing around with it!

Have you tried color correcting? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • What a great post! I think color correcting is very in right now. I’ve seen so many companies come out with lavender and green concealers but I’ve never used one. I only use a peach corrector for under my eyes and it works awesome if you have dark circles.

    • Thanks, Beti! Yes, peach really does help brighten. I know I use my Burnt Coral from MAC a lot after a sleepless night lol!

  • I do use color correcting when it comes to my underlies, which are very blue. Other than that I never felt the need, but I sure have learned a lot from your post.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Yay, I’m glad it was helpful :). Which color corrector do you use?

      • The first one I used was the Bobby Brown one, then I tried a MAC one which I didn’t like as much, and no I am using the Eraser, which is almost finished. I did order the Bobby Brown one again though as a backup, it is just the one I loved the most.

  • I don’t use color correcting because I don’t tend to have darkness under the eyes, and I wear glasses ..so it hides it anyhow!

    Batty4Beauty.com

    • Yes! I love wearing glasses because then I don’t even have to wear concealer haha.

  • I don’t use color correcting because I don’t need it, thank God but I do use concealers when I’m not too lazy or when I remember so I should check out the regular NYX HD Concealers I’ve heard great things about it.

    • Haha lucky!! The NYX concealers are good :). Not my favorite, but they work really well!

  • Love this post! I really need colour correction considering I have super red skin, yellowish patches that make me look dead and very dark circles! I need all the concealer in the world haha!

    I really love colour correction, your post was brilliant! I just discovered your blog too and I’m not following you on bloglovin! Can’t wait to see the rest of your posts :)

    Caitlin
    http://www.throughthemirror.co.uk