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When, Why, and How To Color Correct

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By March 15, 2016 No Comments

When, Why, and How To Color Correct

Although makeup artists have been color correcting for years, this technique has become a major trend as of late.  Just as contouring and strobing took Youtubers and Instagramers by storm, we couldn’t help but wonder what all the color correcting buzz was about.  To figure out if we could actually do this ourselves (or if we should leave it in the hands of the makeup artists), we reached out to Kerry Cole, BECCA Style Director.  Turns out, even the most perfect complexions can benefit from some correction.  Here’s what she had to say:

Beauty Banter: What are the basic rules of color correcting?

Kerry Cole:  It is all about color theory and finding the opposite color to neutralize the problem. Remember color correctors are meant to correct or neutralize, and concealer and foundation are meant to cover.

Green: Neutralizes redness for fair to medium skin tones with red undertones.
Violet: Neutralizes dullness for light to tan/olive skin tones with yellow undertones.
Red/Papaya: Neutralizes deep blues and greens for tan to deep bronze skin tones with blue undertones.
Peach: Neutralizes dark circles and hyperpigmentation for beige to deep bronze skin tones.

BB:  Is color correcting an additional makeup step, or will it replace other steps?

KC: If you find that your concealer or foundation isn’t covering your discoloration, I would recommend adding color correcting to your routine. Yes, it’s an additional step, but you’ll find that you use less product to cover, and in turn you’ll spend less time trying to cover up stubborn areas.

BB: What are common mistakes you see? Any application tips?


1. Always stick to the less is more concept.
2. Apply a tiny amount using your fingertips, the heat from fingers melts the product into the skin.
3. Follow application by blending your corrector into the skin with a concealer brush or sponge (this is the most important part of color correcting, blend blend blend!).
4. If you’re on the oily side, top it off with a setting powder.

BB: For people who don’t have any serious skin discolorations, is color correcting still useful?

KC: Sure, just stick to shades like light peach or violet. Use them under your foundation to brighten areas of the skin. Apply to the center of the face, around the eyes and even down the center of the chin, much like you would your highlighter.

After chatting with Kerry, I gave BECCA’s Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors ($30) a whirl. Peach instantly brightened up my tired eyes, and in turn allowed me to use less concealer for coverage. A few dabs of green around my nose helped with redness from pesky seasonal allergies. Safe to say that I am sold!

Do you use color correctors in your makeup routine? If so, let us know how in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

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