Color correcting in a nut shell is art for your face. It looks like you’re back in pre-school and decided to finger-paint your face with all different colors but instead of all the colors mixing to a brown goop color, they’re going to transform your skin into an even canvas. Color correcting is perfect if you have dark under-eye circles, hyper pigmentation, redness, dullness, or if you just want to be a little extra somedays. I was supppper intimidated by color correcting when it first became the latest craze. Since then I feel like it has died down a lot but recently more and more companies are rebranding their color correcting products and here we are again! This time I am armed and ready with my color correcting palette and here to share all the ins and outs with you! I promise, it really isn’t hard at all. It’s actually kind of fun the weird goofy looks you can give yourself.
Color correcting follows the rules of a color wheel. I wasn’t kidding that it really is like art for your face!
Whatever color lies opposite across from the other helps to cancel each other out. For example, to cancel out blueish-purple dark circles you would want to use an orange concealer or (red-orange depending on how deep your skin tone is) to cancel out the blue tones.
I for one have very dark under-eyes. I’m talking like it sometimes looks like I was punched in the face my eyes can get so dark. Not cute. I personally do not color correct very often. I feel like I have already found a routine that really suits me and helps the darkness. However, I will say that the product I do use to combat the darkness is a form of color correcting but not in so many ways. We’ll get to that later! For now, let’s break down the colors!
- Peach: Cancels dark circles and combats dark spots on light to medium skintones
- Orange: Cancels dark circles and combats dark spots on dark to deep skintones
- Red: Cancels dark circles on deep skin
- Green: Aids in calming targeted redness on all skin tones
- Yellow: Aids in calming allover mild redness on all skin tones
- Pink: Cancels dark circles and brightens dullness on light skintones
- Purple: Cancels dark circles and brightens dullness on medium skintones
To apply these are super easy. It’s just like concealer. You place the color(s) wherever you feel you need and then blend it out with either a beauty sponge or brush! Personally, I like to color correct BEFORE I put foundation on. I’ve seen people do it afterward but I think it blends out better before the foundation. The foundation also acts as a cover so you don’t have any green or purple spots on your skin. Color correcting does not require a heavy hand! When I first color corrected my eyes I went a little cray on the yellow-orange concealer and I ended up with a tomato face.
Across the board of drugstore and high-end just about everyone and their brother are either launching a color correcting fluid, concealer, foundation, unicorn tears OR they already have something like those in their line. I would say if you don’t color correct often there is no need to shell out $30-$40 for a color correcting palette. I think the ones at the drugstore are just as good! I use the NYX color correcting palette and I really like it. Tiny caviot to that is the product that I mentioned above that I do use every single day and absolutely swear by it; that is the BECCA Undereye Brightening Corrector ($30). BECCA is a high-end brand so you will pay a pretty little penny for this product but if you have dark circles like me, it is a necessity and I can’t go on my days without it. I’ve had mine for a very long time so you definitely get your money’s worth! It is a peach/pink corrector with luminosity components so it brings a ton of brightness underneath your eyes. If you want to know more about it check out my February Favorites post, here.
Overall, I think color correcting is a really great tool when you need it! Once your makeup is all on, no one will ever know that you had green or purple dots all over your face beforehand.