Colour Correcting 101

With the rise of YouTube makeup gurus and makeup artists, we’ve been inundated with the latest trends to make ourselves shinier, more contoured, and more cat eyed than before, but what about those of us who want to do the opposite? Those with acne scars, rosacea, and other skin ailments might lament at our own self-consciousness and the difficulties of working with problem skin but never fear: colour correcting is here.

Colour correcting palettes might have once been an elusive, makeup artist only item, but now they’ve trickled into drugstores and supermarkets alike, with every brand under the sun making their own versions for the novice makeup lover. Unfortunately, those tiny labels plastered to the back of the palettes with well-intentioned advice often don’t provide enough information as to what the weird colours actually do.

Don’t worry, it’s a simple case of knowing the colour wheel.



Yellow Corrector: Let’s say you have purple under eye circles. One look at the opposite colour on the wheel and you’ll have yellow. What does that mean? It means you use the yellow concealer on purplish dark circles, blend, then put your normal concealer and foundation on top. Your eye bags have been colour corrected, and those pesky bags should be out of sight.


Lavender Corrector: Likewise, purple can cancel out yellow, so if your skin is looking sallow or you have a product that’s too warm toned, a tiny bit of lavender can help you out before putting on your other products.


Green Corrector: Okay, this one’s for acne prone skin and anyone with redness. It might be intimidating to use a green concealer on your face directly from the palette, but a killer secret is to mix a tiny bit of your green concealer with your normal concealer, just enough to give the concealer a greenish tinge. Using a small makeup brush, dab and blend this mixed concealer onto your red spots and make sure to blend out the edges so nothing peeks through! Afterwards, you can apply your foundation, and you’ll find you won’t need as much product as before.


Pinkish/Salmon Corrector: If you’re someone with an olive toned complexion or a darker skin tone, you may find that your under-eye circles aren’t strictly purple but rather greenish. So rather than using a yellow concealer, you can use a salmon corrector and use a powder that is the same shade as your skin to set, and those bags should be long gone.


Peach/Orange Corrector: For anyone with darker skin, you may find that correcting dark circles and spots requires a darker peach or even a subtle orange corrector to cancel, but like the tips above, the same technique applies: dab, blend, and foundation on top!


Remember, this guide is just that: a guide. When picking a corrector, always make sure it has the same depth as your skin tone; if you’re unsure whether you need a darker or lighter shade of peach, a deeper green or if you’re just fine with a mint coloured corrector, it’s always worth doing your research online and to ask around to make sure you get the right one.



Words: K.R.Lai


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