Color Correcting 101

Hi there and happy August!  I can’t believe it’s already August….where the heck did summer go?!

I’m sure you’ve heard of color correcting by now, since it’s all over Instagram and Pinterest.  It can seem pretty scary, since you’re putting green, purple, orange, and peach colors on your skin!  Essentially, what you are doing is combating discoloration with an opposite color.  Think back to elementary school when you learned about the color wheel!  This is the exact principle color correcting uses.

Source: We All Sew


Green neutralizes red.  So, it’s perfect for blemishes, rosacea, or any natural redness you may have.  For any pesky blemishes, or acne scars I would recommend spot concealing.  Some products I recommend to get the job done are L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer, Green CorrectorNYX Cosmetics Concealer in Green, or Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen.

If you have all over redness I would recommend a green primer to diffuse any redness you may have.  Some products to try would be Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer or Pur Cosmetics Correcting Primer Redness Reducer.

Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen


Orange, and peach are across from the blues on the color wheel, so it makes it perfect to correct any dark under eye circles.  Or possibly, any veins or bruising.  Orange works best for darker skin tones, and peach works best for lighter skin tones.  Some orange and peach color concealers that I recommend are: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye CorrectorLoreal Infalliable Total Cover Color Correcting KitMaybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Brightener. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector


A lavender color concealer or primer will help brighten up a complexion that has hyperpigmentation or yellow undertones.  To spot conceal I recommend: Loreal Infalliable Total Cover Color Correcting Kit.

A good lavender primer to use would be: Becca First Light Priming Filter.

Loreal Infalliable Total Cover Color Correcting Kit.  This is a great starter kit if you have uses for a few of these shades!

If I decide I am going to color correct here are is the order I apply the products on my face:

  1. Primer
  2. Color corrector
  3. Foundation
  4. Concealer

If the primer is a color correcting primer, then I would just go straight into foundation after primer!

Now, these are just the basics of color correcting.  You’ll find a lot more articles with more details, but this just gives you the gist of it for now.  I think  color correcting is a fun beauty technique to learn, because sometimes even my Tarte shape tape can’t completely cover up my dark circles or redness from a blemish!



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