Color Correcting: What to Know and How to Do It

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What to Know

If you’ve visited any beauty counter recently, you most likely will have found an array of pretty pastel products that claim to ‘color correct’. But whilst they may look rather intimidating and not like something you’d usually put on your face, these products are the answer to your best-looking skin yet.

Fast becoming the beauty technique to know, color correcting is based on the color wheel, where the opposing shade helps cancel out the one directly opposite it – meaning you can use one color to neutralize its opposite unwanted color or tone in your skin. “The idea behind color correction is that colors have opposites that cancel each other out. For example, if you have redness in your skin, green will help neutralize it,” explains Gilbert Soliz, Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“Color correcting in makeup is when you use different corrector shades to minimize any skin imperfection,” agrees Samira Olfat, celebrity makeup artist and Max Factor Brand Ambassador in the Middle East. “You need to choose the right shade of corrector and then apply concealer on top of it to create a natural skin tone – using too much product is not recommended. Also, blending it in too much will erase the corrector effect and the imperfections will reappear. Practice a few times to learn what’s best for you. Color correcting is basically the new contouring!”

Not only does color correcting help hide skin concerns, it actually allows you to wear less makeup too, which is perfect as summer approaches. “Color correcting has become popular because it neutralizes the skin tone, and this means you need less foundation coverage”, MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, Vimi Joshi, tells Savoir Flair. “Find out where your skin had pigmentation or discoloration and you can use color correction to perfect it.”

What Products to Use

For redness: use green correctors
For dark under eyes/blue hues: use yellow or orange correctors
For yellow undertones: use lavender/purple correctors
For dullness: use peach/pink correctors

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