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How to colour correct, correctly

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How to colour correct, correctly

I've seen green and orange people...


In many Insta mini-torials, there is some sort of colour correcting.
You know, the green, orange, purple or even red thing you see some 'beauty gurus' slathering on before foundation.

"What is that?!"
Colour correcting is a technique used to neutalize discolorations on the skin that regular concealer or foundation may not beable to cover.

"Why the weird colours?"
Colour correction is based on the colour-wheel or chart.
Colours that are opposite of one another on the wheel cancel out or rather neutralize each other.
Green concealer cancels our redness in the skin, purple minimizes yellow spots, whereas yellow cancels out purple veins or bruises. Orange, salmon or peach concealer takes care of blue-ish marks or dark circles.

Foreo.com - How to apply color correcting concealer

There is absolutely nothing wrong with colour correcting. Many people, like myself, have hyperpigment isuses and other skin discolourations that foundation and concealer simply cannot mask. Choosing a suitable colour corrector can help one achieve a uniformed, flawless skin tone. This is by NO MEANS an alternative to treating the skin.

The great pet peeve lies, when these correctors being used incorrectly, the wrong shades being used, and the unnecessary use of them.

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So excited to collab with @tianacosmetics for this crazy entire face color correcting💃🏼🎉💖 DISCLAIMER: just having fun 😜 this is by no means meant for every day use 😘 show us your #colorcorrectingclash Products used: Brush: @sigmabeauty percision 3DHD kabuki @maybelline master glaze in coral sheen (aka red stuff under my eyes) @maybelline fitme concealer stick in light @nyxcosmetics color correcting concealer kit (A MUST HAVE) @vegas_nay lashes in #shiningstar 🌟 #vegasnaylashes @toofaced #bornthisway foundation @gerardcosmetics lippie in "Vintage Rose" code "Nicol25" for 💰off @lauragellerbeauty highlighter in gilded honey @morphebrushes 35O palette use code "NICOL" for💰off @urbandecaycosmetics blush in "kinky" @anastasiabeverlyhills brow wiz in caramel @norvina All brushes are from @morphebrush use code "NICOL" for 10% off purchase

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An example of over doing the process - Instagram video of Nicole Concilio

Incorrect/ misleading use

It is HARDLY likey that someone is going to have use for every single corrector in the palette. Videos like the one above are misleading to makeup novices. Even though this clearly states "...this by no means is meant for everyday use...", some people will still believe they need all this, even though this is product promotion.

Not everyone needs colour correction.
Some of you are blessed with beautiful skin but want to pack on piles of unnecessary product. A medium to full coverage foundation or concealer can cover any minor discolouration.

The chart below simplifies it here perfectly!

Easy peasy break down - 29secrets.com

Find your correct corrector!

A common mistake makeup consumers make, is purchasing the wrong shade of corrector for their skin tone. What you will find happening is that you will start using more foundation to coverup the excessive CC, and it can turn out to be a big mess.
To prevent that let me break it down further:

  1. Dark/deep skin tone: deep red or burnt orange.

  2. Medium/light skin tone: salmon, peach or pink.

  3. In my opinion, green and lavender concealers only apply to fair to light skin tones. Yellow concealer can be used on deep to fair tones to brighten. Its all in the technique.


I hope this article was informative enough to help you understand the basics of colour correction and its use. Still not too sure which one you should use? Hit me up in the comments or email me at shaina.cb@gmail.com.

Shaina Brown

Shaina Brown

Shaina Brown is a Caribbean woman from the Island of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a beauty writer, advisor and Makeup Artist on a mission to help the average woman not be the 'typical woman'.

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