Color Correcting : Is it necessary?

You watch your favorite YouTube beauty guru review the new high-end foundation. It has awesome coverage, it's smooth and blurs all imperfections and it costs $68. You head on over to the store then buy a low-end foundation that costs a little under $10 and do your best to replicate the look you saw on YouTube but it just doesn't look the same. No matter how hard you try to match the shade, you use concealers to cover up dark marks, you use primers, setting sprays and setting powders and still, something just doesn't look right. Sound familiar?

This was me, before learning the importance of color correcting. Depending on the foundation used, I seemed to always have a shadow "beard". After my store bought foundation oxidized I'd end up with patches on my face where my skin just looked slightly ashy or discolored. I know that the highlighting with concealer and caking on makeup is the current craze but at times all you want is a BB cream or light foundation and keep it moving right? I's summer, it's hot but I still want to wear makeup. This is where color correcting comes to play.

We talked about undertones and their importance in a previous post. This is also going to be a factor when choosing your color corrector. Simply put, color correctors are concealers that have specific functions apart from just hiding acne scars. The color wheel below is used as a point of reference for which color to use for certain functions.

The colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel cancel each other out. As you can see, some are more pigmented than others but still in the same color spectrum.

When covering dark eye circles with orange or pink, apply your regular concealer over the bright pigments, then proceed with your makeup routine. In most cases, dark skinned individuals will be more inclined to using the orange and peach undertone concealers to reduce the appearance of dark circles, blemishes and hyper-pigmentation. Because of our melanin amounts, when our sin discolors it's usually a dark color.

Orange is opposite from blue. If you have darker skin with blue dark circles, orange will work to help conceal the uneven undertones. People with lighter skin should avoid orange and instead use a peach color corrector.

Green Concealer = For redness and acne
Pink Concealer = For people with lighter skin tones who have dark circles under their eyes
Yellow Concealer = For dark purple bruises, veins, and under eye circles
Purple Concealer  = For yellow skin tones and combating dull complexion


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