The best colour correctors for every skin tone
Like contouring, colour correcting is taking the makeup world by storm – but it’s confusing everybody at the same time. Figuring out exactly where (and why) you should apply a shade of bright green concealer can be perplexing. However, if you apply the basic principles of your good old friend the colour wheel, you’ll find that colour correcting actually makes a whole lotta sense.
Green, peach, yellow and purple tones are your ticket to camouflaging a bucketload of imperfections. From dark circles to rosacea, achieving the perfect complexion of your dreams is as simple as matching the colour to the concern.
In a nutshell: green cancels out redness, peach neutralises dark circles, yellow eliminates bruises or deep shadows, and purple corrects sallow skin. All-over discolouration can be fixed with a colour correcting primer, or you can neutralise smaller areas with a spot corrector. For severe blotchiness, a combination of both methods will completely transform the appearance of your skin. Once you practice the wizardry that is colour correcting – you won’t go back.
For a complexion that says, “I live on green juice and ran 5k this morning,” here’s your foolproof guide to the best colour correctors for every skin tone.
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Rosacea getting you down? Blemishes being real bothersome? If you’ve got redness to conceal, go with green. Use a green corrector to spot correct a pimple before applying your regular concealer on top and watch it vanish in an instant. For all-over redness, a green-based primer will even out your skin tone and reduce redness.
Guilty of a few too many late nights? Dark circles under the eyes will give you away in a second. Luckily, it’s easy to hide your sins by using a peach- or orange-toned corrector. Instead of building up countless layers of your normal concealer, which will look cakey and creasey, apply a sheer layer of your corrector then apply a single layer of concealer. You’ll fool everyone into thinking you’re all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
To conceal bruises, veins or any marks that are purple-toned, a yellow colour corrector is where it’s at! Simply apply to skin that’s been moisturised and primed, let it sit for a minute or so, then apply your foundation or concealer on top. You’ll be amazed at the difference. Hot tip: apply a yellow colour corrector or yellow-based eyeshadow primer to your eyelids before applying eyeshadow to instantly look radiant and well-rested.
Not feeling like your best self? Combat dull, tired or sallow skin with a purple colour corrector. The purple will eliminate any yellow undertones in your skin and instantly bring you back to life. Hit refresh on your complexion by applying a purple-based primer before your foundation. For any yellow spots, apply a purple spot corrector before applying foundation or concealer.
bh loves: Revlon PhotoReady™ Color Correcting Primer, Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet ($50, sephora.com.au), Australis Conceal Correct 4-in-1, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer - No. 3 Violet
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