Thanks to Instagram, color correcting has become a "new" trend. I put quotations around new because it isn't new. At all. In fact, this technique is so old, I'll almost go so far as to say that it is an ancient one. Makeup artists have been doing this for eons. It's all based on color theory, which seems to have been completely lost in its recent trendiness. So, to clear the air, and help those of you that may be curious about how to properly use these crazy colored products, I'll break down how to properly use each color, some of the colors, such as green and orange, are used in the video above.
Orange/Peach/Salmon: Probably the most used colors in the land of correctors, these colors are for any kind of darkness in the skin. Hyperpigmentation from acne scarring, under eye darkness, bruising, etc. Because color correctors are so heavily pigmented, they are to be used very sparingly. This goes for all of the colors.
Green: This is definitely the second most used color in the corrector bunch. This one is used to cancel out redness, whether it is from active acne, rosacea, (non-painful) sunburn, and any ruddiness in lighter complexions.
Purple/Violet/Blue: I get a lot of questions and looks of confusion when I pull out the violet corrector. This group of correctors is for combating dullness, sallowness or overwhelming yellow tones in the skin, unrelated to undertones.
Yellow: Some of you may remember when Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of herself with yellow primer all over the high points of her face. Well, what her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic was doing, was highlighting her face from the base level. Yellow is used to brighten the complexion in the areas when you would normally highlight with a lighter concealer. Like with the rest of the corrector colors, you apply and blend underneath your foundation, so that you see the effect if it after applying your foundation, instead of seeing the actual product.
I'll say that again, for the cheap seats in the back: YOU'RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THE CORRECTOR, NOT THE ACTUAL CORRECTOR!
I hope that this guide to color correctors helps you on your path to a flawless complexion, and saves you from spreading all of the above colors on your face like warpaint! Remember, just because you saw it on Instagram, doesn't mean it's accurate!
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in the next blog!