What are colour correctors?
Available as a palette, pot or tube, colour correctors are makeup products designed to rectify specific skin troubles. Generally, they have a creamy consistency and sit lightly on the skin. Colour correcting primers and concealers are meant to be used with a light hand before applying base makeup such that they don’t even show on the skin when it comes to the final makeup look.
How do colour correctors work?
Although they may seem intimidating, the process of colour correction is actually quite simple. It relies on the same colour theory or the colour wheel that we’ve all been taught in our art classes at school. On the colour wheel, you need to find the shade of the skin concern you wish to neutralise (such as purplish dark circles and red pimple marks.) The colour directly opposite the shade on the wheel is the one that will neutralise it.
How to colour correct your skin
Certain coloured correctors equalise specific skin tone imperfections for the face shade to be neutralised and appear flawless when the base is completed. For that, one needs to know exactly which shade targets what concern and for which skin tone. To help you along the way, refer to our handy list below.
Colour corrector – Peach, orange or red
Skin concern – Dark circles and spots on medium to dark skin.
On medium toned skin, peach combats the blueness of under eye problems effectively. As darker skin tones need a stronger neutraliser, use an orange or red corrector.
Colour corrector – Green
Skin concern – Rosacea and acne. On all skin tones, green acts as an offset to the stark redness of acne or rosacea and neutralises it before base makeup is applied.
Colour corrector – Yellow
Skin concern – Under eye bags and darkness. If you have dark under eyes or bruises, yellow combats the reddish violet tones with ease.
Colour corrector – Purple or pink
Skin concern – Dullness. On medium to dark toned skin, lavender alleviates yellow undertones and brightens the skin. On fair skin, a pink corrector will do the same job.
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