In our many hours of watching, admiring and sometimes questioning beauty gurus online, there is one phenomenon that remains ever-present: colour correcting. Most, if not all, of our favourite make-up experts swear by this – why is that? Half the time, I feel like I’m not doing it right, or that it’s simply not working for me. Frustrating, given the amount of products out there that cater to this (and at such good prices, too).
What is colour correcting?
This week, with some help from our friends over at Australis and L.A. Girl, I decided to venture forth and colour correct to see if it matters as much as everyone online says it does. There’s a range of ways to go about it, from thicker concealers to thinner, softer primers. The purpose of colour correcting is to give you that just-stepped-off-the-pages-of-a-magazine look that Anne Hathaway achieves on a daily basis. It can disguise redness, discolouration, dark spots, and any hyper-pigmentation. Even though foundation and concealer can do the trick (if they’re up to it, that is), colour correcting is that extra step towards flawless-looking skin, and helps out the rest of your make-up by making the job easier for you all.
Depending on your skin concerns and personal preference, what formula you choose is pretty important. Concealers that are thicker and provide heavier coverage are generally used for darker, more concentrated correction; lighter colour correcting products are used as a general, all-over fix that’s similar to swiping on a filter on Instagram.
So how do I pick a colour?
Again, you’ve got to look at your skin concerns and personal preference. The most basic rule I’ve highlighted during this experiment is that colour correcting should be considered as a colour wheel is: opposites on the wheel (i.e. contemporary colours) cancel one another out. But hang on, anyway, because I’m going to break it down for you all.
- Red/orange: dark spots, beware! Red, orange and peach correctors counterbalance the blue hues that come from tired eyes and sun damage spots. Whilst the peachy correctors work hard when it comes to lighter skin tones, the red and orange ones are the best friends of deeper skin tones. (Personal pick: NYX Professional Makeup Dark Circle Concealer)
- Pink: olive skin tones, rejoice! Pink banishes yellowness and tints of green, brightening your overall appearance and giving you a more even, illuminated look. Pretty cool for the oldest colour in the known universe, right? (Personal pick: Australis Colour Clique CC Primer in Pink Lady)
- Yellow: pinkness, watch out! Exactly as pink banishes yellow, yellow can strike right back. Whether it’s some pesky, broken capillaries around the nose or the leftover pink undertones of a breakout, yellow correctors will save you. (Personal pick: NYX Professional Makeup Concealer in Yellow)
- Green: red alert! We’ve all experienced the annoying redness that comes with a runny nose, some irritated acne, or even the day-to-day hassle of something more permanent. By far the most popular colour correcting agent, green tackles all these issues and makes our grass a little (dare I say it?) greener. (Personal pick: L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Corrector in Green)
- Blue/indigo/violet: sallowness, begone! These cool colours neutralise all the warm ones (yellow, orange and everything in between). If you’ve got pigmentation or a general yellowness you’re not satisfied with, they can sort it out. It’s kind of like when your self-tan is acting out with that orange-y tint you do not want, all you have to do is turn to our cool friends for a correction. (Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet)
As far as what Beauty Bliss offers in the line of colour correcting, we’ve got you covered. Our most popular corrector collection, by far, is the L.A. Girl range of Pro Coverage concealers. At only $9.95 a piece, and a tried and trusted formula to boot, they do their job immaculately. In addition to the personal picks above, Australis offers a range of colour correcting primers, as does NYX Professional Makeup with concealers. Now that I’ve gotten into the habit of correcting (and finally know what I’m doing when I’m staring listlessly at my Colour Correcting Palette in the morning), I’ve found it’s a step that I can’t miss. Without my primer, or my green corrector on irritable skin days, I just don’t look as much like Anne Hathaway as I want to.
Pop by the store sometime to talk to us about your colour correcting needs (we’ve all become experts at it, honestly). If you’ve got it figured out from my super informative post, then feel free to shop all you want on our website! We’re cheering you on!
See you soon,