Colour Corrections – What Colour for Which Skin

I must just start by saying a massive apology for my recent absence from the blogging world! I’ve had a few things crop up that needed my attention, but I should be back on my game again now!

So, as promised, this little post is all about colour corrections!

I think colour correcting is one of them subjects which not enough of us talk about – it’s kind of half assumed we all know what does what, but in reality very few of us can identify the right colour correcter to use for problem skin… let’s change that 🙂

Let’s quickly cover a couple of basics…

  • Always use colour correctors after primer but before foundation – primer is always a must before any kind of makeup, and applying a colour corrector after foundation will be too pigmented and obvious.
  • Generally pale colours for pale skin, and more pigmented colours (sometimes paired with other correctors) for darker skin tones.
  • Know your skin! If you can’t identify what needs correcting you could end up using the wrong product!
  • Colour correctors are not concealers concealers cover up blemishes (spots etc), whereas colour corrector neutralise your skin tone. Colour correctors should be applied before foundation, but concealers are usually applied after foundation.

So let’s look at the colour wheel – fundamentally this is your go-to-guide, and it takes seconds to learn! Quite simply, whichever colour issue you are having, look across the other side of the chart, and this will neutralise the colour! I’ll go in to more detail below…

color-wheel-makeup-color-corrector

 

Yellow/Sallow Skin – This type of skin is most common in Asian ethnicity, but can be apparent in most skin types (or can also appear if you are feeling unwell); to correct any sallowness/dullness in the skin, apply a purple/lilac colour corrector to the area. If you have light skin then stick with the lilac colour on it’s own (a more lavender-like shade), however if you have a darked skin tone, use a darker, more pigmented purple – you may also find that you will have to pair this with a dark peach/orange corrector, as the purple on its own may not be pigmented enough to conceal skin you are correcting (dependant on how dark the skin is).

Blue Skin/Dark Circles – We all get dark circles under our eyes from time to time (too many parties, children, or just stressing out), and for others, they just have that blue-tinged colour patched of skin naturally (generally found around the eye area). Dark circles can be an absolute pain to cover up with foundation on its own – the blue colour still shines through! To balance this out, use an orange colour corrector – this will take away the blueness and will even out your skin tone… don’t worry, using an orange colour corrector will not turn your foundation orange too! Again, with darker skin make sure to use a more pigmented orange, whereas with pale skin use a pastel tone.

Grey Skin – Similar to dark circles , but without the bluish tinge – this is usually found on more mature skin, but can occur at any time. To colour balance grey skin, use a yellow colour corrector (a banana-like colour is most popular) – if you have darker skin you may need to balance this out with another peachy coloured colour corrector as the yellow on it’s own may not be strong enough.

Red Skin – Probably the most common type of ‘problem’ skin! Most people get red patches at some point, and anyone with sensitive or thin skin will definitely know all about getting redness in the skin! This is something I sometimes get because I have borderline sensitive skin! It’s one of them things that you can apply copious amounts of foundation too and you still have patches where the redness shines through – it’s rather irritating! So to combat red skin, make sure to use a green colour corrector – this neutralises the red perfectly and really gives a more balanced skin tone after your foundation is applied. As with the other skin tones, make sure to use a pastel colour for fair skin, and darker pigmented colours for darker skin.

There are so many different types of colour correctors you can get on the market – from palettes, to creams, to sticks, to colour correctors combined with primers! I tend to use a palette so that I can target specific areas as they appear, but I will be doing a comparison piece not too far in the future to try out what the best correctors are!

I hope this piece has been helpful to understand colour correcting, however if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask – I’m always happy to help!

I’m super excited to say that my next post is going to be another product review (seeing as I haven’t done one in a while) – it’s one really not to be missed, so make sure to keep updated (my Twitter and Facebook pages are a great way to keep posted on what’s coming up next!).

Until next time!

 

Lots of love,

Roben

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6 Comments

  1. Mili

    Color correcting has been everywhere lately, but I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. Thanks so much for going through all the different skin issues. Looks like I’m going to be shopping for a green color corrector 🙂

    Mili

    • roben

      I’m really glad you like it, and that the post has been useful to you! Let me know how it works out with the green colour corrector 🙂 x

  2. this was super helpful!!! I’m really into color correcting recently haha.
    thanks for sharing (:

    Life in Pastel

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