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A Beginner's Guide to Colour Correcting

A Beginner's Guide to Colour Correcting

Many of you may be wondering, what exactly is colour correcting, and is it really worth the complication of mixing and blending green and purple-toned concealers into your skin? Here at, we’re a sucker for experimenting with our makeup, and we will do anything it takes to achieve a flawless looking face, so if that means slapping on some weird coloured products, we’re willing to give it a go! The good news is, you don’t need to be an expert to master the art and technique of colour correcting, once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll soon be a pro!  

Here’s everything you need to know about colour-correcting your way to an enviable, airbrushed appearance, starting with these three simple steps:

Step one:

The first thing you need to establish before impulsively painting your face green, is where your problem areas are when it comes to your skin. Is it your under eyes, nose, chin? Once you know where to focus on, you can then work out exactly what your skin needs.

Step two:

Finding out your undertones, and the main issues that you want to try and tackle makes the following steps a great deal easier. So, do you suffer from redness, or have any veins you’d like to correct and conceal?

Step three:

When it is clear which areas you’d like to colour correct, and you have figured out exactly what needs correcting, the last thing to do is find the product suited to you and your individual needs.

Orange - neutralises dark spots and is perfect for medium/deep skin tones

Yellow - neutralises blue and purple undertones

Green - counteracts any redness

Lavender - ideal for neutralising yellow undertones and eliminating sallowness

Peach – a lighter shade of the original orange corrector, suited for medium-fair skin tones

Pale pink – targets blue areas on fairer skin tones

Light Yellow – instantly provides brighter under eyes, correcting dullness and blue undertones

Before applying any colour correcting products, you should go ahead and apply your base products first. Apply your favourite moisturiser and allow this to fully absorb into the skin, before following with your choice of primer, and then lastly; foundation. Applying your foundation first, means you will have less areas to correct and conceal, so as a result less product is wasted.

Fair skin:

All of you fair-skinned ladies will need to ensure you’re using the lighter shades of the colour correcting palette to achieve an even match. Shades such as light yellow, and a pale pink or peach will work best, as well as a lavender tone and pale green.

  • Use a pale pink under the eyes to target blue-toned spots as well as around the mouth, eliminating any dark shadowing.
  • Use a pale green shade to counteract any red areas around the nose, or chin areas. This works great on red blemishes as well.
  • Lastly, use a pale lilac colour on the cheeks to eliminate any sallowness and to neutralise yellow undertones.

Medium skin:

If you have a medium skin tone, you tend to sit in the middle of the colour-correcting spectrum, so you may be able to get away with a mix of some of the lighter and deeper toned products.

  • Focusing on the eye area, apply a peach-coloured corrector directly underneath the eyes using your fingers to gently pat the product in. This will help disguise any dark, under eye bags.
  • Use a purple or lilac to help cancel out yellow tones around the jawline and forehead.
  • Apply a green corrector on the chin, around the nose and on any other red areas on the face.
  • Brighten and conceal any dull or dark areas using a light

Dark skin:

Dark-skinned beauties should opt for the deeper, richer tones when applying their colour correcting products but some of the lighter shades can also work well.

  • Apply a lavender or purple around the nose to cancel out any yellow undertones
  • Use a deep peach or orange to eradicate dark shadows under the eye area
  • Gently dab a light green corrector around the sides of your mouth, above the eyebrows and on the nose to counteract any redness.

After you have completed colour correcting your face and have focused on certain, targeted areas you can then go ahead and apply your normal concealer on top of these products softly blending them in with a big, fluffy brush for a smooth, even finish.

This will not only allow the correctors to blend in properly, it will also seal them into place and provide a long-lasting finish, whilst adding coverage. As a final step, for an ultra-healthy glow we suggest applying a liquid highlighter to areas you wish to illuminate such as the tip of the nose, the Cupid’s bow and your cheekbones.

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