A Simple Guide To Color Correcting

If you’ve been on Instagram lately, chances are you’ve seen videos of makeup artists doing some pretty complicated looking color correction.

As you can see from the video below, knowing what to put where can be a little confusing, so here is our guide on what to use, no matter what the problem is!

A video posted by Makeup Artist – Vancouver, BC (@tianacosmetics) on

Why start with green?

Tiana starts by using her palette to apply a light green shade to her nose and forehead, these are the areas she struggles with redness the most.

So if you know you have slightly flushed areas you should use a green corrector like the Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector in Co(vert) Affairs around the nose and forehead (typically the reddest areas).If you suffer from all over redness, then Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer is perfect to use under foundation to prep the skin.

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How to use peach

Next, she counteracts dark circles with a peach toned corrector. Peachy shades are perfect for neutralizing the blueness of undereye bags. Look for a pale peach shade, whereas those with deeper skin tones should look for something more orange. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Corrector is the perfect texture for the under eyes.

Where to use yellow

Tiana uses a yellow corrector on her eyelids, as yellow is great for counteracting purple tones. This is perfect if you suffer from those annoying purple veins that are visible on your eyelids. Not what you want showing through your eye makeup! LA Girl’s Pro Conceal in Yellow does a great job at covering any visible veins that surround the eye area. Just top with concealer for flawless coverage!

What purple’s good for

Tiana uses the purple shade to brighten the forehead area, but it can be used on any areas of the skin that are looking a little dull. Purple tones brighten yellow tones in the skin, helping to achieve a more radiant complexion. Following on from their amazing Naked Concealer, Urban Decay has released their Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluids. Lavender will really brighten your skin.

How to use them all

If you want to go all out like shown in the video, then invest in a palette that can do it all! The one Tiana has used is NYX’s 3c Conceal Correct Contour Palette, featuring the 6 creamy shades seen above. Stila’s Correct and Perfect All-in-One Correcting Palette contains seven shades in a mixture of cream and powder formulas, that can be used together or separately to neutralize imperfections.

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  • Lauren Espino

    Awesome post! I’ve always wanted to try color correcting!


  • Camille Beygui

    I’ve really been wanting to try color correcting but I really feel like it’s too much work and I would never do it so the products I bought would end up on the shelf, unused

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