Beauty Tips

On Trend: Color Correcting

I feel the need to keep it 100 with you about today’s topic.  What seems to be the biggest trend right now is color correcting.  I’ve seen plenty of companies release color correctors as part of their spring skin collections over the past month or so.  I have also seen a lot of online influencers use, and abuse, this trend. Some of you may ask what purpose does color correcting have and is it necessary? Let’s explore.

The break down

The science behind color correcting lies in the color wheel. This simple concept is used in many ways such as selecting the proper hair color, interior design, and of course makeup. The overall goal in color correcting is to neutralize unwanted colors.  How does this work?  Let’s dig a bit deeper.
As we have all learned in our elementary education, the main colors that we focus on without getting too fancy are primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colors (green, orange, purple).  Taking a look at the color wheel you’ll find that the primary colors are directly across from the secondary colors. In this regard they compliment/neutralize each other.
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Now time to apply this concept to makeup and skin. We all know that there’s no such thing as perfect skin tonality. There’s acne, scarring, hyper pigmentation, and overall discoloration.  The key here is to identify the unwanted color and use it’s complementary color to neutralize it. Here are some examples to help drive the point home.
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Problem:Skin conditions such as acne and rosacea give off a red tone to the skin.
Solution: Using a green color corrector will cancel out any red undertones.
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Problem: Dark circles under the eye typically have a blue/grey undertone.
Solution: Cancel out these undertones with an orange or peach color corrector.
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Problem: Dull skin can have an overall yellow tone.
Solution: Using a lavender color corrector or primer will help bring more life to the skin.
There are a few other variations of color correctors that can be found, but these are the most common.

Color Correcting Don’ts:

  1. When applying color correctors you want to have a light hand when applying.  You don’t want to slab a bunch of the neutralizing color to the problem area and have to layer tons of product over top to cover it.  Typically a sheer wash of color will suffice.
  2. You do not need to color correct your whole face (unless you have to, and most of us don’t).  We all have different tones all over the face but target the biggest problem area and foundation should take care of the rest.
  3. Make sure that the intensity your color corrector goes along with your skin tone. Lighter complexions should not be using bright orange correctors and deeper skin tones typically will not need a bright yellow or lavender corrector.
My personal thoughts on color correctors vary.  My use of color correctors is very minimal.  I tend to go with a concealer shade that will do 2 things, highlight and color correct.  I normally pull for a lighter shade of concealer that has warmer undertone to cover the darkness under my eyes.
The amount of color correcting products out this season are a bit excessive, but I think color correcting is useful if you have to do it. I always advocate for skin care to resolve a lot of skin issues but color correctors are a temporary fix.  I honestly think that this step in your makeup routine can be skipped.

What are your thoughts on color correctors? Drop me a comment.


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  1. Mona

    I’m OK with color correction a little bit on myself but when I have done photo shoots I’m seeing I have to do it more often.

    • Melanie

      Hi Mona!

      Color correcting is absolutely needed in most photoshoot situations. We all need a little color correction, but not so much to be using on an everyday bases. The amount of color correcting products out right now are a overkill…lol!

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