How To Use Colour Correctors Like A Pro

How To Use Colour Correctors Like A Pro:

Dealing with pesky, unsightly blemishes on your skin, like discoloration, under-eye circles, or redness? The good news is you can achieve complexion perfection by using this one simple makeup trick: colour correction. Ahead, I will break down the different colours and how each can help camouflage your skin concerns!

When it comes to makeup techniques that can help perfect the appearance of our complexions, colour correcting ranks second to none. If you haven’t already hopped onboard the colour correction train, there’s no better time than now!


For those of you who are unfamiliar, colour correction is a makeup technique that gives a nod to the colour wheel. Those same colours that complement one another when paired also help to neutralize one another when mixed. Meaning those areas of redness, sallowness, or darkness on your complexion can be concealed easily with a few swipes and dots to help create a more even-looking skin tone.

The best part about this popular makeup technique—aside from covering up unwanted blemishes and skin imperfections, of course—is that it’s so easy to incorporate these tricks of the trade into any beauty routine! I will spill the deets on what colours cancel each other out, plus how to use colour correction in your daily makeup application to get flawless-looking skin, in our colour correcting concealer guide ahead.

Colour correction cheat sheet


Neutralize the look of yellow undertones and sallowness on light to medium skin tones with a purple or lavender-coloured concealer. On the colour wheel, purple and yellow are opposites, meaning that both colours can neutralize the appearance of each other. When blended underneath a skin-coloured concealer, these pastel shades can help to create a more radiant-looking complexion. To incorporate a lavender concealer into your daily makeup application, apply the concealer to sallow areas that could use a little correction—such as the outer areas of your face.


Mask the appearance of pesky dark circles and dark spots on darker skin tones with a peach-coloured concealer or orange-hued colour correcting concealer. To do so, simply apply your favourite peach-coloured concealer to the delicate skin under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and blend outward with a beauty blending sponge. Follow up with a concealer that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone in that same upside-down triangle and voilá!


Covering up breakouts can prove to be quite the challenge—luckily, with a green-coloured colour correcting concealer, it is not an impossible task. Camouflage red-hued breakouts, blemishes, broken blood vessels, and all over redness with a green concealer! On the colour wheel, green and red are opposites so, they cancel each other out. Applying a green concealer to a pesky pimple or red-coloured blemish can make makeup application a piece of cake. If you experience all over redness, try mixing a little bit of your favourite green concealer into your daily face makeup and apply. If you wish to cover up a blemish or two, simply apply the elixir to the affected area and blend with a beauty blending sponge. Follow up with your favourite foundation.


Does your fair to light complexion appear dull? Brighten things up with a light pink colour correcting concealer or makeup primer. Pink can create the illusion of brighter-looking skin, specifically under the eyes. So the next time your skin needs a little extra radiance, apply a pink colour correcting concealer to the delicate skin around your eyes, your forehead, your chin, and anywhere else that may look dull or show signs of fatigue. If you experience all over dull skin, you can either mix a small amount of pink concealer to your daily face makeup and apply or pick up a pink colour correcting primer, such as Maybelline’s Face studio Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate.


Whether you have a lacklustre complexion or are looking to cancel out dark, purple-coloured blemishes and imperfections, reach for a yellow colour correcting concealer or powder. As lavender’s opposite, yellow-hued colour correctors can cancel out the look of purple-coloured imperfections—hello, bruises—reduce the appearance of purple-coloured dark circles, and brighten the look of lacklustre skin. Use it under your eyes, on your eyelids on your forehead, and on your chin for an illuminated, more even-looking skin tone.


Blue colour correcting concealers and primers are like the physical version of that “cool it down” filter on your favourite photo editing app. These cool-toned colour correctors cancel out sallowness (or skin that appears to be yellowing) and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation on fair skin tones. You can use a light blue-coloured concealer to target certain areas or apply a blue colour correcting primer for all overcorrection.


Good news: If you have a warmer skin tone that experiences ashiness or brown-coloured blemishes, you can cancel it all out with a caramel-coloured concealer! What’s more? Light to medium skin tones can use a caramel-hued concealer (or bronzer) to give their complexion a little contour by sculpting and shaping their jawline, nose, chin, and more.


Now that you’re aware of the colours that cater to various skin concerns, let’s brief on how best to apply these concealers to your skin.

Step #1: Apply a colour corrector after primer and right before makeup and concealer application. This helps create a nice canvas for products to follow.

Step #2: Next, apply your colour corrector of choice, either dabbing the formula on key areas with a damp beauty blender, applicator wand, or by simply using your fingers to blend with a concealer brush.

Step #3: Go ahead and blend the product well.

Step #4: Follow up with a coat of BB cream or foundation, and top it off with your favourite concealer that matches your skin colour. Set it in place with powder, and you’re all set!


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