Colour correcting the skin can be quite mind boggling for anyone that doesn’t understand the concept of colour theory! So I’m hoping this post will provide you with a better understanding of why we have greens, pinks & peach concealers which are great for counteracting pigmentation, blemishes etc…
Just a note though before I move on, colour correcting can be done after you have cleansed, toned and moisturized the skin, after this you can go ahead and prime and conceal.
First though I want to explain what colour theory is. Below is a picture of a colour wheel which might be familiar from your first Art lesson at school. Do you remember your art teacher explaining the colour wheel to you? primary, secondary and tertiary colours? how to blend primary colours to create secondary and tertiary colours? this trick works exactly the same for makeup.
Makeup artists use this wheel on regular basis they may not physically have this image planted on there desks etc.. but believe me this wheel is implanted in our heads, we refer back to this everytime we stand in front of a client to determine her skin type and what foundation we pick, types of concealers and certain eyeshadows that will complement her eyes!
How to work the colour wheel: For me, I have naturally dark under eyes that are a deep blueish colour so to correct this, I take a look at a colour wheel and I can then see that the opposite colour to blue is orange. I then apply the orange pigment as this will neutralise the deep blue colour of my under eyes.
For anyone that might suffer with ‘Rosacea’ which tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, if you look at the wheel and go to the red, the opposite of red is green hence why the green is a colour that you will find in a corrector palette. By simply dabbing the green colour to cover the area will neutralise the red. I hope this is making sense!!
I want to simplify this as much as I can and break it down so that you can understand as much as possible. So what I want you to do when you are ready to apply your concealer is, have a look in the mirror and take note of what you want to conceal and the colour of the problamatic area!
For example is it the undereye area? is it blue or purple? or around the nose which maybe reddish or redness on the cheeks which can be sometimes refered to as ‘Rosacea’ as described above. These are all common skin areas that clients want to cover. Don’t be afraid to use these concealers to cover these areas. The colours are there to counteract/cancel out against the redness or blueish tones on the skin. Using darker foundations to apply on these areas will not cover but only enhance the area. Embrace your colour corrector and play around with the shades and I promise you, your skin will appear flawless once you apply the concept of the colour theory. Refer to the colour wheel if you are not 100% sure on what concealer to use. Colour wheels are accessible on google pics or pinterest!
This is a great colour guide that I found on Musingsofamakeupjunkie. It explains the theory of each colour that you might find in a concealer palette.
We have so many brands available to us that cater for correcting and concealing. We have primers that are also there to not only prime but to even out skin tone or to correct the redness.
Below is what I carry in my kit for use on clients.
This Concealer palette from Catrice is great. You have your green and peach/orange tones to help counteract against red and blue. Retails at €5.00.
These are the Prime & Fine by Catrice that also work as a colour corrector. The pink one is used to even out skin tone, the green one is used to cancel out redness. The only thing that I would recommend is to use the green one sparingly, do not rub all over the skin, just dab on where needed as sometimes I feel its to much and can show through your foundation.
Catrice can be purchased from most pharmacies or Penneys.
OK! Brace yourselves for this mugshot of Moi! I’m baring it all just for you guys so that you can understand exactly where to apply your correcting concealers so excuse the head on me. No filters here ladies/gents lol!!
The Left picture gives you a clear indication of what I need to correct, my nose area, cheeks, to lip, forehead, are all slightly red. My undereye and inner eye area are dark with a blueish hue.
The Right picture is what I used to correct these areas. The green counteracting against the red, the peachy/orange tone will cancel out the dark tones under my eyes and the pink tone will give me a slight highlight down the bridge of my nose!
The Left picture is the correcting concealers blended in. I used a beauty blender which I find works best for me. I have no foundation on and already you can see a difference.
The Right picture is the completed look with my usual face routine apart from eyeshadow as I wanted the focus to be on the skin.
So ladies and gents you can see how correcting can give you that appearance of flawless skin. I hope this post has been somewhat helpful to you and gives you a bit more confidence to try out this concealing technique.
The reason I didn’t list so much brands is because I have only ever used the Catrice products and I didn’t want this post to be focused solely on selling a product, but more to give you a better understanding of how to apply the products. So no matter what brand you are using the technique is always the same.
I really do hope this helps any questions you can message us on facebook at Lisas’Livin’Pretty or snap us @makeupbylisa or @lisabeth-86 we will always reply. We would love to hear any feedback from this post so let us know how you get on.
Thanks for reading guys.
Until next time
Lisa D xx