All you need to know about Colour Correction when it comes to make up
These days it’s all about corrective make up. You all think about the infamous contouring. Contouring is a corrective technique that allow to change or correct your features’ shape. It is basically a skilful effect of shadows and highlighting all played with darker and lighter colours. Maybe a fewer people know about another corrective technique which is equally fundamental. I’m talking about colour correction. This technique is meant to correct skintones’ colour such as redness or sallowness and even out the entire complexion.
There is plenty of products which are supposed to do a colour correction: primers, powders, concealers. Here it is my favourite products when it comes to colour correction.
- green corrects redness
- yellow corrects dullness
- purple corrects sallowness
- pink corrects fatigue
As you can see above, I do not own any green corrective product. I haven’t many redness in my face and I always prefer to enhance pink tones in my complexion.
Currently, I use three corrective primers, two pink and one purple.
- Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer Balance* has a silky and velvety finish. It has a lavender-toned to brighten sallow skin and even out skintone. I don’t have a sallow complexion but I can notice how my yellow tones (I have a peach undertone, so a mix of yellow and pink tones) are reduced and less noticeable.
- Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 7 Pink. When I bought this primer I was a bit disappointed because to me it appears more as a lilac pink than a light, refreshening pink. It it supposed to revitalize and brighten pale skin. It has a subtle effect but I can notice that my skintone is brighter and evened out. This spring Make Up For Ever replaced all its primer range. Now you can buy the new primer as Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink.
- This is a completely new concept of primer direct from Korea. It’s Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion in Pink. Yes, it’s one of those mysterious cushions. No, it’s not the same old bb cream. To be more precise this is a cushion primer. Cushion because of its packaging: the product (liquid) comes through a ‘cushion’ compact and you have to apply it with its specific puff. Of course I’ll talk more about this kind of product so stay tuned. This one in Pink is bound to pale skin tone users to make vivid and lovely skintone. This is the most effective product on my skin among these pink/lilac correctors. My skin is way brighter and more lively.
Next to primers, we have powders. Colour correction using powders became a well-known technique thanks to that Kardashian‘s style where the Ben Nye Banana Powder is the key product. Of course this is not the only ‘magic’ colour corrective powder out there. But way more antique and known from a long time there were T.Leclerc Loose Powders, an entire range of powders meant to correct various skintones’ issues. The most corrective – and amazingly effective – ones I own are
- Banane: is a very soft, pale yellow. It is described as a unique light-reflecting shade, it literally illuminates the face. And can’t help to quote these words: it conceals all shadows onto my face bringing out the most bright and luminous complexion.
- Orchidée: bright pink veil. Eliminating signs of fatigue, this shade works wonders in the evening. It illuminates the face, restoring natural radiance to olive complexions. I don’t have an olive complexion so I have to use an extremely light hand with this powder. On my fair skin with peach undertones it is a bit obvious under the daylight, but in the evening my skin is so much more fresh, lively and well rested!
Last but not least, concealers are maybe the most known colour corrective products out there. They are meant to correct dark undereye circles and shadowy areas.
- Bobbi Brown Corrector is a peach or pink based concealer designed to neutralize dark undereye circles. It is supposed to be layered under a skintone colour concealer. I have the pink based one in Light Bisque. I’d better had bought Porcelain Peach since I prefer a peachy concealer for my dark circles but I have to admit that this corrector works well to enlight and brighten my underye area.
- MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Highlighter in Light Boost. I am in love with this product. I already owned Radiant Rose and I love both colours in the same way. This one is a yellow highlighter/concealer corrector which counteract every shadowy area in my face. I love to use it on my undereye area, cheekbones and side of the nose.
- MAC Cosmetics Studio Conceal and Correct Duo in Pale Yellow/Pale Pink. This is the product I’ve always dreamt about. It contains the perfect colours to brighten and perk up my entire complexion. I love using it to highlight my undereye area, centre of eyebrows, chin, cheekbones, side of the nose, cupid’s bow and so on.