Flawless Complexions With Less Foundation – Color Correcting

Once again, Michelle and I found ourselves at another Sephora Beauty Class (free for Beauty Insiders!) to learn more about the vast world of beauty. This time, the theme was color correcting.

Color Wheel

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Color correcting is a huge trend lighting up the beauty community right now… and for good reason! First off, putting a whole bunch of pretty pastel colors on your face in a cool pattern is so entertaining. Secondly, it works! Color correction makeup uses color theory to help neutralize any discoloration on your skinLet’s take a look at the color wheel and complementary colors. Complementary colors are shades that are directly across from each other on a color wheel. For instance, green and red are complementary, as are yellow and violet.

If you’re frustrated because you can still see the redness of a pimple or a hint of shadow under your eyes no matter how much concealer/foundation you put over it… you need to begin incorporating color theory into your makeup routine! The four most popular color correcting shades are green, yellow, purple and red-orange. And if you follow the color wheel above, you’ll find that their complementary colors are red, violet, yellow, and blue-green, respectively. When placed properly, these colors cancel each other out, helping you achieve a uniform base. For instance:

Color CorrectingGreen counteracts redness, so I like to use it around my nose and on any active pimples.

Yellow brightens purplish bruises or shadows, so I typically use it on areas I want highlighted, like the bridge of my nose and under the hollows of my cheeks.

Purple can also be used as a brightener, especially for people with more obvious yellow undertones. I don’t usually reach for this shade, but I know many people like to use it around their mouths to counteract any sallow shadows found there.

Red-orange cancels out blue-green hues you may typically find under your eyes. This is another shade I don’t personally use, but I know so many people who are ride-or-die for this shade of corrector. An option for those of you who don’t have intense shadows under your eyes is a peach corrector. This shade is also useful for canceling out dark spots.


Tips & Tricks

At the Beauty Class, we picked up some color correcting tips to get that flawless base we all strive for. Listed below are the most useful ones!

  • First, color correct. Then, apply foundation using a light hand. And if needed, use concealer after foundation on more stubborn areas. When you color correct, you’ll find that you need less foundation and concealer coverage!
  • Use color correctors sparingly!! I used a heavy hand to exaggerate the shades in the image above in order to show you all some common placements for different correctors. But you definitely don’t need that much to get good results!
  • The less you use, the better your results will be. You definitely don’t want thick layers of product on your face – you’ll be more prone to cakiness and your skin won’t be able to breathe. Also, we learned that the less face makeup you use (i.e. corrector, foundation, concealer), the more likely your makeup will stay put throughout the day.
  • Use a Beauty Blender to blend out your correctors, especially if they have an extremely creamy consistency. We love the Beauty Blender because it cuts the amount of product you have on your face and helps it fuse with your skin to provide the most natural finish possible.


Product Recommendations

We were able to try a lot of great products recommended by the Sephora beauty team (another perk of going to these beauty classes!). Here is Sephora’s page on color correcting products that you may want to browse through. Listed below are some products we tried and loved!

  • TARTE Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette ($45) – this is a great all-in-one palette that comes with six different shades (orange, warmth, green, peach 1, peach 2, yellow). It’s creamy without being too thick and very easily blends to cancel out any discolorations.
  • BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector ($30) – these come in four shades and are very creamy and highly pigmented. I used papaya (red-orange), pistachio (green), and violet (purple) in the image above.
  • URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($28) – if you’re a fan of the texture of the Naked Skin concealers, you’ll love these. They comes in five shades (green, yellow, peach, purple, pink) that blend effortlessly because of the thinner consistency.
  • SMASHBOX Color Correcting Stick ($23) – we love stick products because they are so convenient and travel-friendly! These color correcting sticks come in four creamy and highly pigmented shades (peach, orange, lavender, green). Smashbox suggests using them wet (less coverage) or dry (more coverage) in order to customize the coverage you prefer. It also comes with a sharpener!
  • SEPHORA Bright Future Color Correctors ($14) – this product also comes in five shades (green, yellow, pink, peach, melon). They are ultra lightweight and are considered a gel-serum. Because of this, these correctors give you the most natural finish! I used yellow in the image above.


Final Thoughts

While I do love color correcting just like I love any other makeup technique that actually works, it’s a bit of a process. I don’t (and I know many of you don’t!) have all the time in the world to get ready on weekdays. I’m also pretty adverse to wearing layers of product on my face everyday, so I highly recommend color correcting for special events or when you have more time than usual to get ready. You’ll definitely need practice blending the right shade into your target areas; trust me, the first time I ever tried to color correct, I looked like a complete mess. I needed color correctors for the areas I color corrected!

Anyways, practice will always get you far. So scoot on over to Sephora and find your perfect formula and shades to get you started. And have fun!

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