Color what …? This is the question I asked myself the first time I heard about the Color Correcting Method. Green or violet products on the eyelids ok, on my lips as well, but on the skin under the foundation? That seemed pretty suspicious to me at first. But then I got married and discovered a new technique that can be really helpful for one or the other. This make-up technique should be discussed in this manual today. The so-called “Color Correcting” is in the trend and not a few are talking about the “new Contouring”. So time to take a closer look. The highlight here are colored concealers, which visually neutralize dark shadows, redness and pigmentation. Among professional make-up artists is this method for laminating beauty blemishes on the skin known for a long time, for the “Otto-normal make-up artist” she has hardly played a role so far. What is behind it and how you can use this make-up technique for you, you will learn in this tutorial.
What is Color Correcting?
The theory of color correcting is based on the doctrine of complementary colors that neutralize each other. I got a smashbox color disk some time ago, which illustrates this quite well:
The disc shows exactly which opposing colors neutralize each other. The whole thing can be traced on the model of the color wheel of the complementary colors. Green therefore neutralizes red and is suitable for covering redness of the skin or small pimples. With peach tones you can cover very dark areas, like Eye bags. Violet neutralises a yellowish tinge in the skin and makes it look fresher.
Color Correcting – The application
Basically, the Color Correcting products are always applied under the Foundation, unless you use powdered products. But I prefer liquid / creamy consistencies. I always fondle the product with my fingers, because it can be worked in better by the heat of my hands and adapts to the skin. But that’s a personal preference, of course you can also use a brush. In the following I describe to you the pictures, where you order the individual colors best.
Green neutralizes red, meaning that you can use the green concealer wherever you have skin redness or small pimples. Just apply a little paint on the spot and blend. It does not matter if you see a light greenhorn on the spot, it will neutralize again as soon as you submit it to the Foundation. Nevertheless, as always, first less, then maybe more! You should rather approach slowly, otherwise you will quickly catch too much color.
Peach tones are especially helpful in masking dark circles. They are generally suitable for lightening darker areas and giving them a fresh look. The lighter or darker your skin tone is, the brighter or darker the product should be in this color.
Violet or lavender neutralises a yellowish tinge of the skin or covers e.g. However, I personally hardly use this color and find the other two tones much more helpful.
As usual there are many different products for color correcting and it is not that easy to find the right one. Whether in embroidery form, as a primer or concealer, you have a lot of possibilities and ultimately have to try out what suits you. Personally, I would rather advise against too cheap products from the drugstore, especially from the frequently offered, cheap concealer pallets, as they usually do not distribute well and be incorporated. The result was simply unsatisfactory to me when testing a few such pallets, and I underestimated the effect of color correcting for a long time. Here it is worthwhile to invest a little more, because Color Correcting requires practice and can quickly go down the drain! A good product will make your job easier and if you want to study this technique intensively, you should treat yourself to this!
Colored concealers, which I can recommend, are available e.g. from NYX, if you do not want to dig that deep. Personally, I’m a big fan of the HD Concealer wall – products that you like. at Douglas and from August hopefully also in DM (the DM drugstores get namely a NYX counter! Juhuu!). At the end of the post, I link the HD Concealer to the Douglas online shop.
In addition, I currently often use the Color Correcting Sticks * from smashbox, which I can absolutely recommend.
Otherwise, there are numerous other color correcting products on the market, be it as powder or in liquid form. A small selection I link to you at the end of this post.
Finally, I would be interested: Do you also use Color Correcting products, if so which? Can you recommend me others or would you advise against some? Write me your experiences like times in the comments!