Color Correction Cheat Sheet For Beginners - Estheticnet

Color Correction Cheat Sheet For Beginners

You only need one concealer in your makeup arsenal, right? Wrong! For a flawless complexion, here are the color correction shades to add to cart.

For troubled skin, your skin tone concealer might not be enough. The color wheel gives us best-in-class color correction with complementary color schemes.

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The Only Color Correcting Concealer Guide You Need

1. Bisque Color Correction

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What Is Bisque Color Corrector?

Bisque is the typical color of concealer you typically purchase from your favorite brand. The yellow-orange hue will neutralize blue tones on the opposite side of the color wheel. Dark circles and tired eyes are gone with a single swipe!

How Do You Use It?

For a natural look, dot along the corners of your dark circles beneath the eyes to create a triangle. I love to use my fingertips to blend small amounts of the product since the warmth helps the product absorb into the skin!

For a full coverage makeup look, swipe from the inner corner of your eye and outward. Blend from the inner corners dragging the product outward to the corners of your nose and the tops of your cheeks. Don’t confine the product to the triangle beneath your eyes since you want this to blend with the rest of your skin tone.

2. Yellow Color Correction

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What Is Yellow Color Corrector?

Yellow correctors will neutralize hyperpigmentation and discoloration with blue and purple undertones. This includes your pesky dark circles, or visible veins on the lids of beauties with thin and fair skin tones. Note that this is for women with fair skin, beauties with medium to dark skin tones should reach for an orange one with a deeper undertone.

If you have fair skin, grab an eyeshadow primer with a yellow tint! It’s sure to offset the color of your veins, giving you a clear and true tone canvas. 

How Do You Use It?

Apply the corrector in the middle of your lid and blend with the warmth of your fingertips. Dot on beneath the inner and outer corner of your eyes, then at the lowest point of your dark circles, forming a triangle. Blend from the lash line, moving down towards the top of the apples of your cheeks.

3. Peach Color Correction

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What Is Peach Color Corrector?

Reach for your peach concealer to mask very dark circles with purple and blue tones. The yellow-orange hues sit opposite the blue and purple hues on the color wheel, making them your best bets for color correction. Beauties with medium to deep skin tones should use this alongside a full coverage foundation.

How Do You Use It?

Imagine a sideways right angle triangle with the longest side following down the side of your nose, ending at the midsection of your nose. Swipe on your corrector from the longest side of the triangle towards your ear. Once you’ve created your triangle, dab outward and downward to blend and match the rest of your skin tone.

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4. Orange Color Correction

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What Is Orange Color Corrector?

Orange correctors are solely for the use of for a medium to dark-skinned tone beauties. It will neutralize your blue and purple dark circles to reveal a refined and refreshed complexion!

How Do You Use It?

Apply a thin layer over your dark circles, then blend outward towards your ears down to the top of our cheekbones. 

The orange color corrector for dark circles should blend seamlessly with your powder or cream foundation. If the color is too deep and darkens your tone, explore a lighter hue such as yellow or a lighter shade like peach or bisque.

5. Purple Color Correction

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What Is Purple Color Corrector?

No, dull is not an undertone. Bring your complexion back to life with a purple color correction face primer. This will also work hard to mask acne scars and yellow-tinted discoloration.

The lilac pigment will brighten your complexion, so you can use this if you want to achieve glowing skin. This color corrector isn’t just for concealing troubled skin.

How Do You Use It?

Since this is primarily used for complexion enhancement, apply evenly all over your face and blend outwards with a damp sponge.

6. Green Color Correction

What Is Green Color Corrector?

Green correctors or concealers mask the redness from acne marks, blemishes, or breakouts. Keep this handy if you have sensitive skin and are prone to redness from skin allergies, or if you have acne-prone skin.

For beauties that deal with redness all over the face whether, from skin sensitivities or acne, I recommend a green color correction face primer. If you’re dealing with a few red marks, a green concealer or spot corrector will do. 

How Do You Use It?

Dot on the corrector where redness normally shows – the corners of the nose, apples of the cheeks, chin, and other trouble areas. Using your beauty sponge or fingertips, blend them in with light tapping motions pressing the product into your skin. Don’t worry if it leaves you with a pale green tint afterward, it will seamlessly blend with powder or liquid foundation.

Be gentle with your skin when blending, being harsh on your skin might leave your skin irritated and the redness worse off! On your worst breakout days, apply a soothing balm or moisturizer before applying the color correcting primer. Beauty gurus know never to leave out the sunscreen!

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The best color correcting concealer will mask all traces of troubled skin without leaving a mark itself. A little goes a long way to bring you your best, brightest skin. Your top-dollar skincare never saw it coming.

Now that you know how to use color correcting concealers, you’ll master red carpet makeup looks in no time. Trust in the color wheel to come up with the best color palettes and to reveal your best complexion yet!

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