Redness, dark circles, pimples, discolouration. Complexion concerns you would rather minimise than show off, right? If you still notice these pesky imperfections peeking through your foundation and concealer, it might be time to use the technique of colour-correction.
Much like you did back in art class at school, colour-correcting your skin is based around colour theory, where different shades are used to create a more uniform and perfected complexion. Colour correctors come in many shades and are blended into problem areas to help neutralise and reduce the appearance of undertones that can make the face look blotchy and tired. Traditionally, colour correctors come in cream or liquid form and are blended into clean skin before your foundation and concealer. Before you try the technique on yourself, here’s our cheat sheet to help you colour-correct like a pro.
Purple lifts sallow tones and counteracts dullness, making it the perfect shade to use on tired complexions. This ability to subtly brighten and illuminate the skin is why many primers contain lilac pigments; by illuminating the skin before make-up, you rely less on the coverage of a foundation to make your complexion appear more youthful. When using a purple corrector, apply it to the most sallow areas of the face, such as underneath the eyes and on the cheeks, to awaken the skin and hide any signs of tiredness.
If you remember your colour theory lessons, green is opposite red on the colour wheel. Transfer this to your make-up bag and this means that green neutralises redness in the skin, making it the perfect colour corrector for those prone to breakouts and inflamed skin. Ideal for fair and light skin tones, green visibly calms your complexion and, when paired with a good concealer, helps to keep it looking balanced all day and night. Just don’t overdo it as you could end up looking a little ill.
If you have medium skin or a warm-toned complexion, yellow is the shade to neutralise redness in your skin. Perfect for rosy cheeks and angry blemishes, yellow counteracts inflammation to make your skin appear even and calm. It can also be used to brighten darkness under the eyes, as long as your dark circles aren’t too blue or purple in tone. For extra protection against redness throughout the day, pair your yellow colour-corrector with a yellow-toned setting powder.
Dark circles and discolouration are some of the trickiest imperfections to hide effectively, but an orange colour-corrector can work wonders. Different shades of orange balance blue and purple tones in the skin, making them less noticeable and easier to disguise with foundation. For light and fair skin tones, opt for pale peach instead of a warm orange and blend it into problem areas for instant lift. For dark and deep skin tones, a rich orange or red will cancel out pigmentation in the skin, so blend it into problem areas such as under the eyes and around the mouth for best results.