…that’s four c’s in my title. I’m so proud ! Haha!
Kidding aside, color correcting is one of the most important things to do while doing makeup. It’s a part of applying the base, and considered as “sub-foundations” already because they are applied under or over foundation to correct problem colors or areas of the skin. Our skin, while being perfect at the time of birth, are always exposed, and harassed by our environment, the stress that we bring onto ourselves, and sometimes, poor diet.
Here’s my new color correcting palette from Make Up For Ever, and I just love it for it is really really handy, and useful. I shall tell you why!
From left to right :
Lighter-than-skin color concealer
This is the most common type of concealer, that is versatile enough to be used in any skin problem. The standard in concealing is applying one shade lighter than your skin tone. This is also great for liquid or cream highlighting, under foundation, for the areas that you want highlighted to pop out the more ( e.g. bridge of the nose, cheekbone, upper lip, lower lip, forehead )
Darker-than-skin color concealer
Shades darker ( about 2, or 3 ) than your skintone can correct your features, ergo, contouring/shading. You can create shadows, and a sculpted look with this. Make your nose appear more defined, diminish the appearance of double chin, make the cheeks look more sculpted, and so on. This is also perfect for toning down color correctors that appear too bright, if they appear to stand out and be uncontrollable, despite foundation applied on top already.
Green is the color corrector for those who suffer red patches, swollen pimples, or just any case of redness. This will neutralize the redness, definitely. A total lifesaver, if you ask me!
Lavender is the color corrector for sallow skin tone brought about by lack of sleep. Lack of sleep really makes our skin look less revived, and this perks up the skin, giving it the look of instant, restored ( though temporary ) youth and a few added hours of sleep. This cancels out the yellow color we get from stress.
Orange or peach is perfect for undereye circles. It targets the blue veins, and is also excellent for veins and dark spots.
Not in the pan : Yellow – my best bet for brightening undereye circles, and even cancelling out redness, giving a brightening effect.
To apply, simply look at your ( or your model’s ) face and assess which areas need correcting. Are they areas ( meaning, big areas or patches ) or just spots ( like pimples ? ) For areas , whip up either your foundation brush and sponge, and dab in the area needed to be corrected, and dab, dab until you see the color neutralized. For spots, get a smaller concealer brush, and dab only in the spot needed – do not over apply. After that, either apply another layer of liquid/cream foundation, or pressed/two-way cake foundation to cover with skintone color again.
Try it! It surely makes a difference as against just applying foundation on your face.
Hope that helped!