Color Correcting Basics

As someone who has hyperpigmentation, color correcting is a great way to even out my skin tone! Color correcting is a popular trend because it's an extra step towards flawless looking skin! Don't get intimidated by color correcting. It's actually not that hard. Once you understand your skin tone and what each color does, you are good to go. 

1. Understanding the colors

You might be a little overwhelmed when you first buy a color correcting palette because of all the colors in it. Before you start color correcting, let's go back to the basics. So each color has its own job. Look at the color wheel below. Now, let's use red as an example. The color directly opposite from red is green. What does that mean? That means green is going to cancel out red. How does this work on your skin? If you have redness on your nose, you can put a green color correct concealer on it and it will diminish the redness. Pretty simple right? If you have blue dark under eye circles, you can use orange or peach to brighten up that area. If you have yellowness, you use purple. So on and so forth. 

Source: http://www.bhg.com

Source: http://www.bhg.com

2. Figure out your shades

Just like foundation, color correctors come in different shades. If you have fair or darker skin tone, you should use a pick color corrector to lift up dark areas. If you have a medium or olive skin tone, you should use peach to lift up dark areas. It is important to find the right shade for your skin tone and the problem areas you want to fix so you can color correct properly.

3. Placement

This is the most important part of color correcting. Where do you put all these colors on your face? Well, I think it's important to use the color you need. If you get a color correcting palette, it's going to come with a lot of colors. However, you might not need all those color and don't feel like you need to use all the colors. With that being said, figure out your problem areas first. I like to focus on dark areas. Sometimes I'll put green on my nose because I have some redness there. But for the most part, I only use orange for dark areas. Check out the cheat sheet below for some ideas!

Source: www.elfcosmetics.com

Source: www.elfcosmetics.com

Note To Self: Stop buying so many color correcting palettes.