Let’s face it: We all have bad skin days.
Every now and again, everyone wakes up with skin that’s less-than-perfect - think dark circles, redness, and dullness. While minor skin imperfections are totally normal, it’s understandable to want to cover these up as best as possible.
Cue: Colour correcting makeup.
Done right, colour correction makeup can disguise any skin imperfections, giving you a smooth, flawless base for any makeup look. Like the sound of that? Here’s how it works.
To get started, you’ll need a colouring correcting palette. Call us biased but we love our Colour Corrector, which is certified vegan and cruelty-free. What’s not to love? Before you freak out about the four shades - particularly the green one - here’s a quick rundown of what they all do:
Green neutralises redness
Salmon covers up dark under-eye circles
Yellow brightens dullness and highlights selected features
Peach hides blue undertones and dark spots
Our Colour Corrector is designed to suit all skin types and tones, from dark to light and everything in between.
Now that you know what each of the colours do, here’s how to use them.
Start small with a green colour corrector
Even though colour correcting concealer is technically, well, concealer, you want to apply it before, not after, your foundation. Using a blending or concealer brush (a must-have of any brush set), apply a generous amount of green concealer to redness-prone areas.
For most people this means the sides of the nose (particularly the little crease around the nostrils) and the outer corners and area under the mouth. For others this might just be a matter of spot correction - in which case, lucky you!
Think pink (...then reach for the salmon concealer)
While we’ll admit to using foundation as an under eye concealer in a pinch (we won’t tell if you don’t!), colour correcting concealer is a much better option. If you’ve been slacking on your beauty sleep, a pink or salmon concealer may be your new best friend - it's warm, subtle shade makes it the best under eye corrector for dark circles.
Apply a small amount using a concealer brush and short strokes. The key here is to angle your strokes downward and away from the inner corner of your eye - long sweeps that follow the curve of your eye will only result in caking and creasing.
Brighten up with a yellow correcting concealer
Now that you’ve built a good base, it’s time to turn up the brightness. Still using your concealer brush, apply short strokes of yellow to areas you want to brighten and highlight.
Ultimately this depends on the look you’re going for, but we love to highlight the under eyes, bridge of the nose, chin, and t-zone for an everyday glow. If you’re after more of a glam look, you might want to consider using yellow concealer to define your brow shape or as a base for contouring.
End on a sweet note with a peach colour corrector
Bring it all together with a splash of peach concealer to cover up any blue undertones or dark spots caused by blemishes or pigmentation. While the multi-coloured look is fun for a while, it’s time to blend it all out. Use short dabs and a Be Blended Beauty Sponge to blend the different colours into your skin, and watch it all come together as a perfectly colour-corrected base. Not bad for just a few minutes of work!
Just like that, you’ve mastered the art of colour correction makeup
Now that you know how to use green concealer and apply colour correction makeup like a pro, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. Use them to level up the base for your everyday look, or experiment with a new statement style.