Corrective Colors 101
Have you ever seen concealers or makeup primers that are colored orange, purple, or even green? If you've ever thought that these unusually colored items look like they belong in a child's art supply kit and not on your face, then you're not alone. Although corrective concealers can be intimidating they are extremely useful if used correctly!
The purpose of corrective concealers and primers is to neutralize the color of the skin and cancel out any discoloration like redness, dark circles, hyper pigmentation, or tattoos coverings.
Applying layers of foundation can create a cakey look. It's best to neutralize the effected area with a corrective color. Have you ever applied foundation and still have scars or redness that are still visible it's because a corrective concealer is needed. Find out which colors you should be using.
Here are the most common color correctors and when to use them:
ORANGE: Great for neutralizing hyper pigmentation from acne scars or dark circles around the eyes and lips in medium to deep tones MAC Corrective Palette in Medium Deep or Dark
GREEN: Used to correct redness. Sun burn, red blemishes, rosacea, or broken capillaries Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Adjust
PEACH/SALMON: Grey or blue shadows typically seen under the eyes EVE PEARLDual Salmon Concealer
PURPLE: Not common, but neutralizes yellow tones in the skin which can be caused by illness or yellow bruising MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer
BLUE: Corrects rich deep orange tones like ones from a bad day at the tanning bed. I like to remember by saying "you only go TANNING on a nice sunny BLUE sky day" MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microperfecting Primer
YELLOW: The safest color to correct with. Great for all skin tones. Neutralizes purplish under eye circles. BOBBI BROWN Creamy Concealer Kit
Corrective concealers are most effective when applied under foundations or a skin toned concealer. The goal is to correct discoloration first so that you can begin application with a neutral canvas.
Apply only to the effected areas.
Depending on the size of the area you can use your finger of a makeup sponge.
It's important to adjust your corrective color to the shade of your skin. For example, there are many different shades of orange concealers. Someone with a deeper skin tone should use a deep orange concealer.
Color correcting is not always necessary. Use accordingly when needed.
For a more in depth explanation, I recommend studying color theory which is great for any makeup artist.
Color Correctors Recommended For Makeup Artist!
As a makeup artist its convenient and efficient to invest in color corrective wheels as opposed to buying multiple products. Here are a few palettes and color wheels that I recommend:
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