How To Use a Makeup Color Corrector

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I am a self-proclaimed beauty enthusiast. What does that mean? I love all things about getting pretty. Except the washing my face part, LOL. Although I love to play in makeup, my routine is pretty simple. I’ve been blessed with a pretty even skintone. In the AM I just apply foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara (maybe). I’ve never had to use a concealer.

After chatting with blogger, Nadege from Atomic Beauty, I realized I am the exception to the rule, and many of you swear by makeup color correctors and concealers. So here are some tips on how to properly apply them.

CORRECTORS VS CONCEALERS, what’s the difference you ask?

Correctors are different from concealers, because instead of “concealing” the problem area like what a concealer does, they neutralize the area. Sometimes it is better to correct than to conceal. You want to be able to neutralize a color before adding another color on top of it. For example, if you have dark under eye circles (black/blue), concealing a color on top of another will make you look cakey and enhance the flaw.

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THE COLOR BASICS

1. The color green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the color before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with these correctors.

2. Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discoloration. They will need neutralizing colors such as oranges and bisques to counteract the darkness.

3. If you have sallow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin. 

THE TRICKY PART

1. Darker skin tones do not only need oranges, bisques and lavenders. If you have dark skin, you need dark peach/orange colors and dark bisque colors for the corrector to neutralize. This is important, because I made the mistake of buying a yellow corrector I thought would do the trick to neutralize my dark circles. The light color is not pigmented enough to make a difference when you conceal.

2. Lighter skin tones will need lighter colors. Think yellows, light peaches, lavenders, light greens and so on. Darker correctors are too heavy and will have too much pigment for your skin tone. 

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3 RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS TO USE

This is a simple way to remember it — light skin tones should stick to light correctors and dark skin tones should stick to darker correctors. So what brands/products are good for correcting both lighter and darker skin tones? There are a few that work great, but my top favorites are:

1. Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette
2. Bobbi Brown correctors (they are amazing and have a wide array of shades)
3. Smashbox Photo-correcting Primer in Blend/Adjust/Balance
Or you can make your own by mixing a lipstick or pigment with your concealer!

Here are a few visuals of correctors:


(L to R: Bobbi Brown corrector in Dark Peach, Maybelline corrector in yellow. See the difference between the yellow corrector and the dark peach? One has a darker pigment than the other. Dark Peach works great for darker skin tones, while yellow is awesome for lighter skin tones)


(L to R: Bobbi Brown Very Deep Bisque, Bobbi Brown Dark Peach. Both of these shades will suit darker skin tones)


(The Smashbox Photofinish Primer in Blend helps even out the skin tone. It’s pricey retailing at $39, but I find it really helps my foundation last longer and my skin looks more even.)

(When you blend well, you can’t even tell the difference!)

Q: So tell us, What’s your morning beauty regime? Are you a foundation only girl like me or do you have a favorite corrector or consealer you use daily?

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GUEST BLOGGER: Nadège Ngomsi is a self-professed beauty addict and lipstick “enthusiast”. Her love for all things beauty and fashion prompted her to create Atomic Beauté, a beauty blog for the modern woman featuring tips, tricks, reviews, swatches, travel, fashion and more! Read more about her on www.atomicbeaute.com.


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7 Responses to How To Use a Makeup Color Corrector

  1. C. Farley says:

    If you are looking for makeup from waking up to waking up the Boardroom this book is filled with great advice. Typically, I have found that many women just DON’T want to COMMIT to looking good. They want great results with no effort. If you want to get rid of those dark circles, TRUST ME, it really may take 2 or 3 colors, powdered down and maintained during the day. As to the profession, Bobbi Brown does the best thing by exposing her kit and listing ALL the items that must be carried to every appt.,plus cleaned up and maintained for the next time. Again the wise message is there are no shortcuts to looking great or being in the beauty business. But the rewards of fun, meeting interesting people and escaping 9to5 if you wear makeup or use it as a profession are worth it!

  2. glittergirl says:

    Great post..I have a question about colour correction. I have yellow/gold skintones but and my can look sallow sometimes so i have been using a lilac complexion enhancer by ysl to counteract the dullness in my skin.

    Also i have noticed that sometimes my yellow/gold skintones can look abit jaundice or mildly green which adds to me looking dull. So would i need to introduce a red/pink colour corrector to counteract the green in my skintones or this taking it too far?!

    I have also been confused whether i need to introduce a apricot/peach (red+ yellow + white) or yellow colour corrector but concerned it would make me look more washed out and ill? What to do?…..

  3. glittergirl says:

    Great post..I have a question about colour correction. I have yellow/gold skintones but my skin can look sallow sometimes so i have been using a lilac complexion enhancer by ysl to counteract the dullness in my skin.

    Also i have noticed that sometimes my yellow/gold skintones can look abit jaundice or mildly green which adds to me looking dull. So would i need to introduce a red/pink colour corrector to counteract the green in my skintones or this taking it too far?!

    I have also been confused whether i need to introduce a apricot/peach (red+ yellow + white) or yellow colour corrector but concerned it would make me look more washed out and ill? What to do?…..

  4. glittergirl says:

    Also will a pink colour corrector on yellow skintones make it look grey?

  5. fabulous post! I’ve been looking for some brown girl guidance on color correctors and this fit the bill :)

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  7. evonet says:

    I have dark skin, NW45 with grey-black hyper pigmentation on cheeks. I recently found a low end peach color corrector at Target by Pixi. It only cost $15 but I truly see the difference even though this is a light peach corrector. Still seems to work in canceling out the darkness.

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