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The LiveGlam Guide to Color Correction

Posted by Sally O'Kelly on May 1, 2018

Color Correction Guide

Color correction is a step that is often missed in a makeup routine as applying the brightest of purples and greens doesn’t seem all that natural. Actually, there are many benefits to color correction and it’s one of the easiest ways you can combat unwanted pigmentation and skin care concerns. Whether you have dulling and lackluster skin, are suffering from redness or want to combat those dark under eye circles, adding in a color correcting step to your beauty regimen will help you to achieve a flawless complexion.

Combatting redness with green and yellow

Redness is one of the most common skin care concerns and whilst you can invest in a calming skin care routine to combat the causes of redness, adding in green or yellow shade to your makeup base can camouflage redness in the meantime. Yellow color correctors counteract overall redness to the skin whilst a highly-pigmented green will disguise intense areas of deeper redness.

Banishing sallow skin with purple

Brighten a tired and dull complexion with a purple color corrector to bring back life to sallow skin. Varying from light lilacs to deep mauves, purple shades counteract yellow tones in the skin for a more balanced and radiant complexion.

Camouflaging dark circles with pink and red

Whether you’ve had a few days with a little less sleep than normal or just are naturally blessed with dark under eye circles, adding in a color correcting step before applying your concealer is the best way to neutralize the eye area. Full coverage concealers can crease throughout the day on the delicate eye area so reach for a corrector and medium coverage concealer instead to ensure all day hold to your makeup. Deeper skin tones should use red correctors while fairer skin should use peach and pink shades.

How to use a color corrector

Color correctors come in all different shapes, sizes, and formulations with it not longer just being a trick used by makeup artists. If you’re looking to tackle an overall discoloration concern such as sallow skin, reach for a color correcting primer to subtly tint your skin before foundation applying so your base makeup can apply more evenly. Whereas, if you have more targeted pigmentation such as rosacea or acne scarring, highly-pigmented color corrector creams are the best option.

With color correcting becoming increasingly popular, brands are also creating palettes dedicated to the cause so you can tackle pigmentation concerns head-on with one travel-friendly palette. Color correcting palettes often also include concealer shades so you can enjoy a flawless complexion quickly and easily.

What are your favorite color correcting products to use?

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Sally O'Kelly

Sally O’Kelly is a London-based beauty blogger with a serious passion for all things cosmetics. From berry lips and cleansing balms to sea salt sprays and contour palettes, Sally has tried it all and picked up some great tips for fellow makeup enthusiasts along the way.

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