Dermatologists will remind you that there's no such thing a perfect skin. Even with a dedicated skincare routine, blemishes will always pop up and late nights will give you dark undereye circles. There's also the sun to thank for hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone.
That's where color correctors come in. Depending on your concern, there's a color for concealing skin imperfections. That's not to say that your natural skin is unattractive. For those times that you want complete coverage, color correctors will give you a flawless base.
How To Use A Color Corrector
Apply your color corrector after your makeup primer. If you don't use a primer, apply it before your foundation. Start with small amounts and apply your color corrector on the areas that need it. Make sure to pat, not spread, your foundation over those areas to avoid smearing. You can use multiple shades of color correctors depending on your skin concerns.
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Color Correcting Shades
According to Hello Giggles, there are different shades of color correctors to cover every skin concern. Use this list to guide you:
Green neutralizes redness in light to medium skin tones. If you're prone to acne breakouts or dealing with rosacea, keep a green color corrector on standby. Some of Elle's top picks includes these affordable finds: L.A. Girl PRO.Conceal HD Concealer in Green, NYX Color Correcting Palette and Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Green.
Light Blue or Lavender
A light blue or lavender concealer brightens sallow skin. It neutralizes yellowness in light to medium skin tones. If you went overboard with self-tanner, blue neutralizes orange so this color corrector will save you. For darker skin tones, it may serve as a concealer base for dark undereye circles. Popsugar suggests Make Up For Ever Primer Color Corrector in 5 (light blue) or 6 (lavender).
Peach brightens or warms up light to medium skin tones for a healthier glow. While a lot of concealers in the market come in peach tones, a peach color corrector is a better bet if you don't have breakouts to conceal and just want to add brightness. Peach also neutralizes bluish areas like dark undereye circles in fair skin. Bustle suggests trying Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach, L.A. Girl PRO.Conceal HD Concealer in Peach and Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pen in Apricot.
Yellow is an ideal skin brightener and will correct brown spots for medium to tan skin tones. It will also help neutralize bruises, bluish and purple undereye circles and veins. L.A. Girl PRO.Conceal HD Concealer has yellow and light yellow corrector shades. Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer also has a yellow shade which they recommend for dark circles.
Orange or Red
Orange or red may look bright but when blended into skin, it neutralizes gray or ashy tones. An orange or red color corrector is a great makeup base for deeper skin tones. It will make foundation look more even. Elle suggests MAC Studio Finish Corrector in Pure Orange or Bobbi Brown Corrector in Deep Peach.