First off, you know this is RunwayRiot so think your face already comes correct without a stitch of makeup. But if you’re interested, even for the average beauty product addict, color correctors can be a bit of a puzzle.
Even though these colors look like they’d be much better suited to your nails than your face, the story with these bad girls is that they’re designed to neutralize dark spots, redness, undereye circles and baggies, scars, and the rest of it. Concealers conceal. Correctors neutralize. And let’s face facts — not all concealer compacts were created equally with everybody in mind. Figuring out what color goes with what area you’d like to cover up can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t HAVE TO BE. Correctors come in squeezy tubes, pots, and our favorite ones are the Make Up Forever palettes, which comes in a range of five color schemes from light to dark. Foundation, tinted moisturizer or even just some sunscreen if fine for your face, but if you’ve got the time and the inclination to try color correcting here’s our guide to color correcting.
The most common colors are orange, green, purple, and yellow. If you were paying attention in art class, you’ll remember the color wheel, and that’s where all of this comes from. Blend some of this with some of that, and two colors cancel each other out to create a totally different color. Here’s a breakdown of colors, so that you can become a pro at color correcting your face:
Rusty oranges and bisques are the best tack if you find you want to neutralize areas where you feel your skin might be hyper pigmented or discolored.
So if you’ve got some redness, blend some of the green cream into it, and the redness fades. Pro tip: really spend time blending this stuff in unless you’re entertaining children, you know, like a clown. Blemishes or very very flushed cheeks caused by too many compliments? Use green. This works really well for lighter skin tones.
If you’re feeling sallow and you have yellow undertones, reach for the purple. For when your skin has a serious case of SAD, there’s the lavender lilac.
If you want to cover up your visible veins, you can use the yellow stuff. (Yellow and blue, complimentary — you get it!) For spots that are dark, you can use orange.
Want to brighten it up a bit? Pink under around your eyes.