Sometimes, foundation and concealer alone don’t cut it. No matter how much coverage you layer on, stubborn dark undereye circles, redness, and acne scars can still show through. When your go-to complexion products fail, it’s time to call in some trusty reinforcements: colour correctors. The general gist is that the unusual pigments like lavender, sea foam, and muted yellow can work to counterbalance pesky undertones in your skin.
Previously a technique only makeup artists knew, colour correcting has reached the masses thanks to YouTube and Instagram tutorials. Nearly every makeup brand now has colour correcting products: liquids, creams, powders, and tubes of primer in greens, purples, and yellows. Since colour correctors come in such a wide spectrum of rainbow shades, it can be intimidating for the average makeup wearer to figure out application. That’s why we tapped Estée Lauder makeup artist Jocelyn Biga to help us master the basics. Ahead, four ELLE.com staffers demonstrate the transformative powers of colour correcting.
Figure out your problem areas.
“First, identify what you want to correct. Ask yourself: Are you getting what you want with your concealer and foundation? If the answer is no, then that means a corrector could help,” Biga said.
Have you noticed that hyperpigmentation on your cheeks is the most difficult to cover up? Do you feel like there’s dullness beneath your eyes? Do you have a large surface area of discolouration or just tiny target spots? There’s a colour corrector to neutralize each of these individual concerns. “The best example is dark circles,” Biga continued, “Sometimes when you put concealer over dark circles, it looks ashy. You need to cut that blue first.”