Have you ever spent a long time doing a full face of makeup only to still notice hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, or redness on your cheeks. If a cocktail of concealers, foundation and powders aren’t enough to even out your skin tone, then the art of color correcting may be for you!
Color correcting can be tricky to make look natural, so you must factor in some practice time before you wear them out in the world. Our CC cream formulas are blend-able and have high quality pigments.
Color-correcting shades come in the variety of green, purple, peach, red and yellow creams that cancel out ruddiness, brighten dark under-eye circles, hide veins and generally erase all signs that your skin isn’t flawless.
Be real: Do you actually know how to color correct?
There are two main ways to color correct.
Either, you apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer first, so you won’t have to use as much color corrector as you probably would on a makeup-free face. Or, you can add concealer and/or foundation on top of your CC cream. Keep in mind you’re not trying to cover a tattoo or a bruise when color correcting, you’re focusing only on brightening “shadows”. The trick for applying CC cream over your foundation or concealer is to apply lightly with your fingertips, and let the warmth of your skin help blend the product in with your skin tone.
Here are the major colors and what they target:
- Green: redness
- Lavender: yellowness/ sallowness
- Light Pink/Peach: darkness, dullness and blue veins, particularly in fair skin
- Red/Orange: darkness on skin tones deeper than medium
- Yellow: dullness, particularly in olive skin tones
Color Correcting 101:
Color-correcting isn’t for everyone.
Think of CC cream as an assistant to concealer and foundation. If you’re happy with the job your makeup does now, you don’t really need to dabble in color correcting. The only people who probably will want to adapt this strategy are those who are bothered by their skin discoloration. For everyone else, it’s a makeup strategy best saved for life’s most photograph-worthy moments.
Use them sparingly to boost your natural complexion. CC creams are good for addressing patches of redness, visible veins on your eyelids or just boosting radiance. Rather than switching your skin tone family completely from cool to warm or vice versa.
Don’t get overzealous. Especially if you’re new to color correcting, start lightly and build coverage. It can be tempting to pile on makeup on a particularly pigmented spot, but if you blend as you go, you’re more likely to get a natural-looking result.
Combating Stubborn Dark Circles
When trying to cover dark under-eye circles, corrector allows you to use less concealer due to the CC cream counterbalancing the darkness. So, you can avoid piling on the concealer, that still shows a dark cast under your eyes. Thick application of concealer can appear heavy and cake-y in a high resolution photo. Tap the concealer/foundation on with your finger or a brush to prevent smudging the corrector.
Find the right CC cream for your skin tone:
There are different rules for under-eye circles when it comes to light, medium and dark skin tones.
For light skin, a yellow, peach or purple-based concealer will cancel out the gray tones created when concealer is layered over shadowy areas.
On darker skin, use bright orange or red CC cream first, then follow up with a neutral or yellow-toned concealer.
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Thanks for a great article! This will really help me! I think I now understand how to go about covering my dark under eye circles. I have MAJOR Baggage 🧳 🧳 I will be sure and let you know how it works out! I can’t wait to try it!