Hello beauties! Part 2 of the Product Series is Color Correctors. If you have persistent skin problems related to color imbalances or uneven skin tone, or you’d like to learn how to tackle such issues that may pop up in the future, this post is for you.
WHAT ARE COLOR CORRECTORS
Color correctors are very similar to concealers in texture. They can come in the form of liquid and cream. From dark under eye circles to roseacea (redness), acne scars and pigmentation, there are many factors which can affect the overall look of the skin. This is where correctors – tinted with brighter undertones are crucial to create a uniform look. They work by counteracting or cancelling out whatever the color imbalance may be, so we have an even canvas to apply our base products such as concealer, foundation/powder on top.
UNDERSTANDING COLOR THEORY
Before I get into further detail, it’s important to have a basic understanding of color theory. For this we’ll use a basic color wheel which will make it so much easier to understand which color corrector is best suited for the particular skin problem you may have.
If you have redness: the color opposite of red on the color wheel is green; therefore correctors with a green undertone will help combat redness in the skin.
If you have blue/green’ish dark circles under the eyes or scars: the colors opposite of blue/green on the color wheel is orange/red; therefore correctors with an orange/red undertone will help combat dark circles/scars. For purple patches or bruises, it’s correctors with yellow undertones…you get the idea ;)
COLOR IMBALANCES and CORRECTORS TO USE
The most common problem majority of us experience is dark circles under or around the eyes. The biggest misconception about dark circles is that you need a concealer “couple of shades lighter than your skin tone” to cover them. You can most certainly use a concealer, but for stubborn circles, the trick is in the color. The most effective way to completely erase persistent dark circles is salmon/peach/orange colored correctors or concealers.
I did a little experiment to show you what I mean: It’s salmon/peach corrector versus regular concealer (couple of shades lighter than my skin tone). Keep in mind, what I did is very extreme, but if it works with the most extreme, you can only imagine what it’ll do in practice.
- I drew 2 lines on the back of my hand with MAC’s black Smoulder eye pencil and smudged them with my finger. For some reason, the Smoulder pencil turns a green/blue/grey shade on me when smudged so it made for a perfect “extreme dark circle” scenario.
- I took my Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in No.2 which is a salmon/peach shade; and my Giorgio Armani Concealer which is about a shade and a half lighter than my actual skin. I then dabbed and blended the same amount of product on each of the dark lines.
Results speak for themselves:
Top line: Left half of the smudged pencil is covered with Giorgio Armani Color Corrector in No:2 peach
Bottom line: Left half of the smudged pencil is covered with Giorgio Armani Concealer in shade 3.5
As seen in the picture too, correctors with a salmon/peach/orange undertone have the power to cancel out dark shades with hints of green or blue in them. Concealer on the other hand lightens the area but turns the color to an ashy/grey shade as it doesn’t have the color balancing properties against the green/blue. As well as circles around the eye area, this shade of color correctors can also be used for darkness around the mouth, acne scars or hyper pigmentation.
*I used Armani only because it’s the only brand that I have both a corrector and a concealer which have the exact same quality, consistency and coverage to make this experiment true to its purpose. That said, Giorgio Armani Master Corrector – as pictured, has been my all time favorite corrector for under eye circles for years. A tiny amount is all you need to get the job done. It doesn’t crease, dries up very quickly and stays put, not affecting any other products you may apply on top.
Other Color Correctors: green correctors are great in cancelling out redness, yellow correctors are good for purple toned bruises, scars or under eye circles and you can use lavender correctors to brighten dull complexions.
Here’s a list of color correctors you might like: Click on the product pictures below to be taken to the stores; DS=Drugstore
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector / Benefit Erase Paste / Tarte Colored Clay Corrector / Makeup Forever Camouflage Palette / NYX Corrector (DS) / ELF Corrector Palette (DS)
COLOR CORRECTOR TIPS
You can most certainly use salmon/peach colored concealers as correctors for under eye circles, scars and pigmentation. The trick is to having that salmon/peach shade in there.
Best way to apply correctors is by dabbing the product into the skin with fingers – especially for under the eyes where the skin is delicate. A fine tip brush is great for spot treating acne scars which may need more precise application and coverage.
Let the corrector set on the skin for a few minutes before moving onto base products such as concealers, foundation or powders.
The color pigment within the correctors can vary from soft pastels to brighter shades. Darker your skin tone and severity of the skin problem you have, the brighter the corrector shade you will need.
You can visit a professional cosmetics counter to have a consultation and take home samples of products wherever possible and test them to see if they’re suitable for your needs.
Did you find this post helpful? Have you used color correctors before and what was your experience? xx