Back in June I wrote a post about my favorite under-eye concealers and briefly mentioned a few color correcting tips. At that time only certain brands carried correctors (most notably Bobbi Brown). Today you can’t walk past a Sephora without noticing the watercolored displays of new and improved correctors everywhere.
Brands like Marc Jacobs and skincare brand Algenist have developed correctors with different hues, understanding that like many products in the beauty industry, traditional corrector shades are not a one-size-fits-all. These correctors still aid with issues like dullness, redness, hyperpigmentation and dark circles but the different shades make it possible for people with all skin tones to treat their concerns. At the same time it’s made it a little difficult to know which shade is best suited for you. Keep reading for a re-introduction in color correcting and my personal corrector cheat sheet!
WHAT ARE COLOR CORRECTORS?
Color correctors are meant to cancel out skin concerns that cause uneven skin tone. They’re worn under your concealer and foundation but over your moisturizer and primer. They should ONLY be applied to the areas where discoloration is occurring and should be blended before any other product is applied over them. If you’re using thicker, more emollient formulas like Becca’s skin correctors I would recommend using a beauty blender to sheer them out (or my current fave concealer brush) but if you’re applying Algenist’s correcting drops then your fingers will work just fine. The trick with correctors is to work in sheer layers. Never apply too much at first but if you need a little more product always remember to apply and blend, apply and blend.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Correctors work on the color wheel theory which states that complementary colors, or colors opposite of one another on the color wheel, will neutralize each other. If you’ve ever noticed your under eye area appear gray or brown after you apply your concealer then your dark circles need a little more help (or your concealer is too light for you). Below I’ve made a little cheat sheet that’ll help you find the right shade of corrector for your specific concern(s) according to your skin tone.
Remember you can use multiple correctors if you have more than one skin concern but never mix; Blend them separately then apply your concealer and/or foundation as usual.
DO YOU NEED COLOR CORRECTORS?
Because I have such dark circles it’s necessary for me to use a corrector under my concealer. Peach shades work amazing for me at canceling out my darkness but when it comes to using correctors for dark spots it’s better for me to use a full coverage concealer. I don’t have issues with redness so green correctors are something I’ve never really needed.
The best way to know which correctors work for you is by trial-and-error. Currently I’m loving the Algenist drops because of their thin consistency and the MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Concealer (the color correcting shades) are some of the best undereye correctors I’ve used. But if you have more than one skin tone issue you might be better off investing in a color correcting palette.
What are your thoughts on color correctors? Do you love them and use them daily? Which one’s are your faves? Let me know below!