LAST UPDATED: DEC 21, 2022 / By Nura / MakeUp
Color corrector is one of the makeup artist-approved classified technique to put through a much more even facial skin tone. Color correcting before applying concealer can give a better complexion. Color correctors resemble concealers, other than they’re offered in a variety of colors to help balance discoloration in the skin. So, while concealers are highly pigmented and meant to help mask imperfections by matching your natural complexion, color correctors cancel or neutralize out the shade of dark spots, or dark circles, or blemish thereby aiding to reveal a more consistent skin tone.
How Does It Work?
The technique is to use color that will cancel out the concern that you want to hide. This means you need to use an opposite color and in return it will bring your skin tone back to it’s neutral palette. Below we write handy guide on which color you can use for different type of concern that you have on your facial skin.
+ Green: Green is opposite of red. A green color correctors can help to cancel out the redness that is associated with pimples. It also can be useful to cancel out the red tone of inflammation, acne and flushing color tone.
+ Pale Green: The other most common types of color correctors are Pale Green for people with a lot of rosacea.
Related: 3 Best Color Corrector Primers for Rosacea and Redness.
+ Yellow: Suitable for people with sensitive, easily irritated skin, with reddish-purple marks and olive skin tones. Also can be use to brighten up purple shadows, bruises, veins and under eye circles.
+ Lavender: Suitable for people with sensitive, dull and sallow skin, who have yellow undertones and to evening out skin tone.
+ Blue: Helps neutralize yellow and orange hues, and hyperpigmentation on fair skin. It also can be use to tone down overly self-tanned skin or too warm/peachy/yellow hues in complexion products.
+ Peach/Salmon: These colors are opposite of blue and best to use it on dark circle around the eyes, especially for people with lighter skin tones.
+ Red/Orange: Orange and Red is opposite of blue. It is used to cancel dark blue or purple discoloration. Ideal to be used to hide dark spot and blemishes especially for people with darker skin tones such as golden, olive or almond-tone skin. People with lighter skin tone should avoid this color.
You can also get color correctors that are two colors, like green and lavender, to cancel out red and yellow tones. When you have found a correct shade to use on your concern area, the second step is to figure out what level of saturation is right for your skin. Pastel color is suitable for fair complexions; Yellow, Orange and Peach are suitable for Medium complexions; and lastly Deep Peach and Dark Orange suitable for people with darker complexion. It is important to understand how each color corrector works before you buy one. Doing so will help you choose the one that is right for your skin’s unique needs.
Type Color Corrector for Every Skin Concern
Dark circles can result from lack of sleep, genetics or stress. Concealer, eye creams and color correctors can be use to help reduce the appearance of dark circle. Peach and Bisque color corrector can be used first on the spot to cancel it out before applying concealer. But if you have a darker skin tone, you might want to use Yellow or Orange color to hide the spot as these shades can counteract purple, grey and blue pigmentation. Under eye area is a sensitive part of the skin since it have thin layer of skin. Look for a corrector with extra moisturizing agent. Carnauba wax is good ingredients to avoid creasing and provide instant illuminating effect; and flavonoids is good to reduce puffiness. Remember to apply eye cream first before using this color corrector on the area.
Green color corrector works to neutralize the red color in redness concern due to acne, rosacea, broken capillaries, blotch or blemish, sunburn, all type of inflammation or chronic sensitivity on your skin. Commonly, redness color-correcting cream will also contains shea butter and coconut oil, which act as moisturizers to hydrate your skin.
Skin dullness can be caused by a variety of factors. Whether its blemishes, dryness, or a range of other factors, dull skin can throw a serious damper on your life, especially when you’re trying to feel confident and beautiful. Lavender color corrector can work with the skin to help correct sallowness and dullness by providing extra radiance to your skin tone.
A non-comedogenic formula color corrector can help avoid clogging your skin pores. For the Color Cheat Sheet, Beige color is suitable to cover up light-colored scar, Green color is suitable for acne scars, Yellow color is suitable to corrects purple or blue-ish scars, and lastly Peach or Orange color is suitable to cover deep discoloration from dark acne scar.
Factors need to be considered before buying Color Corrector
+ Coverage Needed
It depend on your degree of skin concern and your skin type. Skin with heavy concern might need more coverage and layers to conceal.
+ Powder vs Liquid
For beginner, it is advisable to use powder color corrector. But when the ‘concern’ you want to hide is quite heavy, try a liquid or cream color corrector and remember that less is more when it comes to color corrector usage. Liquid types is better for sensitive part.
+ Moisture content
You will need a hydrating and high moisture content color corrector if the concern area is located near your eye since this area have thin layer of skin and prone to sensitivity.
Your skin tone will define what saturation is needed. If your skin is fair, lean to a lighter color. If your skin is darker, lean to a heavy color.
You can have illuminating or matte finishing. Illuminating type can help brighten certain type of concern such as dark circles.
If you are living in a humid climate or environment, or you sweat a lot, or get involve in high-moisture event such as swimming, weddings– you might need this type of color corrector to prevent crease, crack or melt after application.
1+ Color corrector need to be applied first on the ‘concern area’ before applying other make-up items. A small brush can help blend the cream and give ultimate coverage on your skin. Please let each layer dry and set first before applying a new layer on top of it.
2+ After done correcting, you can apply Foundation with SPF protection on your skin. Depending on what type of finishing you want, loose powder can help tone down the glowing look of certain foundation and giving a cloud lookalike skin.
3+ Concealer can be added on the third step to further conceal the imperfections of certain spot on the skin. Certain concealer can come with Hyaluronic Acid to provide hydration to your skin.
4+ Proceed with Makeup. Its your own choice, whether want a glowing, matte or dewy finishing, you can apply Powder, Mist or Skin Tint on your skin at this stage.
CC cream for White Skin
+ Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Violet, $20
Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Violet is one of the most multi-functional products on the market today. Not only will it conceal dark circles under your eyes, but it will also brighten your skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and even out your skin tone! It’s a fantastic pick-me-up for the under eye area and its unique formula can be used on a variety of skin tones.
+ Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Lavender, $28
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid acts as a concealer, foundation, and powder all in one. This unique formula is dermatologist-tested and ophthalmologist-tested to be non-irritating and is made with a blend of skin-soothing ingredients. Lavender is perfect for medium to dark complexions with slight yellow or red undertones.
+ Cover FX Correct Click Color Corrector in Lavender, $18
This is the best color corrector to use if you have large areas of dark circles and redness. It helps brighten up your complexion and conceal your dark circles. It’s been clinically proven to be quite effective, and you’ll see a noticeable improvement after a few weeks.
CC cream for Brown Skin
+ LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector, $31
LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector is a foundation with a unique formula that hydrates the skin, locks in moisture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This product is oil-free and available in 7 skin tone shades.
+ CHARLOTTE TILBURY Magic Vanish Color Corrector, $32
The CHARLOTTE TILBURY Magic Vanish Color Corrector helps to eliminate the appearance of minor skin discolorations and minimize the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, blemishes, and so much more!
+ MAKE UP FOR EVER Redness Corrector – Primer Color Corrector, $37
A color-correcting primer and foundation in one, this innovative primer instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while also preparing the skin to better absorb foundation.
CC cream for Dark Skin
+ Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Papaya, $23
Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Papaya is the perfect product to give your skin that dewy glow that you see on models in magazines and celebrities. Your skin will look fresh and young. It will also be protected from harmful UV rays.
+ Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime & Color Correct, $31
Dior Fix It 2-in-1 Prime and Color Correct is a white primer and color corrector that promises to take care of blemishes and dark circles while hiding flaws and imperfections. The product comes in a small tube and is easily portable.
+ NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Dark Coffee, $30
Radiant creamy concealer comes in a range of shades that are designed to match everyone’s skin tone. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in a mousse like texture that blends easily and doesn’t crease.