Hot Right Now: Color Correcting Makeup

Color Correctors

Although color correcting techniques have been used by makeup artists for decades, the concept has suddenly become wildly popular among consumers and avid beauty junkies in recent months. Using contrasting shades from the color wheel to neutralize pigmentation issues on the skin is the basis of this technique, which means using scary-looking concealers like green, purple and peach to cancel out red (like blemishes), yellow (like sallowness) and blue (like dark circles).

The trick is to only use the color correcting makeup on the exact area that needs correction—so be precise! I recommend using a brush to apply to smaller areas. If you apply color corrector to your natural skin, that scary green or purple shade may show through. I always recommend to finish color correcting techniques with a natural skintone shade on top, whether you’re layering another concealer or simply applying a powder foundation all over.

If you have serious skin issues and your concealer isn’t quite cutting it, try color correcting to cancel out extreme pigmentation issues. Remember—a little goes a long way! Here are some of the best color correctors to try.

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  • 1 of 7 Lancôme Miracle Cushion CC Primer in Green
  • Lancôme Miracle Cushion CC Primer in Green
  • Lancôme Miracle Cushion CC Primer in Green, $39.50

    This sheer, green-tinted primer is great for covering large areas of redness, such as rosacea, acne or irritated skin. You can use the included sponge to lightly apply the product to a large area, or use a brush for precise application (although I really would recommend a different formula for small areas). The light, sheer green pigments help to counteract any redness while the hydrating formula leaves a fresh, cooling sensation on this skin. This one is personally my favorite color corrector since I have a lot of redness in my skin which it neutralizes while prepping my skin for makeup. Available at Sephora.

  • 2 of 7 Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Pink
  • Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Pink
  • Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Pink, $14

    I’m in love with this pink-tinted concealer! It works great to cover intense, bluish dark circles. I don’t usually have to follow-up with another concealer on top because this shade is quite similar to a natural skintone, yet really helps to brighten up the entire eye area. I’ve used it in a few of our tutorials (like here and here) for a bright, fresh-faced look. Available at Sephora.

  • 3 of 7 essence Say No To Redness
  • essence Say No To Redness
  • essence Say No To Redness, $3

    This concentrated corrector stick is great to keep in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day (like when you feel a pesky zit coming on or redness around your nose starting to show through mid-day). It’s budget friendly and neutralizes redness in a flash! Available at ULTA.

  • 4 of 7 Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector in Bright Now
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector in Bright Now
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector in Bright Now, $42

    This sheer twist-up stick combines two marbleized hues in pink and lilac to brighten the skin and banish dullness in a flash. This product is also good for covering large areas of skin because of its wide surface area and sheer texture. I love using this as a highlight base on the cheekbones and forehead! The formula also has a velvety texture to help blur bumps and texture for a soft-focus effect. Available at Sephora.

  • 5 of 7 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Bisque
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Bisque
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Bisque, $38

    I’ve always loved YSL’s iconic Touche Éclat for brightening my complexion, but I always found it didn’t have enough coverage for my dark undereye circles. This new, peachy corrector shade changes all of that! It isn’t any more pigmented than the original, but because of the color-correcting peach tone, it really helps to neutralize darkness under the eyes with ease. Available at Sephora.

  • 6 of 7 Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Don’t Be Dull
  • Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Don’t Be Dull
  • Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Don’t Be Dull, $23

    Violet color correctors might not be used as often as green or pink, but they certainly make a big difference. This creamy pencil is great for brightening up sallow areas, like age spots or blotchy skin. I also like to pop a little bit in the inner corner of my eyes for a brightened effect! Available at Sephora.

  • 7 of 7 Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette, $45

    If you want the ability to correct and conceal a wide array of skin issues, this palette is for you. The compact features six different cream complexion correctors, including orange for correcting dark undereye circles on deep skintones (also works great for tattoos!), green for neutralizing redness, brown (they call it “warmth”) for sculpting and contouring, two shades of peach for correcting dark undereye circles on light and medium skintones and yellow for highlighting and brightening. It’s truly an all-in-one! Available at Sephora.

    The Swatches

    (L-R) Lancôme Green Miracle Cushion CC Primer, Sephora Pink Bright Future Color Corrector, Essence Say No To Redness, Marc Jacobs Beauty Bright Now Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector, Yves Saint Laurent Bisque Touche Éclat Neutralizer & Smashbox Don't Be Dull Color Correcting Stick
    (L-R) Lancôme Green Miracle Cushion CC Primer, Sephora Pink Bright Future Color Corrector, Essence Say No To Redness, Marc Jacobs Beauty Bright Now Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector, Yves Saint Laurent Bisque Touche Éclat Neutralizer & Smashbox Don’t Be Dull Color Correcting Stick
    Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette
    Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette (L-R, 1-6)
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