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A Guide to Colour Correctors

In this article, we’ll be helping you decipher what colour correction is, and which colours will work best for you. 

While colour correctors became popular a couple of years ago, they can still seem a little overwhelming to use. With a huge range of colours to choose from, how do you know which one will have the desired effect? Its also a little daunting to suddenly apply a bright blue, red, yellow or green on your face; it really gives ‘painting your face’ a whole new meaning.  

What is colour correction?

Colour correction is the technique of applying one colour over another on your skin to neutralise them. Remember the colour wheel in art class? That’s essentially how this works. Opposite colours on the wheel cancel one another out, providing the perfect base for your foundation. 

How do I use a colour corrector?

Colour correctors come in all different forms, so you can find the best type of product for you. To generally even out your whole complexion, or if you have the same pigmentation everywhere, opt for a primer style colour corrector which you can apply to your skin before your other makeup. Some foundations also claim to have ‘colour correcting powers’, where they automatically neutralise all the different skin pigmentations you may have. For targeting specific areas, however, choose a concealer or palette which will allow you to focus on precise application. 

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'Opposite colours on the wheel cancel one another out. Providing the perfect base for your foundation. '

Neutralising dark, sun and age spots

Having darker spots on your skin is extremely common, but if you want to balance them out with a colour corrector, choose yellow. This counteracts the dark, purple-ish tones of the spots, and can help to cover up any bruising you may have. It also works amazingly as an all-round skin brightener, adding warmth and life to all skin tones. Unlike many other colours, the shade of yellow doesn’t necessarily depend on the shade of your skin, so experiment until you find the right one for you. 

Counteracting sallow skin

Yellowing and sallow skin can happen with vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, and even stress. Although it may take a while for you to resolve these, you needn’t worry about your skin appearing dull because of it. Purple is the perfect shade to balance out and brighten your skin. Shades can range from lilac to mauve, and I’d suggest the lighter for paler skin, and the richer for darker skin. In this circumstance, I’d also recommend a primer colour corrector, as it will work all over the face. 

Neutralising dark circles and purple tones

The colour wheel teaches us that orange and red shades will help to neutralise purples, so try a peachy colour corrector, but definitely not pinkIf you’re darker skinned, I recommend leaning more towards the orange end of the spectrum. This will help mask your under-eye circles after a long night, and can help to reduce the appearance of veins. These colours also have a similar but more subtle effect as bronzer, adding a healthy glow to lighter skin tones. 

Reducing redness and spots

Its really common to experience redness on your skin. Be it red patches, birth marks, acne, rosacea, sensitivity, sunburn, or even just a red nose in winter – red skin pigmentation comes in all forms. To neutralise this, turn to a green colour corrector to help balance out the rosiness and create a more even skin tone. The intensity of these products can range all the way from a light mint to a darker green, so experiment to discover the right one for your skin tone and redness shade. 


Although they look bright and loud at first, colour correctors are a makeup bag essential. If achieving that perfect base is your goal, you definitely need to try this technique out.  


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