Monday, 11 April 2016

Colour Correctors...Do We Really Need Them?




Colour Correctors has become the latest buzz words in the beauty sphere this season, with Urban Decay, YSL, Tarte and many others all releasing their own formats. This kinda puzzles me a little as Correctors are nothing new within the beauty industry, and I for one have been using them for donkey's years for under the eye area. 

However, I've often felt that the traditional, highly pigmented creams are seen as a little dated these day's as foundation and concealer formula's have vastly improved over the past 5 years in terms of coverage. Even drugstore, so is often deemed as no longer needed. One can only assume that this latest influx has derived from the latest trend from Instagram!

I'm not a makeup artist so I don't really consider myself a true expert, but I have picked up an awful lot of what I've learnt over the many years of applying and studying makeup. I decided to publish this guide for anyone that may be confused about their uses.  


So, what exactly are Colour Correctors? 

Colour Correctors are very different from concealers because instead of concealing which is what a concealer does, correctors neutralise or brighten the problem first. 

By using the colour wheel theory, these brightly coloured creams and liquids are formulated to help brighten areas of the face or to neutralise and even out skin tone before applying foundation or concealer. They can either be found in a palette form (Graftobian is a great one by the way) or sold individually. These palettes can contain anything from 3 to 7 colours! Green, Orange, Yellow, Lilac or Pink or even Blue, with some also featuring concealer shades, a light and a dark to apply afterwards. 

When people first take sight of these cream palettes containing all these bizarre colours, this often leaves them either confused, scared or both! 

So do we really need them? Are they that necessary?

"Only for people who have skin issues where a concealer and foundation have failed to cover." 

When applying a cream formula, a thin layer is all you'll need. So apply by dabbing onto the area of concern. Blend well, but don't go beyond the border of the area you're trying to neutralise, otherwise you'll end up making it look worse! 

Colour correcting primers are much gentler and are now considered the preferred method to use these days. Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector, Nyx Studio Perfect and Makeup Forever Step One are just some of the many that are available. 

                                                         The colour wheel theory.

Green is opposite Red:

Green will help to neutralise any redness in the skin. This is great for light skin tones that suffer from redness or rosacea in the cheeks or for toning down any spots or blemishes. Fortunately, those dreadful formula's of yesteryear of us resembling Shrek have long gone.

I recently had a mammoth spot on the end of my nose of all places, and dabbed a little bit on top of the spot before applying concealer - It worked a treat. Far better than applying dozens of layers of concealer, I can tell you.

Orange/Peach opposite Blue:

Orange and Peach are used for deeper skin tones to once again help neutralise darkness under the eye area and to brighten and cover pigmentation on areas of the face. Peach primers can also be useful for brightening lighter cool skin tones. 

Salmon Pinks also opposite Blue:

Salmon Pinks are probably the most popular form of colour correcting amongst us lighter skin tones, and is used for neutralising or brightening any blueish/purple veins or darkness under the eye before applying concealer/foundation. Products like the Bobbi Brown in Light Bisque, Pixi Peach Corrector and Benefit Erase Paste in Medium are just a small handful of products available out there.

A Salmon Pink corrector is a must have and is worn every time I wear makeup. It's great for waking up the look of tired eyes and is also used on the shadow of the eye bag to cover the darkness and harshness before finishing with concealer. 

Pink/Lilac/Light Blue opposite Yellow, Yellow/Green and vice versa: 

For very yellow and olive complexions, Lilac/Pink/Blue can help to brighten and tone down the sallowness of the skin. Correcting primers can be great for this. 

Yellow can also be great for toning down redness around the eye area and cheeks just like Green on lighter skin tones. 

So, there you have it! I hope this gives you a little understanding as to what they are and their uses. Like I said before, foundation and concealers have come an awful long way in the last 5 years or so in terms of coverage. But sometimes, our skins may require that little bit of help and assistance, and it's good to know, however little they're needed, there are products out there that can help with these issues.

Do you use any colour Correctors? Are you a fan of them? 



  1. The Pixi concealer in Brightening Peach has genuinely changed my make up game! I always put it in the very inner part of my eye and on the sides of my nose and then over my dark circles.
    I've not tried any other colours though!

    1. It really does make a difference, doesn't it!? xx

  2. I can't say I'm convinced on some of the crazier colours but I definitely find a peach colour under the eyes helps to cancel out my dark circles :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. Agreed, although I found green under concealer to be excellent for toning down an angry spot. xx


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