Color Theory 101: The Basics of Color Correction

Color correcting in makeup has been around forever, mostly with makeup artists, but I’ve noticed there’s been a resurgence of it’s popularity with the average makeup user. 

When done correctly color correcting is one of the best ways to get a flawless looking base without having to use a lot of heavy products to mask skin discolorations.

The theory behind color correcting all begins with something we all saw in our grade school art classes, The Color Wheel. 
Primary, Complementary, Colors
Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue 
Secondary Colors: Green, Orange Purple 
Colors across from each other are complementary
When mixed complementary colors will produce a neutral gray. This means that you can use complementary colors to get red of or neutralize colors that you do not want on your face.  
Red/pink acne will be neutralized with a green corrector. Purple under eye circles or discolorations will be neutralized with a yellow corrector. Blue under eye circles or other discolorations will be neutralized with an orange corrector.
For example, in concealing my under eye circles, which have a blue tone, I use an orange color corrector to neutralize the blue before applying my foundation and concealer to achieve a flawless base. For those with brown skin, like myself, and orange corrector can also be used to get rid of that “ashy mustache” effect that you can sometimes get from wearing foundation. 
See color theory in action: 


These same color theories can be used to cover all sorts of skin discolorations including birthmarks, bruises, and even tattoos. 
Have you ever tried color correcting? 
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Check back soon for a follow up to this post where I’ll share my favorite color correctors for all skin tones!