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Color Correction: The Key to Flawless Makeup Application

Color Correction: The Key to Flawless Makeup Application
Jamari Hysaw

Most women, especially women of color, have areas of uneven skin tone on their faces. This is due to hyperpigmentation (a common condition where patches of the skin can be darker than the surrounding skin), scars and redness from rosacea, among other causes. In an effort to cover our uneven skin tone, we often cake on foundation and concealer, but a more flawless application can be achieved through color correction.

Color correctors are applied underneath the foundation and concealer to neutralize the spots that are a different color that the majority of our face. Understanding the color wheel is key to understanding how to correct for your particular skin tone.

colorwheelColors that are across from each other on the color wheel neutralize and cancel each other out. That means, the blue/purple hyperpigmentation most women of color have around their mouths, under their eyes, or on the sides of their faces can be canceled out with an orange/peach concealer. Similarly, redness can be canceled with a green concealer or primer, and a purple primer can eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones.

Most of the major cosmetics companies have color correcting products. Benefit’s Erase Paste, is one of my personal favorites. I also like the color correcting palettes, because you can mix the yellow and orange correctors to find your perfect shade of peach.


Benefit Cosmetics: Erase Paste

MAC Cosmetics: Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in Deep

Make Up For Ever: 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Bobbi Brown: Corrector

And here is a helpful example from one of my favorite YouTube Gurus

Happy Correcting!

Jamari Hysaw

Fashion and Beauty Associate