For today you’ll notice that neither side of my face looks right. So try to ignore that small fact:)
One thing that I’ve wondered when I see these intense color correcting photos and videos around is ‘OK I see that after all of those colors are layered on you are able to take foundation over the top and make it look good. My question is, are those colors actually helping you do that or making it harder?’
Don’t get me wrong, color correcting can be very useful but its also easy to over correct. Which means you then have to correct that and pretty soon you’ve spent 15 minutes and you’ve got 5 layers of makeup on your face.
I don’t have a ton of redness in my cheeks so I used my lips to demonstrate. On the left side I used green concealer and then covered it with a foundation. On the right side I used a yellow concealer (sunlit) alone.
The best color correcting is the one and done kind.
If you can neutralize the color with something that is a tinted skin tone rather than a full on color, it will look better and be easier.
Before jumping for a color correcting palette try something tinted first:
For redness: Yellow based concealer
For dark under eyes & dark spots: peachy or yellow concealer
To lift and brighten: pink based concealer
Also keep in mind that your skin tone matters.
The color you start out with is pretty crucial when considering whether a color correcting tool will work for you. For instance if you have a dark skin tone and very dark under-eyes using an orange concealer might be the perfect way to brighten that area and make it coverable. Although, if you are very fair to begin with, orange will likely take you further from your goal. Or, if you have a dark complexion and want to cover a blemish, using a pale green will more than likely only create an ashy spot you’ll have to cover completely as well. That is why choosing a tinted concealer in your color range will probably be better for most people than a color correcting palette.
So what do you think? Are you a big fan of color correcting? Have you seen that scene from Edward Scissorhands ?