29 Jan 2017

Colour Correcting 101

A while back there was a craze of colour correcting amongst the beauty-sphere. So many brands bought out colour correcting palettes, concealers and powders.. the choice was endless. I knew I had to try it and so I started researching into the idea of colour correcting.

I believe the idea came from a classic colour wheel that artists use. The colours that are opposite each other work harmoniously to counteract and neutralise the problem area.

Use this as a rough guideline:
PEACH/ORANGE - blue tones: under-eye circles (darker skin tones), scars.
PURPLE/PINK - yellow tones: generally brightens skin.
GREEN - red/pink tones: spots, redness.
YELLOW - purple tones: bruises, under-eye circles (lighter skin tones).

It is basically like primary school art! And it worked on your face!

I didn't really see the point in colour correcting but decided to try out the trend anyway. I decided to stick with the budget beauty side (as always) and bought the Max Factor Colour Corrector Stick in the green shade and the MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal Palette.

If I was to have a 'problem area' I would usually get a bit of redness on my cheeks and nose. Occasionally, I may have not had enough sleep so I'd suffer with dark under-eye circles. So I wanted to use these palettes to tackle that and make my skin tone appear more even.


How I use them

Firstly, I start with a clean moisturised base with no makeup on. Using the Max Factor Green Colour Correct Stick, I dot this on the red areas of my skin. So I pop it on my nose, cheeks and any blemishes I may have. The formula of the stick is quite creamy but not greasy. It glides onto the skin and doesn't tug or pull anywhere.

Then, I go in with the MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal Palette and correct other areas. I use the peach/orange tone on my under-eye circles and the purple around my mouth to brighten the darker area of skin. I sometimes layer the yellow shade on my under-eye circles for extra brightening (if I really need it). If I am especially red that day I will also layer the green tone on top of the concealer stick I just applied. The formula of the palette is a lot more smooth and borderline greasy but nothing too difficult to work with. It means that I can use a brush to blend it into the skin.

After that I usually go in with my foundation followed by concealer. I don't really like the concealer shade in the palette because it doesn't do much for me but I apply my trusty Maybelline Fit Me Concealer instead.


I did notice a bit of a difference in the overall appearance of my skin. It looked a lot more perfected, which is good when I'm going for that flawless look. On the days where I am feel lazy or wanting a 'natural' finish, I'll skip this step. I tried it on my mum and it worked so much better, perhaps it is better formulated for mature skin. Personally, I really only colour correct on the days I have a bit of extra time because it isn't particularly life-changing.

What do you think of colour correcting - yay or nay?


  1. i just don't get colour correcting. whenever i tried it, it hasn't made a difference at all...i have no idea what i'm doing wrong.


    1. Perhaps your skin doesn't need it? :) I know that it is just a bit of a bonus step in my routine but I'd rather skip it out!

  2. See I knew about colour correcting, but never connected it to the colour wheel and now it all makes so much sense!

    The Quirky Queer

    1. Yeah! It definitely helps to put it into perspective :)

  3. I have only tried correcting my dark circles (which are quite severe) and have never had much luck.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

  4. I actually colour correct with an orangeish concealer on my dark circles and around my mouth! I have noticed so much difference when I add my perfect colour concealer on top! My dark circles vanish and it's honestly so important if you suffer from pigmentation or from acne scars! Great post :)

    xo, Yasmin

    1. Ooo that's good! Glad it works for you :) x

  5. I feel with colour correcting you either get it or you dont. I find myself always reaching for the green as I get quite rosy cheeks, not to mention the amount of spots haha! I find the Make-Up Revolution one works really well if your looking for another cheap alternative
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

    1. Definitely! I love Makeup Revolution so I might buy that for my mum - she really liked the effect colour correcting had on her skin


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