Color correction methods

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Color correction methods
Using coloured concealers can help correct uneven tones in the skin. (make-up image by Mat Hayward from

Many people use cosmetics to even out their skin tone and give their complexion a flawless look. For those who have areas of discolouration, using colour theory to correct these spots can make the spots much less noticeable. Following the traditional artist's colour wheel--which is a circle that arranges colours based on complementary relationships--you can address any unwanted colours in your skin tone by using its opposite on the colour wheel. This takes much of the guesswork out of colour correction make-up and allows you to get a smooth, even complexion.

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Use Green to Correct Red

Many individuals have issues with redness in their skin, which may be the result of acne, rosacea or irritation. Green is the opposite of red on the colour wheel, so a green-tinted face product can help counteract ruddiness in the complexion. Blending is important when using a green colour corrector because green products can create a noticeable sickly cast if not blended properly. Because redness usually covers a large area, a green-tinted foundation primer is usually the best product for correcting redness. Pressed and loose green toned powders are also options for balancing out allover redness while a creamy green concealer works best for smaller areas.

Use Peach/Salmon to Correct Blue

Whether due to hereditary factors, allergies or late nights out, under eye circles are a problem for many people. Most dark circles have a blue or purple tone to them, which is what makes them so noticeable. Blue's opposite on the colour wheel is orange, so to counteract blue tones in the skin, a peach or salmon product can be effective. Lighter-skinned individuals should opt for peach while those with darker tones should choose salmon. Because most blue discolourations are confined to the under eye area, a concealer is the best option. For mature skin, choose a liquid-based concealer so it does not cake in fine lines below the eye. Use a small amount and blend completely. In some cases, the peach or salmon colour of the product may be too obvious, so a concealer that matches your skin tone should be placed over it. For those on a budget, orange, coral or peach matt lipstick can be used to correct blue under eye circles as well

Use Lavender to Correct Yellow

For those who have a shallow, yellow cast to their skin or yellow or brown bruises that they would like to cover, lavender colour correctors can be helpful. Chose a lavender-toned primer or face powder if your face has an overall yellow tone. For specific spots or bruises, a creamy concealer works best. Fresh bruises may require a skin-toned concealer over the lavender for extra coverage.

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