Colour correcting is one of those beauty techniques that seems beyond confusing at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it quickly becomes second nature.
While applying multiple colours to your face may seem counterintuitive (or like a new crazy colourful take on contouring, which essentially it is) it’s all about the basic principles of colour theory. It follows the premise that colours opposite one another on the colour wheel cancel each other out and in turn neutralise the tone of your skin – from disguising the redness of blemishes to banishing the blue and purple tones that tiredness leaves under our peepers.
To help you out, here’s our Glossy guide to what each colour is best for…
GreenAt the opposite end of the colour wheel to red, green provides us with the perfect tone to mute out the redness of blemishes and tone down ruddy cheeks. The two colours work in unison to cancel each other out and in turn, become a neutral colour that doesn’t show under foundation!
We love: YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer, £25
Light purple works its magic to neutralise yellow – so if you have yellow tones around your eyes or slightly sallow skin, it’ll brighten it up in an instant.
We love: Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Violet, £21
Yellow neutralises purple and brown hues, so if you suffer from pigmentation or dark spots it’ll work wonders to even out your skin tone. What’s more, the warm hue does double duty by canceling out the red of under eye bags while warming up cool undertones.
We love: NYX Concealer Jar in Yellow, £5.50
Pink brightens the skin which counteracts the appearance of fatigue, so if you’ve missed out on your beauty sleep, apply a little to your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes for an instant refresh.
We love: Max Factor Colour Corrector Stick, £8.99
While orange can be a little too heavy if you have fair skin, peach works in a similar way by warming up cool undertones and lifting the green and blue hints under your eyes.
We love: Stila All-in-One Colour Correcting Palette, £32.50
If you have deep or olive skin peach can be a little too light but orange works in exactly the same way to lift cool tones. Alternatively, if the colours of your under eye circles are quite deep then a combination of peach and orange could be just what you’re after!
We love: Kiko Concealer in Terracotta, £8.90