How to blur out skin concerns with colour correctors
Remember the ‘colour wheel’ in high-school art lessons? Well, that’s the secret to mastering colour-correction – it works on the same principles as the colour wheel.
Use a face primer to create a smooth, clear base for concealer. Primers hold foundation in place and help cover up imperfections such as visible pores.
TRY URBAN DECAY Urban Defense Complexion Primer (R600); DIOR Fix It Colour 2-In-1 Prime & Colour Correct Face-Eyes-Lips (R580);
CATRICE Prime And Fine Pore Refining Anti- Shine Base (R92,95)
Cream correctors such as MAC Studio Conceal And Correct Palette (R510) are more pigmented and richer in consistency. Liquid correctors such as NYX HD Photogenic Concealer (R120) and Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening Serum (R460) are lighter in consistency and coverage than stick correctors such as Smashbox Color Correcting Stick (R390), which are also creamy and pigmented.
Decoding the colours
Green If your skin is prone to rosacea or acne, green concealers will counteract extreme redness and neutralise skin tone.
Yellow To nix dark circles under eyes, apply a yellow corrector to the area and gently blend it in with a sponge. Finish with a loose face powder that matches your complexion.
Orange/peach/red On olive and medium-dark skin, blemishes may have a greenish tint. Peach and orange – complementary to green on the colour wheel – are perfect for these skin tones.
Lilac and purple Use these shades to correct spots and yellow undertones on dull, sallow skin. You can also apply them under your regular concealer.
TRY MAX FACTOR CC Colour Corrector: The Balancer (R230) Dark; LA GIRL Pro Conceal HD HighDefinition Concealer (R59,95 each) Orange, Yellow and Green
Blend it in
For best results, leave the colour concealer on skin for a few minutes before applying foundation to allow it to set properly. To create a concealer closest in colour to your actual skin tone, mix two complementary colours (such as red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple) until the shade matches your skin as closely as possible.
TRY STILA Correct And Perfect All-In- One Colour Correcting Palette (R695)