How To Colour Correct Like A Professional

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Colour correcting is one of the easiest makeup tricks that anyone can learn regardless of ability, budget and time pressures. It enables you to cancel out all of those pesky skin concerns like dark circles, redness and discolouration, without using gallons of foundation and concealer.

Professional makeup artists have been using these tools for years, but only recently have mainstream beauty brands jumped on the bandwagon and brought out their own versions, making colour correcting even easier and accessible for us mere mortals.

The key to success when it comes to colour correcting is understanding the basic science behind it. Take yourself back to your high school art classes and imagine a colour wheel. Colours that sit opposite each other on the wheel will cancel out one another and help to neutralise those unwanted tones. And remember a colour corrector is not the same as concealer - you don't need to apply a lot. Use it sparingly so that when you apply your foundation your skin looks even toned and requires less concealer, saving you product and money (win win!)

Still a bit unsure on the best shades to use for your complexion complaints and skin tone? Take a look at our colour guide below...


Best for: Sallow skin and dullness.

If your complexion is looking slightly lacklustre you’ll need a purple primer to bring your base back to its former radiance. This lightweight liquid formula is an instant glow in a bottle. Stamping out sallow, dull tones, it’s packed full of light-diffusing particles which promise to bring you back to your dewy self on the spot.

enter image description here NYX, Studio Perfect Primer, £10.50


Best for: Blemishes and redness.

For red, flushed faces, rosacea or breakouts, green is your guy. Apply in moderation to spots and redder areas, then follow with your foundation as usual. If your rosacea is particularly raucous and you find yourself struggling with an overly red base, try a green primer to even everything out.

enter image description here E.l.f, Tone Adjusting Face Primer, £7.50


Best for: Dark circles.

One of the hardest things to conceal are shadows beneath the eyes. This is because they come in a combination of hues, including blue, brown, purple and sometimes even dark green. The key to cancelling them out is accurately assessing your skin tone. Fairer complexions will need lighter pastel peach and soft corals, while warmer skins should use orange and darker skins can reach for reds. If your shadows are particularly severe, use a heavier texture like a stick, over a liquid.

enter image description here Becca, Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector, £12


Best for: Bruises and pigmentation.

Not to be confused with orange; although the exceptionally fair may benefit from using yellow to banish any bags beneath their eyes. For the most part, yellow should be saved for dark spots like scars and pigmentation, it can also help hide bruises too. Double it up as a highlighter by applying to the highest points on your face, like above the cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose.

enter image description here MAX Factor, CC Colour Corrector, £3.95

Finding the best colour corrector to treat your concerns couldn't be easier. Try taking our beauty quiz which will take out all the guess work and provide you with free, unbiased, personalised recommendations.