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SPY Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Color Correctors

* Color correcting, when done right, can be a makeup game changer
* There is a corrector for most skincare concerns
* Great unisex beauty product

Color correcting in beauty is the art of hiding any skin imperfections like redness, darkness, dullness or hyperpigmentation. While these skin inconveniences can be masked by simply using your regular foundation and/or concealer, you may feel like they still aren’t doing the job.

The most important part of color correcting is finding the right color for your particular area(s) of concern. When it comes down to it, color correcting is simply about the ages-old color wheel we used in art class: colors directly across or opposite one another cancel each other out. For example, green is directly across from red on the color wheel which is why a green corrector works perfectly to conceal any redness.

While you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to use color correctors, there is an art to using them and they do add an extra step to your makeup application routine. When used properly, however, they can make all the difference in the world and can be shared with your loved one as they make a great unisex beauty product.

1. Green (for redness, rosacea, sunburn and acne)

If you want to correct redness stemming from acne, sunburn or scarring, then a green color corrector is your best bet. The Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment by Dr. Jart+ is an all-in-one treatment that includes a color-changing capsule within the formula to cover blemishes while restoring the look of your skin’s strength, health and vitality. More than just a cover-up, this treatment works to help improve the skin’s moisture levels, protect from UV light and environmental hazards while enhancing your skin’s viability. When applied, the cream will change from green-to-beige for complete redness color-correction.

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2. Yellow (bruises, veins, undereye circles)

Yellow concealers work to cover and hide purple or blue bruises, veins and any darkness under the eyes. As this color corrector/concealer tends to be the most popular, it can do double duty as a heavy concealer and corrector in one. A great option to try is the popular LA Girl Pro HD High Definition Concealer. These concealers are crease-resistant, opaque in coverage yet feel creamy and lightweight when applying.

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3. White (highlighting certain areas of the face, lightening foundations that are too dark)

White color correctors can be interesting and intimidating at the same time. While it may feel like you are applying white-out on your face, white correctors can be used for highlighting certain areas of the face, customizing your foundation or concealer to create your perfect shade or used as an eyeshadow base to make any color pop (this tip works with nail polish as well). The Kat Von D Lock-It-Concealer is the companion product to the popular Lock-It Foundation and is a great concealer with a wide array of colors and added extras.  The concealer works to brighten the under eye area, cover blemishes, correct discoloration, contour and bake. The formula applies smoothly, blends easily and the White Out shade is perfect for dramatic highlighting and mixing with other shades to create custom tones.

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4. Purple (dullness, reducing yellow tones in skin)

Purple, lavender or lilac tinted correctors or primers are best used to reduce any dullness or cancel out any yellow undertones on your skin. Whether you want an all-over glow or just need to cancel out a yellow tone here or there on your face, purple will do the trick. A great option is the NYX Studio Perfect Primer in Lavender. This silky primer is best applied prior to makeup application and after your moisturizer to will create a smooth, matte surface for foundation and ensure the longevity of makeup application — all while brightening and illuminating yellow-hued skin.

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5. Peach/Pink (brightening dark circles and illuminating dullness)

Peach/Pink correctors are used for brightening dark under eye circles and illuminating dullness in the skin. Ideal for fair skin, peachy-pink correctors can give most skin tones a much-needed radiance and work well on any blue-veins that may pop up on the face. One to try is the Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Pens in Apricot. These “retouchers” for the face work to counteract the look of discoloration with pure-color pigment that provides full coverage for a wide array of skin tone issues. Featuring a precise blender tip for easy application, simply apply the applicator directly to the skin and blend prior to foundation. Depending on how concerning your issue is you can either layer concealer or foundation over your color corrected area and finish with some setting powder.

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