Color Correcting Guide for Makeup Beginners

If youโ€™ve ever wondered what color correcting is or how to use color correcting makeup, then youโ€™ll love my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners. This post includes a helpful color correcting chart, tips on how to apply color correctors, and the best color correcting makeup for dark circles, dark spots, and redness!

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Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners

Happy Monday loves! Today Iโ€™m excited to be talking to you all about color correcting- one of the best makeup inventions out there, if you ask me.

If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you know that dark under eye circles are a struggle of mine, but since I’ve started color correcting, I’ve honestly noticed such a dramatic difference in the way my under eye area looks. Even better, thanks to color correcting and my awesome under eye fillers I barely have to wear any under eye concealer anymore, which is amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

If youโ€™ve never heard of it, or you have but arenโ€™t really sure what it is- no worries. Iโ€™ll be explaining a full color correcting guide for makeup beginners in today’s post.ย I’m also sharing with you how to apply color correctors and my favorite, affordable color correcting product recommendations for you to try out.

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Color Correcting Guide 101

In today’s color correcting guide, we’re gonna be talking all about what color correcting is and the science behind it. For those of you who use and wear concealers, youโ€™ve probably noticed in the last couple years that makeup brands have started adding more and more concealer shades that go beyond traditional skin tone shades. This includes off the wall shades like green, purple, yellow, and even orange.

Now I know what youโ€™re thinking: why would I possibly want to put an orange concealer on my face? Well it all comes down to science my friends. If youโ€™ll take a moment and think back to elementary school, you probably recall learning about the color wheel and how colors directly across from one another can cancel each other out.

The same rule applies in makeup when it comes to concealing those pesky problem areas (see chart below). Enter in color correcting!

Color Correcting Chart

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What is Color Correcting?

Color Correcting is all about balancing out color imperfections on the skin. This includes dark under eye circles, redness and skin irritation from blemishes, and dull, sallow looking skin.

Color correcting products are now available in the form of liquid concealers, cream concealer palettes like this amazing drugstore one, and concealing powders, and are all about helping enhance your skinโ€™s natural beauty. While they can be used alone, color correcting concealers work best when used in combination with foundation and regular concealer.

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None of us have perfect skin and a lot of times traditional concealers (even when they are full coverage) don’t fully camouflage dark circles and redness. This is why color correcting is one of the best makeup tools out there, because it really does work in balancing out the skin for that beautiful, flawless looking finish that I think we all love and desire. But in case you’re curious on which colors correct what, keep reading for my full color correcting guide below.

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

Color Correcting Guide – What Color Corrects What?

Green

If you struggle with redness, then green will be your new best friend.ย Acne, rosacea, eczema, sunburn, and any skin irritation resulting in redness can be counter-balanced with green concealer. Works on all skin tones.

Purple

Sallow, dull, or yellow-looking skin can quickly be brought to life with a little purple jolt. Purple works great for brightening up the face and helping you look alive again after being sick. Works on all skin tones.

Peach/ Pale Pink

Peach and pink tones are the perfect shades forย combating dark circles on light to medium skin tones. These shades also work really nicely for brightening the under eye area and covering dark spots.

Yellow

If there’s one shade that is a universal multi-tasker and everyone needs to own in their makeup tool box, it’s yellow. Yellow works beautifully on all skin tones and can be used to cancel out redness, dark circles, dark spots, and brightening the skin.

Orange/Red

As the boldest shade in the bunch, I can see why it might be intimidating to use, but oranges and reds work wonders in concealing even the darkest under eye circles out there, and can help conceal bruises, tattoos, and other dark spots on the skin. Orange should be used on light-medium skin tones, while red works best for deeper skin tones.

 

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

Color Correcting Guide – Makeup Chart

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

The Best Color Corrector for Dark Circles

For drugstore, myย current favorite color correcting product is the NYX Cosmetics Color Correcting Palette. I seriously use this on a daily basis, ya’ll. It’s amazing and only $12! Buy it Here

On the other end of the spectrum, the Stila All-in-One Color Correcting Palette is an awesome high end choice, as it has both the color correcting creams and setting powders all in one. While it is a bit pricier than the drugstore one above, it has amazing staying power and coverage well worth it, in my opinion. Buy it Here

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

How to Use and Apply Color Correctors

While it is personal preference, I recommend applying color correcting concealers on top of foundation before concealer. This ensures you’re onlyย applying product on areas that need extra “assistance”.

After applying foundation to the skin, I use my middle finger to lightly dab on product to the problem areas. I then go back over it very lightly with a beauty blender, and if needed apply a light layer of my regular concealer over it before setting with translucent powder. (Check out my favorite under eye concealers over here)

 

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post with my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners and that you will give color correcting a try. Be sure and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions on color correcting including application or shade recommendations. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Thanks for stopping by!- Cara

 

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Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

 

Wondering how to cover up those pesky dark circles once and for all? Then check out my Color Correcting Guide For Makeup Beginners where I'm sharing how to use color correcting makeup, how to apply color correctors, a helpful color correcting chart on which colors to use, and the best drugstore and high end makeup products to cover up dark circles, dark spots, and redness. #colorcorrecting #concealer #makeup #makeupguide #makeuptips

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77 Comments

  1. Yiota wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this, it is always confusing to follow what to do but you made it so simple. I will save this post for future reference ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  2. Chelsea Pearl wrote:

    Definitely want to try that NYX palette to step up my color correcting game!

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s so good! And inexpensive, so it’s a double win! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  3. Jolleen wrote:

    This is great info, who knew using a color wheel could be so beneficial! I will be using this from now on..

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it Jolleen! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  4. Andrea Bai wrote:

    The Make Up For Ever color correcting palette is amazing. I love that you went in depth with this post. You did so well!

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Andrea! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  5. Lindsey wrote:

    Goodness gracious I needed this so bad!! I have no clue what I’m doing..this was super helpful!

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it Lindsey! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  6. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side wrote:

    This is awesome! I’ve always wondered about what color I should be using, but was too lazy/never remembered to look it up! I’m so sharing this on my Friday Loves this week!

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Sarah! Glad you found it helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  7. Erica @ Coming Up Roses wrote:

    For a color correcting newbie like myself, this is SO helpful! I have redness and splotchiness so often and always try to color correct, b ut never knew how to do it RIGHT without just piling on foundation. THANK YOU for this, Cara!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re so welcome. Happy to help! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  8. Rachel Ritlop wrote:

    thanks for breaking this down! makes so much more sense now!

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome! Color correcting can be so helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  9. neha wrote:

    Yes, I completely agree. It’s so important to color correct with the right colors for specific areas. You really did a good job with the info! Thanks x

    Posted 3.14.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Neha! Glad you enjoyed it!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  10. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness wrote:

    I’ve been using green for big ugly zits forever, but I didn’t know there were so many other options! You are the makeup master girlfriend!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Chrissa. You’re too sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  11. Sara wrote:

    Can you give me a breakdown or do a post on how to cover under-eye circles? I HATE mine, and I haven’t been able to find anything that does well with hiding them!!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
  12. Elizabeth Johnson wrote:

    This is really great info! I did not know too much about this. I would never have thought to include as many colors as you covered.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it Elizabeth!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  13. Kiara A Catanzaro wrote:

    Not going to lie, I knew nothing about color correcting because I always found it intimidating. I also try to keep my makeup routine minimal, but I love the idea of what colors can help with dark circles! Thanks for all the info on this, Cara–will definitely be sharing with friends as well

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Kiara! That’s why I like the NYX cream palette because it isn’t too heavy and won’t give you that cake-face appearance. It literally glides on and helps conceal what you need it to, so your natural beauty can shine through! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  14. Emelia wrote:

    What an awesome interesting and in depth helpful post Cara. I’ve used some Smashbox products and the primer that’s green for my redness and it’s great. I’ve seen that NYX palette around and wondered how it was- glad to hear you like it!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you Emelia! I’m definitely a fan of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  15. Tilly MyKat wrote:

    Brilliant tips and perfect timing for me, I’ve been struggling with some red patches of skin on my face and struggling to conceal them. I think I need the added boost of colour correction. Thankfully that NYX palette is a steal! I’m going shopping.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Happy to help! That NYX palette really is golden. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  16. Brittany Putman wrote:

    Interesting! I don’t really wear make up but I would love to learn how to do all of this someday.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It really helps if you have areas on your face that regular makeup doesn’t conceal. It works wonders on my dark circles ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  17. Safaniya Stevenson wrote:

    It’s really cool how you kept it simple and I love your graphics of the colors! It wasn’t until recently that I found that red actually works best for dark circles.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Although it is a bit intimidating to put red on your face, it works wonders for dark circles. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  18. Claire Melzer wrote:

    I have been dabbling in green color correctors for a while now to control my red-pigmented face. I may have to try the products you recommended. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome! I like cream based products as they aren’t too thick and help keep the appearance of a more natural look. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  19. candy wrote:

    I have never heard of color correcting so was happy to read all about it. Found out I should be using green.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hope it helps, Candy!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  20. Neely Moldovan wrote:

    I have no idea what to do with color correcting. I need to try it out!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It works wonders if you have any type of skin issues. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  21. Jacqueline wrote:

    In the past, I have used colour correcting products. I’m deciding on updating my makeup and how I want to look this summer. But I’m looking to makeup with less chemicals.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      That’s great, Jacqueline. There’s a lot of natural makeup products out there now, so hopefully you’ll find something you love!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  22. Tanya Dufour wrote:

    I feel like color correcting has been around for quite a while but just got reintroduced in the past year or so. Growing up I used to get the green and yellow color correcter from Physicians Formula. I have a peach colored Sephora concealer but still don’t have color correcting down pat. My dark circles are pretty bad.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re right- It really has been around for years with makeup artists, but I don’t think it’s become popular for the general public until just recently. It takes a little practice in finding the perfect shades, but hopefully the color chart can help you! The salmon/pink tones really help me with my dark circles, but it all depends on the color of the dark circles and your natural skin tone.

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  23. Belle wrote:

    I’ve always wondered what are the different colors for! This is such an informative post!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed it Belle. It’s all about the opposite color on the wheel! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  24. Andrea Nine wrote:

    You’re so good!! You made it easy to follow and now I know I need green for redness. I’m so sorry your men were sick, they are lucky to have the BEST mom in you!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Andrea! I’m so glad they’re all feeling better now, it’s never fun when you have a household full of sick little ones.

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  25. Liene wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! Very useful information!^^

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  26. Nadine wrote:

    I have dark circles for days and need to get something more than just my age rewind concealer going on them!!! Are those the real technique small purple sponges? I have been wanting to try their other ones since I love the orange one so much!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes! I just bought them recently and love them for applying concealer! It’s a lot easier to ensure everything is blended and fits more easily than the large one.

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  27. Rebecca J Vincent wrote:

    I’m totally pinning that color chart for future reference!!!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yay, thanks!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  28. Sarah Jean Althouse wrote:

    I’ve never played with any color correcting but it actually seems fun. haha. I have olive colored-skin so sounds like a yellow may be the way to go. Thanks for the suggestions, Cara!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome! I love color correcting, and it actually is pretty fun!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  29. Leslie Soto wrote:

    Girl! I am loving this post. I am always trying to figure out what color to use to correct what flaw. This makes it so easy though. Thank you for taking the time to write this post and make this so simple.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re so welcome! Glad you enjoyed this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  30. Summer @ Coffee With Summer wrote:

    Love how you have this all laid out! I have been eyeing that NYX CC Palette for months now. I’ll have to grab it!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, it works so well! I love it!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  31. Bonnie wrote:

    Thank you for this insteuggle with red tones on my cheeks!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re welcome! Green/blue concealers can really help tone down redness. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  32. Marissa wrote:

    I’ve never even heard of this before! How helpful.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      It’s awesome, Marissa. Definitely check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  33. Nikki wrote:

    Color correcting is definitely my new favorite beauty thing. I have god awful under eye circles and the ONLY way to make me look less like a zombie has been to color correct. Since I am more on the medium to darker complexion, I use the bright orange and at first I was totally intimidated, but honestly once my concealer goes on top, you can’t even tell it’s there. I’ve been having some random patches of redness that I have been wanting to try green on and need to pick that up. Do you prefer the thicker formulas or the more liquid formulas?

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I definitely can relate! The first time I used green on redness, I was like oh my gosh people will see green on my skin lol, but once you put makeup over top nobody can see it. I personally like the cream based concealers for color correcting. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  34. kathy @ more coffee, less talky wrote:

    i have a corrector (salmon colour) for my under eye area (I have olive undertones)…one of the best products i’ve used!!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes! So glad you’ve found one that works!

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  35. maha matar wrote:

    Great post! so simple to understand and follow ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all the products listed and have used many of them on myself and on clients. I would have to say my favourite is the Makeup Forever colour correcting palette. I have repurchased it more than any other palette!

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I’ll have to check that one out! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  36. Michelle Morchella wrote:

    You explained it so easily and I love it. I don’t think I fall in love with color correction, but t I’m trying from time to time.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! I don’t necessarily use it on a daily basis, but when I really want to look my best for photos and special events, color correcting is the way to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  37. Lanae Bond wrote:

    I never knew that my love for pink and peach would actually help correct my skin issues! I have dark circles under my eyes and when I do wear makeup I go for pink or peach. I just been wearing those colors because they are my favorite shade! lol Thanks for posting this, I am definitely pinning it.

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha, I’m a huge fan of pink too! Glad you found this helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply
  38. Kim wrote:

    Love how simple you’ve made this! Man, everyone i know has been sick this year, here’s hoping you avoid it!
    XO- Kim

    Posted 3.13.17 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! So far, so good! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 3.17.17 Reply