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It seems as if whenever we scroll through our Instagram feeds, we spot videos of makeup artists dabbing their face with orange, green, and purple creams. Despite their initially clown-like appearance, they each look completely flawless once they've buffed and blended. They owe their perfect complexions to color correcting.
Though color correcting may be one of the hottest makeup trends right now, we'll be the first to admit that figuring out what shade goes where can be downright confusing. You see, traditional concealers are made to brighten the skin, while color correctors camouflage discoloration. Instead of just covering blemishes and dark spots, you use . . . well, green or orange!
Make Up For Ever Director of Artistry Lijha Stewart clarifies this theory further: "Two colors across from each other on the color wheel are complements, and therefore they will cancel each other out. This theory translates in makeup because of our various skin tones." So, if your breakout is bright red, you can use a green product (a complementing hue) to neutralize the pink tones in your blemish.
That's just the beginning! Finding the right formula is key when it comes to this multihued method.
Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, whose famous clients include Lupita Nyong'o and Brie Larson, says, "In general, if I'm using one all over the face or a wide area, I go with a liquid because it's subtle and won't look pasty. However, for smaller areas that have more discoloration — like under the eyes and pimples — I go with a thicker cream formula."
Read on to get the lowdown on how to navigate the world of color correcting with some tips from the pros and our favorite picks.