Colour correction, what on earth is it?
There are two forms. Cream and liquid.
Cream is a much thicker consistency and can be quite difficult to blend. I only ever use liquid on my clients as it gives the correct amount of coverage and is so much easier to work with.
The two main colours I use on clients are green and orange.
I’ll explain both...
Green colour corrector:
Green colour corrector is amazing at disguising any redness in the skin. If you suffer from hot flushes or you have a lot of redness then this is your best buddy.
How do I use it?
SPARINGLY! If you use too much you will look like the grinch gone crazy. A little goes a long way and make sure to blend. I tend to leave it to set for a few minutes before applying foundation. If you apply foundation straight away I find the green colour can show through. When applying #foundation over the top of any colour correction it is important to use a #stippling motion and avoid any dragging. If you drag the foundation when you have colour corrector underneath it will spread and mix the green colour into your foundation (fine for Halloween, not for a special event!) If done correctly it will hide any redness and make the skin appear flawless. It is also important to set the foundation with #powder, especially the areas where colour correction has been applied.
Orange colour corrector:
Orange colour corrector is amazing at hiding dark circles around the eyes or pigmentation on the skin. It has to be the right shade of orange, otherwise it will show through the foundation and you will look like you’ve been tangoed! For lighter skin tones I use a peachy corrector and for darker skin tones I use a muted orange shade.
How do I use it?
Again, the process is the same as for the green colour corrector, so sparingly and just where you need it. Under the eyes is where you need to take extra care as the skin is so thin. For this reason hydration is very important. If I’m colour correcting clients under eyes I will use extra moisturiser to compensate for the extra product I’m applying. You can use moisturiser or eye cream, which ever you prefer but make sure to let it sink in or the colour corrector will move around. After colour correcting you will need to apply concealer over the top and again use a stippling motion and avoid dragging as you will most definitely turn into a hot orange mess if you do so.
When applying powder, less is more. You can always add more but once you’ve put too much on the only way to reverse it is to start over. If you have severe skin discolouration then specialist #camouflage makeup can be bought, this will most likely be a cream based product and quite often you are given a demonstration on how to apply it. Final tip, if you don’t need it don’t use it. Not everyone needs to colour correct, only if the pigmentation is quite noticeable. A lot of times you’ll find the right foundation and application will do the trick but if pigmentation is a problem then colour correction can definitely help. It takes a bit of practice to perfect but once you have found the correct application technique, product and shade it will become so much easier.
Again, if you’re struggling with any makeup or skin care techniques or just want some general advice, you can always contact me.
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