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Color Correcting: The latest trend in makeup

Photo by: Madison Morriss | Staff Photographer
Ulta employee Emmi Tinnin applies makeup on March 29 to Georgetown resident Lauren McClelland.

Color correcting is taking the makeup world by storm.

This trend is appealing to every skin tone because it cancels discoloration and problems of all kinds.

Concealers and color correctors go hand and hand. However, there are different processes to conceal imperfections and improve skin appearance.

Concealers are typically used to hide small breakouts, dark circles and highlight facial features. When using a concealer, it should blend and match perfectly with your skin tone.

However, color correctors address specific issues with the skin, such as rosacea and acne scars. They are more heavy-duty when it comes to combating skin discoloration.

Color correctors are applied before foundation to create a perfect base. Concealing occurs after foundation to cover the small imperfections.

Complementary colors in the formula neutralize discoloration on the face or body.

For cancelling out redness on the skin, use a green primer to neutralize the red. This works because red and green are complementary colors.

To get rid of dark circles under the eyes, use an orange concealer to eliminate blue tones peeking underneath your skin.

At first, color correcting can be confusing. It can be hard to find the perfect match while so many colors and skin tones exist.

Color primers and concealers have different purposes. Choosing primers and concealers will depend on specific skin tone and discoloration.

Quick Color Guide: Which Color is right for your skin tone

Peach: Cancels dark circles and dark spots on light to medium skin tones

Orange: Cancels dark circles and dark spots on tan to dark skin tones

Red: Cancels dark circles on deep skin tones

Green: Calms intense redness on all skin tones

Yellow: Calms mild redness on all skin tones

Pink: Cancels dark circles and brightens dull skin on light skin

Purple: Cancels dark circles and brightens dull skin on medium skin


The Best Color Correcting Products


These two products are a little high in price range, but achieve the intended purpose.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid: $28 at Sephora

This liquid concealer is perfect for neutralizing purple and blue eye circles and is light enough for everyday use. A little goes a long way, making this concealer worth the splurge. The concealer comes in five different shades: green, yellow, peach, pink and lavender to fit your skin-perfecting needs.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Correct and Conceal Palette: $49 at Sephora

Sephora and Pantone have partnered to create this beautiful palette available in two shade selections: light/medium and medium/dark. These palettes offer color correcting and concealer options, allowing those with the lightest and darkest skin tones to participate in this new trend. The cream product blends well on skin and lasts all day, allowing you to put your best face forward.


For those on a college student budget who still want to look flawless, the following products will do what they say without breaking the bank.

NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette: $12 at nyxcosmetics.com and Ulta

The more affordable palette option offers six different colors for correcting various discolorations. You can become your own makeup artist for way less than the price of a professional makeover. It is a beautiful palette for those who plan to demonstrate their new skills on friends, as well as newbies who want to try color correcting before making a big splurge.

L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer: $12 at Ulta

For those with redness on the skin, this primer is for you. This primer will neutralize any lingering red tones and create the perfect base. The formula will guarantee a perfect makeup day and give you a selfie-ready face.

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand: $5 at nyxcosmetics.com and Ulta

Much like the Urban Decay concealers, this option is wonderful for those who want to try a liquid color corrector without paying the expensive price. This concealer will leave you walking out the door with flawless skin.