Why you need to know about colour correcting makeup

20 December 2016
By Fashion Quarterly

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You’ve been caring for your skin and most likely contouring it too, but have you also been colour correcting it?

Here’s the low-down on what it is and how to do it.

What it is:
Colour correction is a make-up technique using products that help to camouflage discolouration – under-eye circles, dark veins, redness or bruising. Start with a small amount of product and build up. The aim is to neutralise the skin underneath your foundation to give you a consistent base to work with.

Why you need it:
Skin experts believe colour correction is essential to creating a flawless complexion. It’s a lighter way to conceal different skintones and dark circles without using a lot of product.

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How to use it:
Consider whether you have a red or yellow base. Green counteracts red, so this is ideal for blemishes. Yellow neutralises pigmented skin and brightens to give an even look, pink will add warmth, and peach and orange neutralise blues and are ideal for under-eye circles. Colour correct after moisturising and before foundation.

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Try it:
From left to right; Jane Iredale Corrective Colours Kit, $65. MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact in Neutralize, $54. Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, $70.  Stila Correct And Perfect Palette, $71.

Words: Elise Wilson
Photos: Supplied

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