The Key to Color Correction

Do you remember in elementary school learning about the color wheel in art class? If you’re not in the art field you may think the color wheel is useless to your everyday life. However, knowing the color wheel is essential for choosing the right makeup. Whether it is redness, dark circles, or dark spots, people struggle every day to conceal these unwanted pigments on their face. Every color on the wheel has a complementary color. This means that when the complementary colors are mixed together, they cancel each other out neutralizing the undesired pigment.

color wheel

When looking at the wheel, the color that you want to conceal has its complementary color directly across from it. For example, if you have redness on your cheeks you want to use a green based makeup. Color correction can be used for mild to extreme cases of face discoloration. Mild cases only need a light amount of pigmented concealer, where as more extreme cases need a heavier amount. Color correction can be made simple by memorizing these simple guidelines

  1. Green based makeup corrects extreme redness such as
  • Birth marks
  • Overly Red cheeks
  • Rash
  • Acne

2.  Yellow based makeup corrects mild red and pink tones such as

  • Rosacea
  • Broken capillaries
  • Sensitivity
  • Inheritance

3. Pink based makeup corrects yellow and mild green hues such as

  • Sallow skin
  • Overly olive skin

4. Orange corrects blue hues such as

  • Dark circles under the eye
  • Dark spots caused by sun damage
  • Dark spots cause by aging

5. Violet and blue corrects yellow and orange hues such as

  • Dark spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Spray tans