The Proper Way to Color-Correct Your Skin

Although it’s damn near impossible to wake up flawless like Beyoncé on the regular, it is possible to get pro concealing tips from her makeup artist (who’s also a L’Oréal ambassador) Sir John, so you can achieve her #SkinGoals with a little effort. In his opinion, the key to concealing your skin properly relies on identifying these three things: (1) where you need to correct (under-eye area, around your nose, eyes); (2) what you need to correct (dark shadows, yellow tones, redness); and (3) the proper shades you need to use to get the job done. The handy chart below addresses the latter.

As far as figuring out where and what you need to correct, look at yourself in the mirror near natural light. “If you don’t, your look can go awry very easily and your skin can look too light in areas — that or the colors from the correctors can even be visible through your foundation if you use the wrong shades,” he says.

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BUY NOW Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color-Correcting Palette, TARTE (available at Sephora), 

BUY NOW Correct and Perfect All-in-One Color-Correcting Palette, STILA,

BUY NOW Pro Color Ring, MEHRON, 

BUY NOW Color-Correcting Concealer, NYX, 

BUY NOW Sephora + Pantone Universe Correct + Conceal Palette, SEPHORA COLLECTION,

To apply color correctors like a boss, Sir John offers up this advice: Apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer first, that way you don’t have to use as much of the color correctors as you would if you put them on your makeup-free face. “Also, you’re not covering a tattoo or a bruise when color correcting, these are just shadows you’re covering,” he says. “So apply them lightly by patting them on with your clean fingertip, so the warmth of your skin helps them blend into your complexion.” Lastly, you want to make sure you’re using the right version of the color-correcting shade.

For example, if you have fair skin, you’ll most likely be using the palest colors of the shade range when it comes to pinks, yellows, greens, and purples. If you have medium to olive skin, the color-correcting shades will also most likely be a touch darker than the pastel versions that, say, fair-skinned folks would use. And for deeper skin tones, where someone with pale skin would use light pink under their eyes, a darker-skinned person would use a more orangey peach hue; the same rule goes for the greens, yellows, and purples you might use. To give you a visual…

For fair skin like Emma’s:

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Use a pale pink under your eyes and around your mouth to cancel out dark shadows — try Primer in “Rose,” YSL, . Use a pale green around the nostrils and chin to nix redness — try Color Correcting Fluid in “Green,” URBAN DECAY,  — and a lilac color corrector on cheeks to neutralize any yellow tones, like CC Primer in “Purple”, LANCÔME, .

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For medium skin like Heeseung’s:

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Dot a peach-colored formula under your eyes, like Skin Beautifier Anti-Fatigue BB Cream, L’ORÉAL PARIS, . Cancel redness on your cheeks, around the nose, and on the chin with a medium-shade green color corrector, like Correcting Stick in “Green,” CITY COLOR,. Erase yellow tones on your forehead and jawline withTargeted Correcting Cream in “Violet,”BECCA, and conceal darkness around your mouth with a brightening pale yellow, like Primer in “Radiant Primer Yellow,” MAKE UP FOR EVER,

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For dark skin like Maya’s:

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Use a lavender around your nose to cancel out any yellow with Color Correcting Concealer in “Purple,” NYX, . Dab a light green along the tops of your brows, down your nose, and on the sides of your mouth using YSL Color Corrector in “Green,”, and eliminate dark shadows with a deep shade of peach, found in the Double Duty Beauty Color Your World Color-Correcting Palette in “Orange,” TARTE,.

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Pink to Peach to Orange Color Correctors:

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BUY NOW CC Primer in “Pinky Peach,” LANCÔME,

BUY NOW Skin Beautifier Anti-Fatigue BB Cream, L’ORÉAL

BUY NOW Color Correcting Fluid in “Pink,” URBAN DECAY, 

BUY NOW Primer in “Cool Pink,” MAKE UP FOR EVER

BUY NOW Color Corrector in “Violet,” YSL, 

BUY NOW Cover Stick in “Bright Now,” MARC JACOBS

Yellow Color Correctors:

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BUY NOW Cover Stick in “Covert Affairs,” MARC JACOBS,

BUY NOW Correcting Stick in Yellow, CITY COLOR,

BUY NOW Primer in “Radiant Primer Yellow,” MAKE UP FOR EVER, 

BUY NOW CC Primer in “Yellow,” LANCÔME, 

BUY NOW Color Correcting Fluid in “Yellow,” URBAN DECAY, 

Pale and Mint Green Color Correctors:

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BUY NOW CC Primer in “Green” LANCÔME, 

BUY NOW Color Corrector in “Green,” YSL,

BUY NOW Targeted Correcting Cream in “Pistachio,” BECCA,

BUY NOW Cover Stick in “Covert Affairs,” MARC JACOBS, 

BUY NOW Primer in “Redness Correcting Primer” MAKE UP FOR EVER, 

BUY NOW Color Correcting Fluid in “Green,” URBAN DECAY, 

Lilac and Lavender Color Correctors:

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BUY NOW Color Correcting Fluid in “Lavender,” URBAN DECAY, $28

BUY NOW Color Corrector in “Violet,” YSL,

BUY NOW Backlight Colour Correcting Crème in “Violet,” 

BUY NOW Primer in “Radiant PrimerBlue,” MAKE UP FOR EVER, 

BUY NOW Primer in “Lavender,” YSL, 

BUY NOW CC Primer in “Purple,” LANCÔME,

Source: Cosmo

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