Updated: Nov 19, 2021
The idea of color correcting isn’t new, but what you know about it isn’t correct.
Color correction as we know it is designed to benefit the beauty industry… not give you the correction you’re looking for! If you were truly “correcting”, you wouldn’t need layer after layer of products, right? What you’re most likely doing with your products right now is color filling.
But, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. To truly understand the difference between color correcting and color filling, let’s start with the basics.
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What is Color Correcting?
Color correcting is a method of using cosmetic products in complementary colors to cancel out the look of skin discoloration like dark circles under the eyes, spots, or redness. There are a few standard sets of colors that allow a simple mix and match to eliminate most discoloration.
Here’s a quick color guide:
Green: neutralizes or eliminates redness
Orange: washes out dark circles and spots
Yellow: neutralizes grays and purples (like veins or skin dullness)
Red: conceals dark circles and spots on deeper skin tones
Once you’ve applied the color that’s intended to “correct” whatever specific problem you are having, the next step is usually to layer on foundation and concealer to complete the look.
This is where I argue that the method shifts focus from color correcting to color filling.
Color filling is designed to make you wear more product. It brings you to a neutral point which then requires additional layers of makeup. So, you really haven’t corrected anything at all -- you’ve just filled in and then buried the spots you didn’t like.
While this method might work for some, my argument is that there is a better way; a way that enhances natural beauty, leaves you with light feeling skin, and saves you from having to buy multitudes of different products.
The Better Way to Color Correct
What you need instead is a true color correcting palette that doesn’t need to be layered with any additional products. A true color correcting palette can completely replace your blush, bronzers, shadows, and everything in between.
And you don’t even have to do your whole face -- that’s the beauty of foundation alternatives that leave your skin feeling lighter and that provide a natural glow. Instead, you can choose from a variety of basic filtering systems specifically designed to target whatever you’re looking to correct -- acne, discoloration under your eyes, redness, or anything else you’re experiencing.
If you’re nervous about ditching your usual makeup routine, don’t worry. You don’t have to throw out your cosmetics bag and start over.
Instead, start simple. Use a few mini-filters to neutralize your under eye shadows while you continue to use your other makeup. I guarantee you’ll immediately see a difference that proves you don’t need all those other layers of product.
How to Shop For a Color Solving System
To start outsmarting the beauty industry, you have to know what to look for when you’re seeking out color correctors. Don’t just buy any product; make sure it’s actually going to correct what you want it to correct!
There are a few standards you should live by when you’re shopping for a color solving system.
1) Pay attention to the colors
Look for true and vibrant colors. Vibrancy has a lot to do with the cost of the palette, so while it’s a little bit more of an investment, true colors are more likely to accomplish what you’re looking for. Don’t waste your money on dull colors that will leave you needing to layer on more product!
2) Texture is important
The actual formula of the product should never be greasy! Instead, you want a product that feels light and effortless on your skin. The idea of color correcting should be to eliminate layers of product, not leave you feeling weighed down.
3) Get color matched
Most importantly, make sure you’re buying the right colors for your skin tone! No product will correct properly if it isn’t the right color for you. If you already know your colors, you can even put together a custom palette so you’ll always have what you need at your fingertips. If you don’t know your colors, then it’s time to get color matched.
Do You Need to Get Color Matched?
Yes! Everyone should get color matched to ensure they’re buying the right products. There’s absolutely no reason to throw away your hard-earned money on products that don’t work for you.
Getting color matches is as easy as filling out this form. It only takes two minutes and within 24 hours, I’ll provide you with an expert shade match -- completely free. That way you can start using less product to feel even more beautiful by color correcting instead of color filling.
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