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Fix Dark Circles and Hyper-Pigmentation: Color Correcting

Fix Dark Circles and Hyper-Pigmentation: Color Correcting

Let's Fix Those Spots: Color Correcting!

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today I wanted to take the time to talk about some of the skin concerns women of color tend to suffer from: dark circles, hyper-pigmentation, acne scarring, discoloration, and redness. For me, personally, I have been plagued with dark circles almost all my life and it is ALWAYS a struggle. At times they are better, and at times they are worse. When concealing I always have to hit my under eyes a lot, and I know that other women have this as well as other problem areas. 

Women of color tend to get more discoloration and one of the best ways to counter this is with color correcting. If you are not familiar with color correcting let me explain: it is a fairly easy concept and is based of the colors and their opposites. The picture below of the color wheel will help visualize the colors and their opposites:

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Here it is really easy to see how the colors work when it comes to color correcting. For example if you have redness on the skin you will use green to cancel it out. If you want to cancel out blue you would use orange and so on. This color wheel is very important when it comes to color correcting in makeup. 

Correct Dark Circles:

First determine what type of color correction you need. If you are light to tan skin a peach colored correcter will work very well on your skin. If you have deep to dark deep skin then consider using a red correcter. Make sure that you apply the corrected lightly and layer it slowly (especially when you first apply). Using a peach, or red, in combination with a yellow correcter (or concealer) you will achieve some pretty bright eyes and cover up your darkness. You can also use a peach color on any type of bruising. I suggest finding a concealer that has peach undertones.


Correct Redness:

The color green is a great way to counter redness of the skin. Some of us deal with acne or some serious rosacea that leaves us looking red in the face. In order to correct these marks use green and dab it on to the spots that have redness. Once you apply your foundation on top of the color correcting that you have done. Make sure to lightly pat in foundation using a makeup sponge instead of your hands or a brush. 


Fix Sallow Skin:

Sallow skin is marked by a tint on the skin that can make the skin look "off". By off I mean it can make you look sickly or older than you really are. An example of sallow skin is a yellow tint on certain parts of the face, like the forehead or certain parts of the cheeks. Sallow skin often makes the person look tired. To counteract this use a purple color correcter. You can also look for certain products that have some shades of purple to brighten the appearance of skin, such as sunscreen or primer. 


Increase Brightness:

We've seen the Kardashians and many celebrities of colors with bright banana colored powder for their face during their makeup sessions, but why? Yellow increases brightness and is great to bring more light to the face. You can use it under the eyes, forehead, chin, and nose. I would not suggest going out and buying a specific yellow correcter as it seems unnecessary when there are so many concealers on the market. Picking up a concealer with a yellow tint will give the same effect, or even using a yellow based powder instead. 


Color Correcting Recap:

A quick way to know what colors to use for what concern:

  • Peach/Red: covers dark spots, acne scarring, and pigmentation of the skin
  • Green: offset redness in the skin
  • Purple: brighten up skin tone and counteract sallowness 
  • Yellow: brighten face by bringing more light and covering up dark spots 



My Personal Tips:

  • Only buy one actual color correcting product--the green one IF you have redness

  • Have two concealers: one that is more yellow based and one that is more peach based. Use both for covering up spots and dark circles for a perfectly even tone

  • Instead of buying a purple correcter look for face products that have a slight purple tint in the sunscreen or primer 

  • Apply color correcting or concealers in thin layers

  • Use a sponge to apply foundation on top of color correcting. Color correcters, or concealers, are thicker than foundation and will move if you use your hands or a brush. A sponge will be soft and easy to use

I will make more series focusing on skin concerns and dedicate an entire one only on under eye treatment as well as other suggestions that many of you have made! I hope this post was helpful! For a visualization of what i just said, here is a video:


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