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Colour correcting your skin can look complicated, extensive and a little scary, especially when Instagram videos show people applying all the colours under the rainbow all over the face in intricate patterns and looking flawless at the end of it. But colour correcting doesn’t have to be difficult or scary and can make your base look so much smoother and all one tone. That’s why I decided to write a simple guide to colour correcting for the average person or beginner!


All you need (other than a colour correcting product ) is a colour wheel. Once you start remembering the colours of a colour wheel, colour correcting becomes so much easier. All colour correcting does is cancel out tones in your skin you’d like to hide by using the opposite colour to conceal them. If you look at the colour wheel above, you can see that red is opposite green, which is why we use green colour corrector to hide redness. Below is the colours that are commonly found in colouring correcting concealer palettes and what they cancel out.

Green helps with redness (the shade of green depends on your skintone)
Yellow neutralises and helps with purple-toned things like bruises and dark circles
Lavender cancels out yellowness
Orange is good at hiding blemishes on deeper skin tones and blue dark circles
Pink and peach brightens and can hide veins and blue-green dark circles


You can get single pots or tubes of colour correcting concealer if you only have one common issue (instead of having an unused palette). You can also buy colour correcting primers to tackle a larger issue such as Rosacea. Personally, I like the Revolution Camouflage Corrector Palette, which is £8, but there’s so many different ones to suit any budget, from the cheapest drugstore tubes to the high end palettes.

Apply your colour corrector shades over your primer, but before foundation. Once you’ve applied your colour corrector (with a brush or your finger, whatever’s easier) you can blend it out using a brush, fingers or a beauty sponge, followed by your usual foundation and concealer routine. You can’t wear colour corrector on its own without wearing foundation and/or concealer on top as it’ll look a bit funny!


This is where I colour correct. As you may be able to tell, I suffer with hormonal jawline acne, so the green colour corrector is the shade that gets the most use. I then disguise my under eye circles with some peachy-pink and yellow mixed together. Occasionally I’ll use a lavender colour to hide any yellowness but it’s a rarity.

Below is a video version of this post so you can see how I colour correct easily! Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you enjoyed it.

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