What is Color Correcting?

Do you ever wonder why your makeup doesn’t have a flawless finish? You have the perfect foundation, amazing highlight and contour, but some flaws are still noticeable? Color correcting may be the answer for you. Color correcting is done before you apply foundation. If you deal with dark under eye circles, hyperpigmentation, dark spots or redness of the skin, this post is for you! Color correcting varies by skin shade and the flaw that you are trying to cover.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by NYX Cosmetics. I mention them a lot because their products are affordable and this is the brand that I use for color correcting. I would not recommend something that I have never heard of or tried myself.


Color correcting with a green concealer is great if you suffer from redness of the skin. For example if you have a pimple or if you’re one of those people who just naturally has redness in some areas. Red and green are complementary colors, so adding the green to the red stops the redness from showing through your make up. A good green concealer is included in the NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette. This product is available at Ulta and where other NYX products are sold (it may vary depending on your area). If you cannot find it at a physical location, you can always check online. If the shade of green does not work for you try the Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in green. This product may be available at your local drugstore depending on the store’s inventory. If not you can visit Maybelline’s website to order it online.


Pink concealer can be used to cancel out purple under eye circles. This is mostly seen in people who have fair skin. A good product to correct this is also included in the NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette. The shade of pink in this palette is light which is good. If you use a different product make sure the shade of pink is not too bright. That will not correct the purple especially if it is a deep purple.

NYX Color Correcter Palette


Yellow concealer can be used to correct dark circles if you have medium skin tones like olive, tan, etc. The brightness of the yellow counteracts the darkness of the under eye circles. Yellow concealer is available in multiple shades and palettes. Again, I would have to suggest the NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette. NYX has three options for this palette depending on the shade of your skin: light, medium and deep. Only you can determine which specific palette works for you. If it is any help, I use this palette and I have it in deep.


For my women of color, I know you may have heard about using red lipstick to conceal dark blemishes on the skin. I tried the red lipstick and although it did work, this product worked out much better for me. Orange concealer can be used to cover dark marks on the skin for women who have darker skin tones. The brightness of the orange counteracts the dark brown discoloration of the skin. As mentioned above, I use the NYX Conceal Correct Contour Palette in Deep. I deal with dark marks as well and the orange concealer in this palette cancels them out instantly.

NYX Concealer Palette

Applying concealer for color correcting should be done before applying foundation to ensure maximum coverage. To apply the concealer, depending on the packaging, you can use a beauty blender or even your finger! It is totally up to you, just make sure it is blended well. Beauty blenders are sold at any makeup store and now even drugstores, just check the beauty section close to the brushes and other applicators.

I hope this post was helpful for you! If you have something that you want to color correct and it was not mentioned just contact me and I will be happy to help you! You can find all of my social media handles and email address on the contact page.

Stay pretty!


Author: kierstinbeauty

26 | New Orleans | MUA | Blogger

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