We’ve all seen the products when shopping for makeup: Color correctors in green, purple or orange that we put on our face to help make blemishes, red splotches and dark circles disappear.
But how do they work? How do we not end up looking like a clown when we dot those incongruous colors on our skin? It’s science!
Specifically, it’s color theory.
What is color theory?
You may remember seeing a color wheel some time in your life identifying the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. According to color theory, certain colors have the ability to cancel each other out, or neutralize their intensity.
Think about it, add green paint to red paint and you have a neutral brown. The same with yellow and purple or blue and orange. The intensity of the color is removed when you blend or mix the shades.
What is color correction?
According to Rick DiCecca, creative director of makeup design for Artistry™ NA , the same thing happens when you blend the colors on your face. Add a green color corrector to any facial redness, and it disappears.
The same goes for using a lavender corrector to neutralize and brighten a sallow complexion and a peach color corrector to cover and neutralize under eye darkness or any skin discolorations. The intensity of the color corrector is removed when you use it to camouflage the imperfections, he said.
“Most times, when you put foundation on top of something that is red, especially something that is raised or quite red, it will show through,” Rick said. “The combination of the green and the red, when they’re put together, it’s kind of an optical illusion. It neutralizes it and makes it seem to disappear. Then you put foundation on top of that.”
That’s why it’s called color correcting instead of concealing, he said.
What color corrector do I use?
So, how do you choose what to use where? Rick said it depends on your goals and your skin tone as I mentioned above.
- Green is for any redness, like blemishes, broken capillaries or rosacea.
- Lavender is used to brighten the skin, often on eyelids or areas where you feel your skin is dull, such as on top of your cheek bones or around your mouth.
- Peach works to neutralize under eye darkness and other facial discoloration, such as hyperpigmentation, spots, etc.
The Artistry Studio™ Correct & Perfect Face Compact comes in five combinations of color correctors and foundations to meet the different needs of skin tones from light to deep.
Rick said the compacts are a key part of the Artistry Studio™ Tokyo Edition.
“Tokyo is all about having ‘kawaii’ skin, which translates to cute, but also young and fresh and bright and luminous, and that’s what these products do,” he said. “And the foundation formula in the compact really has very little pigment. It has other ingredients that blur the imperfections and make the skin seem to appear perfect.”
How to apply color corrector
It’s important to use a light touch when applying color correctors because a little goes a long way, Rick said.
“I would apply them with the Artistry concealer brush or your fingertip, especially if you’re on the go,” he said. But he also said to make some time to experiment and see what works.
“The amount that you’re going to use really is predicated on the texture of your skin and how well you’ve prepared your skin,” he said. “If your skin is really dry, these primers might show up cakey. That’s why it’s important to make sure the skin is clean, exfoliated and well hydrated.”