Colour Correcting and How to Not Look Like a Corpse

March 4, 2018svphie

I’m sure you’ve been baffled at least once in your life with why a foundation matches you in nearly all areas of your face except some. And not only does it not match, it makes you look like Frankenstein’s wife. (I know. Bad joke *hangs head in shame* I was trying to be funny). Usually, when areas of your face look grey after wearing concealer or foundation, it’s due to darkness from hyper-pigmentation. Be it from acne, the hereditary melasma around your mouth/upper lip, or lack of sleep (if it’s under your eyes). This might start to drive you crazy (like it did me) but now is not the time to buy a foundation to match the pigmentation and make your face an entirely different colour to the rest of your body. Now is the time to colour correct. Ah, music to my ears.

How colour correcting works:

According to colour theory, whatever is opposite on the colour wheel will cancel/neutralise each other out. Your pigmentation has a purple, blue tinge to it and orange is opposite to it in the colour wheel. The darker in skin colour you are, the more orange/red the corrector will be. Fairer skin tones should use shades similar to salmon or pink.

The Steps to Colour Correct Severe Pigmentation:

  1. Apply corrector in one opaque layer on the pigmented areas. Do not blend out. You do not want the greyness coming through. I use: LA girl orange corrector or the MAC Studio Fix pure orange corrector.
  2. Let it dry for about five minutes. (I usually do my brows at this time) If you apply your concealer too early while the corrector is wet, it mixes with your concealer and becomes orange.
  3. Apply a full coverage foundation/ concealer over this. Because the corrector is so strong in colour, anything that is light or medium in coverage will not cover and the orange will peek through.
  4. Lastly (this step is optional) – sometimes I still feel like the pigmentation shows through. For extra measure I apply a powder foundation very lightly on top. I use MAC studio fix powder foundation.
Please note that this routine is for a full coverage look. Not light, natural makeup.

The Steps to Colour Correct Under the Eyes:

My under eyes are not as dark as my pigmentation, it’s also quite dry (so layers of product will make it look worse). I choose not to go in with an orange colour corrector. Instead, I use a slightly (emphasis on slight) pink/orange concealer that’s my skin shade (but has a different undertone). Interestingly enough, the Tarte Shape Tape concealer in ‘Tan Sand’ has a yellow undertone but oxidises slightly warmer and completes the task at hand perfectly.

What products do you use to colour correct? Do you have any tips and tricks on this topic?

Have a great day!

Sufi

Comments (68)

  • Sabha Mir

    March 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I’m not really a blog person but yours is so educational and loving it so far. I don’t really colour correct but I’m learning so much 😩 Please keep posting! ❤️🙌🏻

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Awww thank you Sabha, that’s made my day! At your service my lady *bows*

  • Shehroon

    March 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I was literally just thinking about colour correcting acne scars yesterday! I never used to scar but now I do and I found that evenafter using an orange coloir corrected (the nyx one), my scars still show through. And now I know why! I need to let it dry!!! Will try this technique out soon and let you know how it works. Thank you so much! ♥️

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Aw awesome! I’m so happy you’ll try it! Let me know how it goes xx

  • Maftuha

    March 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Great tips 👍🏼

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks!

  • Sum

    March 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    This was really helpful! Whenever I use the orange corrector by la girl, it usually turns my foundation orange too, I’ll definitely try to let it sit next time I use it and I hope it works better x

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      I used to always struggle with this too! Hope it works for you xx

  • scunningham._

    March 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for these tips, I’ll be sure to use them for my dark under eyes💕

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Let me know how it goes! xx

  • Sairah

    March 4, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Ooooh interesting, always educating us girrlll! I use the La girl orange corrector but that’s quite orangey so I’ve started using the nip and fab one which is really good! Colour correcting is an everyday thing for me now, I feel like a zombie without it! 😂😂

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Haha all bout that teaching life! I definitely need to try the nip&fab one!

  • Naj🌚💗

    March 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Omgggg you life saver! I was just thinking about how to colour correct😘

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Hehe thank you! Give it a try and let me know how it went! x

  • Farhin

    March 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t usually colour correct, but i’m Going to it give it a shot ☺️☺️

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      If you need it, then definitely do. I usually try to stay away from putting too much product on my face!

  • Samiha

    March 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Hey svphie

    Honestly, I love your page, I’m a recent follower but when I came across your page I just couldn’t stop myself from pressing that follow button.
    Carry on doing what you do, because its helping people like me and don’t let anyone put you down ❤

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Aww thank you! That was such a lovely comment! I hope you enjoy my content xx

  • Momina

    March 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Been using the tip about leaving it on for 5 mins or more even since you posted it on your story that one time. And it’s helped so much. Also, I use the same colour corrector. Tried it with the Ordinary Serum Foundation and for a light weight foundation it has really good coverage and managed to cover the orange really well.

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Aww that’s amazingggggg! I’m so happyyyyyy

  • Box.Beauty_MUA

    March 4, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Girl, this post was such a good read & very insightful. I actually feel like I’ve graduated colour correcting college! 👸👸👸

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      LOL! Need to hand out some certificates now!!

  • Ruhama Rahman

    March 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    thank you for these tips! So helpful!! xx

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      You’re welcome dear xx

  • Alyssa Struve

    March 4, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Love this post. It helps a lot

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you! xx

  • Itsharambanter

    March 4, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    This is great!! 😍

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you xx

  • Iqra

    March 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    So informative, thank you!!

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      You’re most welcome xx

  • Iqra

    March 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you, that was really informative xx

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      You’re welcome xx

  • Shifa

    March 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Very helpful. Thankyou❤

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      You’re most welcome xx

  • _Zeenah

    March 4, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    This post was so helpful! Bookmarked! Definitely will try the products and keep an eye out for more posts.

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Aw yay! Thank you!

  • Sadiyah Islam

    March 4, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I used to use the la girl concealer in orange but it kept peeking through my concealers, even the Kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer 🙁 so I’ve been using the nip and fab one in the shade terracotta and that seems to be just fine 🙂

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Aw yay! I’m hearing a lot about the nip&fab one! Defo need to try it xx

  • Khadiza

    March 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Really clear step by step guide. I have trouble with colour correcting my undereyes but will follow this next time to see if it works!

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Aw yay! Let me know how it goes xx

  • Fazzy

    March 4, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Love this post! I actually use the LA girl orange corrector too for all my dark areas and my undereyes, but what I learnt from this post is not to blend it and wait for it to dry. Never tried that, no wonder my face looks all orange even after I apply foundation. I tried the makeup forever orange corrector in store and loved it as it is less pigmented but found it way too expensive for me or else I would have purchased it. If only they did samples!

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      If only! It’s such a nightmare when stores don’t give samples! Especially as some things can get so pricey *face palm* definitely give it a try and let me know xx

  • afreen

    March 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    loool love the title to this post!l This was informative ive been making mistakes when applying my corrector!! love the blog too xx

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Haha I’m glad I made you smile!

  • Mimi Habib

    March 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve given up on colour correcting as I feel it never works for me with my dry under eyes so I just leave it some things are just meant to be left alone if it’s not working 🙌🏼💕

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      For sure! Especially if you don’t need it!

  • Sumayyah

    March 4, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Girl I couldn’t agree more with what you said! I think people need to understand more about colour theory bc there’s some people in this world colour correcting for the hype and using completely wrong shades, which are not benefitting them. I think this post was really helpful! 😘

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Lol for sure! Some people put the entire rainbow! They definitely don’t need so much!

  • Rahma said

    March 4, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Wow this was really helpful !! I didn’t really know anything about that but you just made it so easy to understand it 🙌🏼Thanks babe

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Aww yay! I’m so glad

  • Ayah

    March 4, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Two words. Teach me

    Purleeeeaassseeee

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Haha.. when I’m worthy of being a teacher for sure

  • Nuha Ahmed

    March 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Such a helpful post 👍 Have always blended so definitely trying this way soon.
    Thankyou x

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Let me know if it works! Tbh if blending works for you, then definitely try it!!

  • Samina

    March 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I use the benefit erase paste, need to try the la girl one! My forehead is darker than the rest of my face, how do I stop that from looking grey? Do I colour correct my whole forehead lol x

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Hmm if you have a darker foundation use that.. however if you can get away with your normal foundation, don’t bother colour correcting! If it’s for a special event and you want your face to be one even tone then yes. I know it’s such a pain *sighs*

  • Dainty.diamond.x

    March 5, 2018 at 3:28 am

    love this! x

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Aamie

    March 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Ocolourbcorrecting genuinely changed my makeup forever – it’s the one step I can’t miss out even on light makeup days. Have you tried the nip fan corrector? I’m looking for something not as heavy or bright orange and wondered if this might be worth trying

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      I’m hearing amazing things about the nip&fab one! I definitely need to try!!

  • Haleemah

    March 5, 2018 at 11:52 am

    finally something that will work for me mine always shows through will deffo try some time jzk❤️❤️

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Yay! I hope it really works!

  • Rushana Ali

    March 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much for covering this! Will come in useful for when I do a full face next time xx

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Aw yay! I’m glad!

  • _tbeautyyyy

    March 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Oooo. Never tried to wait 5 minutes for the corrector to dry! It usually becomes a orange mess under my eyes. Definitely will be trying this. Thankssssssssss sufi 😚

    1. svphie

      March 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Aww yayyy! I hope it works for youuu

  • Chanzkay

    March 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This information is really useful! Thank you xx

    1. svphie

      March 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      You’re most welcome xx

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