Monday, 2 February 2015

How to: Know Which Corrective Shade to Use

Well now that CC creams are becoming more popular and concealer in all colours of the rainbow are popping up, it is definitely confusing to think about which shade of colour one should use for which area of their complexion. The concealers, meant to be worn under foundation, are able to correct the differences in the tone of your skin from undereye circles to redness, but the right colour must be used for optimal results. So below are some common corrective colours and how and where to use them.

Orange cancels out blue, and should be applied over dark eye circles after late nights. It would also be useful to put over any visible veins.

Yellow cancels out purple, for dark eye circles as well as any bruising.

Blue is the answer to under eye circles for darker skin tones, and can be used as a brightener for dull skin as well. If you are a victim of a tan gone wrong, you'll want to pick up some of this stuff.

Pink can be thought of as the blue for lighter skin tones, with abilities to brighten up dark or dull areas.

Green, the solution to redness, great for anything from acne to rosacea to any other reason your skin is red.

The rule seems to be to look at a colour wheel, and use the colour opposite of the colour of what you are trying to conceal to conceal it. (Hope that sentence was understandable) But like with the blue and the pink, your skin tone will also determine which corrective shades are best, and darker skin tones will mean that darker shades of green and orange should be used while lighter skin tones will require lighter shades for correction. 

I hope this has helped you figure out which shades you might like to try! 

- Genevieve


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  1. This is really helpful! Love the post!

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  3. Hey Genevieve, thanks for the comment on my blog! Just checking yours now and love these beauty posts! They are so helpful, and a new angle to what I have seen before! Thanks for posting it!

  4. This is really useful! I use green for blemishes but I could really do with one for under my eyes!

  5. Hey Genevieve, great post! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award, here's the link:

  6. This is honestly such a helpful post. I always want to try to understand how makeup works and what's a good corrective colour so thanks :)

  7. Oh this is very useful, I've never used CC creams before but this is a good guidance!! Thanks for the share! :) xo~ Lena

  8. Very helpfull post.I use orange corrector to minimize my under eye darkness and apply concealer on top.Love Bobbi Brown corrector.x

  9. This post is amazing! It makes colour correction so straight-forward so thanks for putting this together :). I'll definitely be using this post to remind me what I need!
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days

  10. This has been both informative and helpful - I hadn't realised that yellow cancelled out purple and so was good for under eye dark circles, I'll definitely bear that in mind! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice 


  11. Great post!


  12. This is really informative, I always felt a bit alone not knowing what concealers to use. Will definitely put your tips to good use!


  13. I love this post! So helpful and insightful and fashionable. Great one!

    Jessica |

  14. Brilliant post. It really can be confusing with all the colorful palettes!
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

  15. Amazing post! I only knew about green and redness but it's great knowing all the other correction colours! Thank you for sharing :) x x

  16. I like so much your post, it's really helpful with all the colours we have in this moments!


  17. Thanks for such useful tips :)

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