2016, The Year of Color Correcting | What is Color Correcting?

There’s no argument that 2015 was all about contouring. This year’s face trend is clearly color correcting since every brand seems to be getting in on it. What is color correcting? It’s the art of using certain colors to cancel out unwanted colors on the face. Put simply, it goes back to color-wheelelementary art school; the good ‘ol color wheel. At an early age we’re taught about complementary colors, colors that are directly across from each other on the wheel and therefore go well together. In the makeup world, we use these complementary colors to neutralize unwanted colors on the face. 

Redness: Red is directly across from green, so green tinted concealers will neutralize redness on the face (like that emerging blemish).

Dark under-eye circles: Dark under-eye circles are a blend of blues, violets and greens, which is why peach/salmon tinted concealers (basically a blend of red, orange and yellows) are best for canceling them out.

Dull, Yellow Undertone: Yellow is directly across from violet, which is why lavender concealers are used to give those with overly yellow undertone a beautiful glow.

Bruising, veins and lighter under-eye circles: Yellow concealers help combat a myriad of discolorations, which is why it’s one of the more commonly used shades. I’m sure you all remember the budding trend in 2015 of banana powder under the eyes. This was just a tease of what was coming our way in 2016.

While it’s a well-known practice among makeup artists, it’s not something that the everyday person was doing because it wasn’t accessible. The mainstream, household brands weren’t talking about it so the consumer wasn’t buying it. This year we’re seeing a shift. Various brands have begun releasing their line of color-correcting products, which I will highlight in the next two posts.

What are your thoughts on this trend? Should I do a video on it? Comment below.

There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Marlene at 7:07 pm

    I love to color correct my under eye!! I use the Nyx salmon toned corrector. At first I thought it was dry and made my under eyes look Cakey, but I added a few drops of my beauty oil and mixed it in and I love it now!! I also want to try the MAC orange corrector, but that one looks super orange😳

  2. Krista Butler at 7:08 pm

    The only color correcting I’ve ever done is with Benefit Erase Paste for under eye darkness. I guess I’m going to learn a lot of new stuff with this trend.

  3. Mabel Medrano at 8:28 pm

    yes! video please! I use the sephora corrector, the darker orange one, for my under eye circles which but like Marlene i find it drying and cakey, I dont own any beauty oils any other suggestions to make it work?

    Ive never tried to use a green corrector for the redness I have on my cheeks, so that would be nice to see done 🙂

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