I’ve been in the beauty business for quite a while, and still my experience with color correctors was limited to childhood memories of rummaging through my mom’s makeup bag and discovering her Adrien Arpel green color corrector that was used to counteract her every-now-and-then redness from rosacea — It made such a difference when she was experiencing a flare up.
I was recently reminded of this at an event for Algenist’s new makeup launch when a makeup artist at the event used the line’s new color correctors on my skin — I was amazed at the change. She was able to downplay some redness around my nose area and brighten my complexion using very little product and a light touch. I discovered that besides Algenist, there’s been an influx of color correctors at the ready for those who have the need. It’s an easy way to deal with virtually every skin issue you might have without piling on layers of concealer.
To figure out what you need to address your complexion issues, think of the color wheel and choose the exact opposite of what you have. For example, if you have rosacea or acne which shows up as redness, you’ll need to use the opposite color of red on the color wheel which is green to neutralize the redness.
Keep in mind that a little goes a long way and you can always add another sheer layer of product if desired. Use a clean makeup sponge or brush and apply a very light coat before applying your foundation or concealer over the corrector. *You can dampen the sponge first for an even more sheer application.
Algenist Reveal Color Correcting Drops in Green, Pink, Blue and Apricot ($38 each) are skincare and makeup in one. These color correcting serums are formulated with micro algae, alguronic acid, and micro algae oil to instantly color correct, treat skin, and cover imperfections. You can use them alone or add drops of them to your favorite skincare or makeup products. Available for purchase in a set or sold separately. Choose Green Drops for redness, Pink Drops to correct dullness, Blue Drops to diminish sallowness and Apricot Drops for darkness or discoloration.
Sephora Collection Sephora + Pantone Universe Correct + Conceal Palette ($49) contains an assortment of 15 concealer and corrector shades to address everything from dark circles and redness to dullness and hyper pigmentation and can be mixed and matched for perfect coverage and concealment every time. Choose from Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. Each set includes application instructions and tips/tricks from Sephora’s Pro Team.
Stila Correct & Perfect Palette ($45) neutralizes imperfections so you skin looks perfectly even and natural. The palette is made up of 5 build-able color correctors. It has pink to brighten, yellow to neutralize hyper pigmentation, green to play down redness and orange to hide under eye circles and veins. It also has two finishing powders to set creams or use as additional color correction. Apply the yellow to help even out skin tone or use the lavender as a quick fix for sallow skin.
NOTE: Algenist products were provided for review, all other products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.