Truth – I don’t know how I feel about the term “color correcting.” Does it feed into the idea that there is a “correct” way skin should be, and that we can only achieve having “correct” skin if we layer our skin with product after product? I’m still working on unraveling how I feel about this term, but I will say, I love the products.
What are color correctors for?
Color correctors help neutralize any discoloration. This includes hyperpigmentation, grayness under eyes, age spots, redness, acne – basically anything that changes the COLOR of your skin. Many of these can be treated with chemicals and lasers, but sometimes that takes time – and many are not interested in going through treatments for various reasons.
Many color correctors are superficial, meaning that they work for when you have them on, and you wash them off with your make up – they don’t change or treat your skin at all. I do use this type of color corrector under my concealer when I’m dressing up – but we will get into that later.
How do I choose my color corrector?
If you type this question into a search engine, links to different YouTube videos will pop up – you can go down that rabbit hole if you want to – but in true Devika style – I’m going to simplify this for you.
One of the first things we learn about in art is the color wheel – y’all remember this?
The basic idea behind color correcting is that you use the complimentary color (the color opposite the color on the color wheel) to neutralize the discoloration. If you are wondering “what color corrector should I use?” Here is a simple and quick guide:
To neutralize any yellowness on your skin, use a purple color corrector such as this NYX studio perfect primer in lavender.
*** I suggest this $13 primer as a starting point. While NYX is a cruelty free brand, it is not chemical free/in the ”clean beauty” category we try to stick to. If you do decide you like using a purple color corrector, I suggest the Dragon Beauty Color corrector in lavender – it’s a little pricier, but a little goes a long way with a product like this.
To neutralize any grayness on your skin, this usually happens under eyes, reach for a yellow -> orange -> red color corrector, depending on your skin tone. My favorite color corrector to use under my concealer is the Live Tinted hue stick in RISE.
To brighten up pale or dull skin try a Pink color corrector such as the option in the NYX color correcting pallet.
Yellow is the most popular and versatile color corrector for people with lighter skin, yellow concealers cancel purple tones and neutralizes mild to moderate redness. To try this color out, I would again suggest the NYX color correcting pallet. Many times your concealer will have enough yellow in it so that you don’t need to have the added step of a color corrector.
If you are trying to neutralize redness in your skin- my tried and true – permanent home on my shelf product is the Dr. Jart Cicapher Tiger Grass cream. What sets this apart from other color correctors is that this is a treatment – it helps your skin actually neutralize this discoloration from within as well as covers up any redness. When I was using this product twice a day, every day – this product lived up to every one of it’s promises.
Overwhelmed yet? Here’s a summary:
At Devi Collective, we love all things beauty related, but are constantly working on unraveling why and how certain things are set in our minds as standards. We are now going to switch the wording from color “correcting” to “neutralizing.”
If you want to try out color neutralizers to see if it’s a step you want to add to your regimen, I would suggest trying this NYX pallet.
To neutralize dark skin under your eyes and hyperpigmentation, I suggest (and I use) the Live Tinted Huestick in RISE. This brand does have other color correctors in different shades as well, but I’ve found RISE to be the most versatile.
I would love to hear from all of you that try these products, send us a DM and let us know what worked for you!