Colour Correcting 101 - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka
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Colour Correcting 101

A guide to smoothening out blurred lines and prepping your face for full-on glam.

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It’s 2017, and I’m ready to believe that make-up is an art form. If you’re left questioning why, here’s the scoop. Last year brought so many new trends, tricks and tips to the beauty game – baking, sandbagging, coloured lashes, negative spaces, pop art and strobing, to name a few – that make-up has moved past being a tool for looking pretty and turned into an instrument of self-expression. All you have to do is experiment with thousands of colours, patterns and textures to help paint your story (as with art)! Like oil paints and watercolours help you to create the abstract drawing of your dreams, eyeshadow and lip pigments help you portray the wild and crazy personality within.

But before that, you need to have the perfect canvas. We all have imperfections and blemishes on our faces that can make it difficult to experiment with make-up to our hearts’ content. Worry no more! We’ve put together a guide to evening out skin, so that it’s the perfect base on which to build your make-up look for the day.

Here’s a breakdown of the colours that will make you look flawless, effortlessly. It all goes back to the basic colour wheel we learned in Grade 1 (we swear). Here’s a quick refresher.

The wheel is divided into 6 slices: red sits at the top and green at the bottom. Orange and yellow are on the left side, and purple and blue are their direct counterparts on the right. In make-up (and in life), each colour cancels out its counterpart. So green cancels red, orange cancels blue, yellow cancels purple…and vice versa. This is essentially how colour correcting works.


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Use Purple Concealer…

For clearing any unwanted yellow tones. Perfect for battling those pimples that pop up once a month, acne scars or any areas with dull skin, purple concealer is usually applied on the forehead, sides of the face and jawline.

Pro tip: Blend outwards with a damp sponge for best results.

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Use Orange Concealer…

To eliminate any purple or blue-ish tones usually seen under the eyes and on upper cheekbones.

Pro tip: Apply in an upside-down triangle under the eyes and blend downwards.

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Use Yellow Concealer…

To counteract any blue or purple tones under the eyes. It does the same job as the orange concealer, but is more suitable for lighter skin tones, as orange might look, well, too orange on fair skin. As the most commonly used colour for concealing, yellow is always a hit.

Pro tip: Spread any leftover product on the top lid—it works as an awesome primer.

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Use Green Concealer…

To conceal any extreme redness. This colour is mostly used on the tips of the nose and chin, and the apples of cheeks, and if you’re one of those people who gets red rings around the eyes, this concealer will be your lifesaver.

Pro tip: Blend with gentle dabbing motions (you don’t want more red, do you?).


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Use Pink Concealer…

For masking signs of fatigue. Commonly used under the eyes and on the top lids, it cancels out any wrinkles and adds a light glow to your face.

Pro tip: Because soft pink is a neutral shade, you don’t need to do much post-concealing. Avoid layering on foundation; simply set with a little translucent powder and you won’t look cakey under the tropical sun.

Face colour corrected and concealed like a pro? Now you can be your own Picasso every single day, and paint on your look to your heart’s content, without worrying about uneven canvases and imperfect skin.


This article was originally published as ‘Colour Correcting 101’ in the January 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For more beauty tips, grab a copy of our latest magazine.

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