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A very growing element in the makeup industry yet I still feel like its very underrated. In this post I will be explaining as much as I can about colour correcting, why its so important and how its done.
Before we get into colour correcting in makeup, I want you to analyse the image above. Look at each colour and the colour straight opposite.
RED ----> GREEN
BLUE ----> ORANGE
PURPLE ----> YELLOW
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Our skin isn't perfect, different parts of our face (and body) have different colours, undertones and discolouration caused naturally.
Image source MAC Face Chart
Why is there discolouration under our eyes?
There are so many causes of under eye discolouration but I will be listing the main 2 since they are the most common.
Yes, the most common cause and I am one of those unfortunate people. Its just something part of you, your mother, father and your children and their children, its inevitable. Unfortunately there isn't a cure for it but you can maintain or decrease its opacity by looking after the under eye. This could be done in simple ways such as avoiding to much sun exposure, keeping it hydrated with serums and creams and avoid pulling at your eye when in the process of skincare or removing makeup.
The veins under our eyes...
The skin under the eye is so thin, its almost transparent. Thats why it gives a blueish, purplish hue from the veins and blood vessels under the eyes, once again incurable but maintenance is very important. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner reports that “As we get older, we lose subcutaneous fat, which can mask blueness below the surface of the skin,”. That's why its so important to maintain and always look after the skin especially around the eyes. It's the sensitive & delicate.
So what do we use to correct our under eyes?
Looking back at the colour chart in the beginning of this post, the colours opposite to blue-purple is yellow-orange so inorder to counteract the cool tones of the blue, we need to apply a warmer shade of yellow-orange. Keeping in mind, each skin tone needs a different tone of orange.
If you use a bright orange concealer on fair skin, it will show as orange no matter how much concealer is used to cover it up which defeats the purpose of covering up the discolouration.
Fair skin --->Pale Salmon Shade
Light skin ---> Salmon
Medium skin ---> Orange - Salmon
Olive skin ---> Lighter Shade of Orange
Medium dark ---> Medium Shade Orange
Dark skin ---> Pure Orange
In conclusion, the lighter the skin, the light orange tone and the darker the skin the darker the orange tone of concealer.
Here is a diagram I made from the MAC face charts to make the idea alot more understandable.
Of course there is a much more variety of skin tones , but this diagram will give you just a general idea of what different tones require. This technique isn't only for dark under eyes but for pigmentation and dark spots around the face (more common on deeper skin tones)
Acne, rashes, red cheeks etc
Moreover, red spots or patches are also very common, This can be caused by acne, rash, agzima, or just naturally red cheeks.
Now it is best not to apply any products when dealing with a skin issue but some face discolouration very commonly. Naturally very RED cheeks or flushed cheeks is very common especially on lighter skin tones.
Commonly where red appears
Back to the colours chart, the opposite of RED is GREEN. Applying a green toned concealer to the problem areas is what will help counterbalance the pigmentation and redness on the face.
Usually everyone experiences dull skin. It caused by either a lack of hydration in the body or commonly when one is sick. A little tip or technique to bring back the light and reflection to the skin is used a purple toned concealer or primer before the application of concaler and foundation.
There is no specific area to apply the LILAC shade. Its best to use a LILAC PRIMER instead of concealer to avoid a thicker layer which will lead to cakeyness.
Spread a pea drop amount and massage for 20-30 seconds before starting makeup application is the way to go.
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That’s the end of the post! Just a disclaimer, not everything I post and products I mention will work for you. I post whatever I personally know, tried and tested and I give my honest opinion. For any questions or inquires don’t forget to comment down below!
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