color correctors

Color correctors are all the rage these days. Next to highlighting, contouring and strobing, color correcting products have taken over beauty shelves. But what is this trend all about? Do you HAVE to color correct? How do you know which color corrector to use? Well, I’m here to help you out!

The thing you have to understand about color correcting is that is all based on the color wheel. That’s right. Those primary colors we learned how to mix in kindergarten is the key to color correcting today. Let’s take a quick look at the color wheel below.

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Pick a color on the color wheel. The color directly across from it on the wheel is the color that cancels it out. For example, the opposite of blue is orange, so orange would cancel out blue. Get it?

How does this all come in to play for brown girls? In my opinion, there are only two shades of color correctors that us brown girls need to concern ourselves with: orange and green. Green because it cancels out the redness of pimples and other irritation, and orange because it cancels out the blueness of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. That’s right, those dark spots are actually blue! So, how to you apply color correctors? First, I apply the color corrector to my area(s) of concern, gently pat in with my finger or a brush, then carefully apply my foundation and/or concealer over it. It’s pretty simple!

So now that we know which colors we should be looking for and how to apply them, lets talk about some of my favorite color correctors. The two I keep in my stash are the L.A.Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Orange and the BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach. I don’t reach for my green color corrector often, as I’ve been lucky enough to not get many pimples (knock on wood!).

Here’s what I like about each corrector:

LA Girl Pro Conceal

  • Very affordable at $5 (or less at beauty supply stores)
  • Opaque, full coverage
  • easy to find on the ground

BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector

  • Peach color is very natural on skin
  • Lightweight feel on skin
  • Provides an almost luminous effect to the skin

They’re both great products, but I think it really comes down to two things: price (the BECCA is $30) and coverage/feel. The LA Girl gives far fuller coverage, but the BECCA feels lighter and more breathable on the skin. I use them both, but I find myself reaching for the LA Girl more often, to be perfectly honest, as I’ve got a really stubborn dark spot on my cheek. The BECCA is great for larger areas of discoloration, like around the mouth, where most women of color tend to be darker.

Bottom line, you can’t go wrong with either product, but I suggest trying it out for $5 to see if color correcting is even for you. Have you tried color correcting? Will you try it out now? Share in the comments!