Thanks to Instagram, we've been introduced to a bunch of different beauty trends (non-touring and strobing, anyone?). And while we'll leave the clown contouring and baking to the pros, there is one big 2016 beauty trend we're willing to get behind: colour correcting.
Colour correcting is essentially using different concealer shades to neutralize or camouflage skin imperfections. It's based on "colour harmony" principles wherein opposite colour hues cancel each other out.
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But colour correcting isn't anything new — it's a technique that's been used by makeup artists and beauty pros for quite some time now. However, it's now making its way into the mass market at a much grander scale.
According to Adi Lando, Sephora's Pro Lead in Canada, colour correcting is a quick, extra step to "ensure a flawless, even skin tone."
"Colour correcting products are designed to pinpoint and neutralize common skin imperfections such as blemishes, discoloration, hyper pigmentation, and dark circles, in order to better prep your skin for a concealer," Lando told HuffPost Canda Style via email. "When using a concealer to cover a blemish, for example, the redness surrounding the blemish might still show through the concealer, because the base colour has not been neutralized to match that of the rest of the skin.
"By prepping with a colour corrector, you are ensuring that you are starting with an even base, and that your foundation and concealer can do their jobs more effectively."
If you're looking to camouflage redness or blemishes, opt for a green colour corrector. Yellow is great for combating a dull complexion, while purple counteracts the sallowness of the skin. And if you're looking to brighten up your skin, opt for peaches and pinks if you have a lighter skin tone, or caramel shades to conceal hyperpigmentation and combat dark spots on darker skin tones.
It's important to note, however, that colour correcting products are not specifically designed to fix the problems long-term. (If you are looking for a long-term fix, Lando recommends Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream to even out dark spots and hyperpigmentation, or Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask, which uses ingredients like sugar, rose hips, and pomegranate seeds to polish dead, dull skin and naturally brighten and boost radiance.)
If you want to try colour correcting, simply use the proper colour corrector that suits your needs (ie. redness or dull complexion) and apply to the target area. Once you're done, continue on with the rest of your makeup routine as you normally would.
Ready to try out the trend? Check out our fave colour correcting products below:
Rather than buying several different products to correct and conceal, Sephora has made it easy with this Sephora + PANTONE Universe Correct + Conceal Palette. The kit features 15 concealer and corrector shades to target everything from dark circles to redness and hyperpigmentation. Both of the two palettes are organized for three different skin tones, which is especially great for the summer when you get more tan. And the best part? It comes with a handy booklet with application instructions from the Sephora Pro team. $61. Available at Sephora.
Similar to the Sephora palette, Tarte's version features numbered shades and a coordinating visual guide to make colour correcting and concealing easy. Bonus: You can use the darker shades for contouring. $54. Available at Sephora.
What sets Stila's colour correcting palette apart from others is that it features cream and powder formulas. The two finishing powders not only even out the skin tone and set the correcting creams, but they also minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while hydrating and providing oil control. $59. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and beautyBOUTIQUE.ca.
If you're not ready to shell out that much cash on a colour correcting palette, try NYX's version. It's a fan-fave and will only set you back $14! $14. Available at nyxcosmetics.ca.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick is perfect for girls on the go, as each compact stick comes in formulated shade filters in marbleized dual hues for easy colour correcting: Bright Now to eliminate dullness, Co(vert) Affairs to neutralize redness, and Getting Warmer to conceal hyperpigmentation and cancel out dark circles. $45 each. Available at Sephora.
If you prefer a creamy concealer-type formula, try Sephora Collection's Bright Future Color Correctors. It comes in five shades (green, yellow, peach, pink and melon), and has a gel-serum formula that is light and buildable. These are best for using on the under-eye area, blemishes and areas around the nose and mouth. $18 each. Available at Sephora.
Urban Decay also has a cream concealer-type version as part of its "Naked Skin" line. It's lightweight and blends easily for nice, even application. Urban Decay's version also features one more colour (purple) than the Sephora Collection selection. $35 each. Available at Sephora.
If you're crazy about cushion compacts, you'll love Lancome's Miracle CC Cushion Colour Correcting Primer. Available in four shades (purple, green, peach and yellow), this formula features pine extract to lighten up irregular skin tones and gradually reduces discolouration and spots through its skin renewing properties. In short, it will actually help correct, unlike most colour correcting products on the market. It's also great for soothing inflammation-induced discolouration as it cools the skin by 2.3°C immediately upon application. $45 each. Available at Lancome counters nationwide and lancome.ca.
Those with darker skin tones looking for colour correction should try BECCA Cosmetics' Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in "Papaya" or "Peach." They'll neutralize your complexion and add some luminosity to blur the look of imperfections. It's also available in "Violet" and "Pistachio" for lighter skin tones in need of colour correcting. $34. Available at Sephora.
These creamy sticks from Smashbox are perfect for popping in your bag when you're on the go and in need of a touch up. The rounded pencil point makes application super easy, and you can also use it wet or dry, depending on your needs. $24 each. Available in four shades at Sephora.