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Uneven skin tone, acne scars, pigmentation, dark circles--sound familiar? A game-changing step in your make-up regime, adding a spot corrector can help reinvent your look. Let’s start with what colour correction is. In theory, opposite colours can help cancel each other out. Most correcting concealers and palettes come in a lavender, green, yellow and orange. A thorough application can erase your imperfections, evening out your skin tone. Think of it as photoshop, using make-up!
Here’s a quick how-to on selecting the corrector that’s perfect for you:
A yellow corrector is basically the most common concealer. Most of us tend to use a yellow-toned concealer on top of our foundation. It specifically helps cancel out any purple or bluish undertones on your skin. Use it to brighten up under-eyes and double it up as an eyeshadow primer.
An orange, salmon or peach concealer works like magic on those pesky dark circles. Pick a shade based on your skin tone. Orange works for people with a dark complexion, peach for medium complexion and light salmon for people with fair complexion.
A green corrector works really well on anything red - pimples, blemishes and redness from sensitivity too.
A swipe of lavender helps brighten dull and sallow-looking skin.
These are some of our favourite tools for spot correcting.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD - Orange
The L.A Girl HD Concealer in the shade orange is perfect to cover up those deep, dark circles and pigmentation patches. You need only the teensiest amount, keep in mind that a little goes a very, very long way! If this is too dark for you, mix a teensy bit of it in your regular concealer and dab away.
Freedom Pro HD Longwear Corrector - Green
The Freedom Pro HD corrector is a creamy, mint green shade that works perfectly for covering up redness, acne and blemishes. Apply it with a clean brush directly onto the blemishes. Give it some time to set before you apply foundation over it.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick - Don't Be Dull
The stick applicator makes colour correcting as easy as scribbling! Use the pen to dot the concealer on areas where you need it the most and use your fingers to blend.
L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD - Yellow Corrector
The yellow corrector is multi-purpose, versatile and great for highlighting dull areas of your face. You can use it under your eyes, on your eyelid and on the bridge of your nose to make that highlight pop!
NYX Professional Makeup Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette
If you’re an all-in-one kinda gal or have a lot of skin troubles to fix, this NYX palette is for you! It has in it all the correctors you’ll ever need and an amazing contour shade too!
Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste Brightening Concealer
The Benefit Erase Paste in Medium is a great concealer for Indian skin tones. It has the perfect light salmon undertone to cancel out darkness and deep-set under eyes. The undertone of this concealer is perfect for you by itself, without any foundation. So this is perfect for one of those no make-up, make-up days.
NYX Concealer In A Jar
The NYX purple corrector is a creamy, high coverage, drugstore concealer that will brighten and correct any dull sallow skin. It is perfect to hide that redness around your nose and cheeks.
Always apply your corrector before foundation and concealer. Use a small spot correcting brush or a sponge. We love the Vega Concealer Brush (Rs 350) for precise spot concealing and the Pro Arte Concealer Buffer Brush (Rs 250) for blending. And honestly ladies, we cannot recommend the BeautyBlender (Rs 1,999) enough, it’s your one and done make-up blending tool.