How to Color Correct Blemishes and Discolorations

Instead of using half a tube of concealer everyday to hide your blemishes color correct them instead. You just need to have a simple understanding of color theory and the color wheel to master the technique. Colors positioned opposite from each other on the wheel will cancel each out when placed on top of each other. My teacher in beauty school taught me a very basic phrasing to remember the principles of color correction: Lakers, Christmas, Mets. Lets break that down.

The Lakers uniform colors are yellow and purple. So purple correctors can be used to neutralize yellowish casts of the skin while a yellow corrector can be used to neutralize purplish marks.

The iconic Red & Green combo is symbolic of Christmas time. For fair complexions, redness can occur as a symptom of stubborn conditions such as rosacea, port wine mark or chronic acne. Green color corrector cancels out any sign or redness on the skin.

Orange/ Blue
Good ol’ NY Mets colors!!! Individuals with deeper skin tones do not suffer from redness however they may see darkness around the mouth or have scarring from acne. Darkness in the under eye area is a universal condition. I’ve had clients with dark circles so severe that were so disappointed after trying every concealer on the market to hide their circles they were virtually out of options. That is until I introduced them to an orange or salmon color corrector. The dark blue-black discolorations can be neutralized by placing the orange or salmon in the affected area.


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Many companies make color correction products to satisfy a wide range of budgets. Pictured above are the e.l.f. Studio Corrective Concealer Palettes in:  Erase & Conceal; Neutralize & Conceal. These palettes retail for $8 USD each. If you are not sure if you want or need to use a color corrector then these palettes are a great choice to try without breaking the bank. If you know that you definitely need a color correction product due to sever discoloration, I will say invest in the best product you can afford. Do your research, get some department store samples if you can and try out a few different ones. Ultimately, you will save money by using less concealer and less of your color correction product. I find that  higher end brands tend to have more pigment. Although this may not always be the case, this is my general experience. In another post I will give recommendations and talk to you about my favorite color correction products, what I use personally for myself and some of the items in my MUA kit.  I hope this information was effective in helping you understand the science of color correction and a bit of color theory. If you have any additional questions on how to use color correction properly. Please leave them in the comments section below.



Apani Smith is a professional licensed cosmetologist, avid beauty junkie, also a revered Indie Hip-Hop Icon, sleep deprived mom and foodie extraordinaire.  Get social with  @apaniclassic on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest  to book a hair or makeup consultation/appointment, see more original work and life imitating art. 

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