Many people use cosmetics to even out their skin tone and give their complexion a flawless look. For those who have areas of discoloration, using color theory to correct these spots can make the spots much less noticeable. Following the traditional artist’s color wheel–which is a circle that arranges colors based on complementary relationships–you can address any unwanted colors in your skin tone by using its opposite on the color wheel. This takes much of the guesswork out of color correction makeup and allows you to get a smooth, even complexion.
Use Green to Correct Red
Many individuals have issues with redness in their skin, which may be the result of acne, rosacea or irritation. Green is the opposite of red on the color wheel, so a green-tinted face product can help counteract ruddiness in the complexion. Blending is important when using a green color corrector because green products can create a noticeable sickly cast if not blended properly. Because redness usually covers a large area, a green-tinted foundation primer is usually the best product for correcting redness. Pressed and loose green toned powders are also options for balancing out allover redness while a creamy green concealer works best for smaller areas.
Use Peach/Salmon to Correct Blue
Whether due to hereditary factors, allergies or late nights out, under eye circles are a problem for many people. Most dark circles have a blue or purple tone to them, which is what makes them so noticeable. Blue’s opposite on the color wheel is orange, so to counteract blue tones in the skin, a peach or salmon product can be effective. Lighter-skinned individuals should opt for peach while those with darker tones should choose salmon. Because most blue discolorations are confined to the under eye area, a concealer is the best option. For mature skin, choose a liquid-based concealer so it does not cake in fine lines below the eye. Use a small amount and blend completely. In some cases, the peach or salmon color of the product may be too obvious, so a concealer that matches your skin tone should be placed over it. For those on a budget, orange, coral or peach matte lipstick can be used to correct blue under eye circles as well
Use Lavender to Correct Yellow
For those who have a shallow, yellow cast to their skin or yellow or brown bruises that they would like to cover, lavender color correctors can be helpful. Chose a lavender-toned primer or face powder if your face has an overall yellow tone. For specific spots or bruises, a creamy concealer works best. Fresh bruises may require a skin-toned concealer over the lavender for extra coverage.
References and ResourcesColor Theory: A Brief Tutorial
Make Me Heal: Makeup and Camouflaging Techniques
Makeup Tips for Beginners: Makeup Colors
Woman Junction: How to Apply Color Corrector