Color Corrections - By Megan Kelly

[#365BeautyTips] Colour Correcting 101

The twenty-seventh week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Color Corrections - By Megan Kelly


contour concealer palette - By Megan KellyWhat is Colour Correcting?

We’ve all been saved by our normal flesh-coloured concealers, when covering up pimples that pop-up at inconvenient times. However, pink, purple and even green concealers have been having quite the moment in recent launches and with more and more brands bragging a variety of coloured concealers, it’s time to figure out just what they are and how to use them.

Color correcting is using different coloured concealers like yellow, green, purple and pink to help even out your skintone. Each colour targets a very specific issue like dark circles, bruising and redness, so it is important to know just how these colours work, so that you know where to apply them to get that glowy, healthy look.


How does Colour Correcting work?

It can seem so odd putting vibrant colors on your skin and expecting it to look gorgeously radiant. Well, remember the good ol’ colour wheel from primary school? It all goes back to that! Colours naturally neutralize the colour opposite to them. As an example, red is across from green. Which is why green concealer works best to cover red blotchiness.


Let’s talk about Green Concealer

Nobody wants to look like Shrek, so why do we use it? Green concealer is best to even out redness caused by irritation, inflamed skin or concealing redness from breakouts. Green is also ideal for hiding redness caused from rosacea or broken capillaries.


Think Pink!

Pink colour correctors are great for adding that hint of brightness to skin. Try adding just a touch of pink around the eye area to brighten and revive the area.


Orange and Red

You wouldn’t think that orange is much of a desired colour especially when it comes to skin, but it’s awesome for correcting under eye circles. You may have already seen on my Snapchat earlier this week that I use bright orange (close to red) concealer under my eyes to make me seem more alive. This trend was set in motion, when a Facebook video went viral of a girl using a red lipstick to correct her under eye circles. On darker skin tones, you can use orange or red concealer all over to even out dark spots and any discolouration in skin, before applying foundation. Try opting for one which has a hint of blue undertones, which makes the skin appear more brighter and livelier. (And don’t be scared to just use a red lipstick instead, I do!)


Colour Correcting - By Megan Kelly

These are just a few of my favourite colour correcting products. The Essence … All I need concelear palette is new to their range and is an amazing and affordable product especially if you’ve just started playing with colour correctors. The top palette is one of my best finds on AliExpress, which combines both colour correcting and contouring shades, but these sorts of palettes are more tailored towards Makeup artists and the likes. CATRICE also has their own version of the concealer palette like Essence’ (PLUS a contouring one, too) but I haven’t given it a twirl just yet. However, I am a huge fan of their Prime and Fine primer range. I have a full blog post planned for next week that shares some insider information about the pink beautifying primer (keep an eye out for that one, it’s a real goodie) as for the green anti-red base, this is amazing for flared up skin (or even sunburn), as it immediately neutralizes the redness. Both formulas are hydrating and long lasting. If you do suffer with oily skin, you may want to raise your eye to CATRICE’s Color Correcting Mattifying Powder which is the only setting powder that I have not only hit pan but also managed to completely finish! This powder helps set foundation, stops you from looking like a grease ball and helps colour correct your skin with it’s hint of pink, purple, green and red particles. Now that you know what I use, are you keen to see my everyday colour correcting routine?


My colour correcting routine

On days that I am sleep deprived (thanks toddler!) I tend to use a red lipstick mixed with pink concealer, for under my eyes. The combination of both brightens up the area while neutralizing the dark circles. When I took these photos, my skin wasn’t as inflamed as it can be so I only lightly tapped on the green concealer around my nose and on any blemishes.

And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?


Curly Girls Guide - By Megan Kelly

I am Megan Kelly, the creator behind By Megan Kelly, mom of two boys, named Axl and Eli, and local business owner providing digital marketing solutions. I live on copious amounts of coffee, can be bribed with chocolate and will never admit to having too much makeup – although, I probably do.

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  • Alet Swart
    Posted at 09:25h, 15 July Reply

    Nice! I really enjoyed this post!

    I have a very basic routine, in the car, on my way to work. It consists of a BB cream, followed by pressed powder, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara.

    Will light colour correct work before a BB cream? Or is it time to grow up?

    • Megan Kelly
      Posted at 13:00h, 15 July Reply

      you should still be able to colour correct with BB cream, especially if you’re using colour correctors very lightly. I tend to stay away from BB creams because it makes my skin greasy, but I do use a light – medium coverage foundation from Essence that works beautifully with colour correctors.

      • Alet Swart
        Posted at 08:52h, 20 July Reply

        Thanks Megan, I’ll give it a try and let you know 🙂

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