Colour correcting is a way for a woman to make her skin look flawless at any time of the year, any time of the day. A lot of beautiful women have different colour issues in their skin, like hyperpigmentation. By colour correcting, you can make your face look like you really do have even skin—a true “no-makeup makeup” look.
Anyone can learn how to colour correct—so let the experts teach you the basics, the Bobbi Brown way:
Bobbi’s Guide to Colour Correcting
Yellow-toned skin makeup can correct redness
If you have areas of hyperpigmentation or redness on your face, a yellow-toned CC cream or foundation will do the trick. Both my CC Cream SPF 15 and my entire line of foundations feature shades with yellow undertones to combat your redness issues. It’s simple: start applying the makeup around your nose. Once your nose is the right colour, you can blend the makeup outwardly into the rest of your skin. And if you’re just looking to correct a few red spots on the face, consider dabbing the Skin Foundation Stick in the problem areas.
Peach- or pink-toned skin makeup can correct a sallow complexion
An unhealthy-looking sallow complexion is another common colour problem I’ve encountered in the course of my career. If you think you’re looking a little too yellow, you should use the CC Cream SPF 15 in a peach or pink tone to add a slight tint change to the skin. Many women of colour use a brown colour, like Rich Nude, for the same effect.
Bronzers will colour correct without covering up
As a former editorial makeup artist, I know that makeup can easily look flat on camera without the correct usage of lighting and shading—but you don’t have to go as far as contouring. Your skin naturally has different colours on different areas, and if you made your entire face the same colour, the effect would be flattening. Bronzer is an excellent sheer colour corrector if you use a fluffy Bronzer Brush, or a Full Coverage Face Brush for an extra oomph of coverage. Many women with darker skin tell me that they use the Bronzing Powder as a sheer face powder—a brilliant trick that I hope you try out, too. I love using my fingers, but when it comes to bronzer, please use a brush.
Look beyond the foundations and concealers
I love learning from my amazing makeup artists around the world. Some of them told me that they use the Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Milk Chocolate to colour correct darker skin. It’s a creamy formula that blends seamlessly into your skin. My Corrector is also made especially for discoloration around the eyes, with warm undertones to brighten up your face, whether it’s Monday morning or Saturday night.
Retouch, don’t reshape
In her book Bossypants, Tina Fey said this about retouching: “[I]t’s okay to make a photo look as if you were caught on your best day in the best light.” With a similar sentiment, I developed my Retouching Powder. This powder combats shine while giving you an airbrushed look through soft sheer shades like Peach, Rose, and Yellow. Consider it the last product you put on your face before you head out the door—a real-life retouch, no Instagram filter needed.
We hope you find these tips useful and don’t forget that you can pop into Arnotts landmark Dublin store to chat with one of their skincare & beauty experts or learn more about the Bobbi Brown range on their site.