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Beauty Tips: Pink, purple, green?! Why are there different colors in color correction?

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Color Correction exploded as one of the best makeup trends in the last couple of years in the western makeup trends. It is just as important in Korean makeup trends as well. We recently wrote an article about loose powder and discussed the benefits of lavender loose powder (which is popular in Asia), which sparked some of your interests about the benefits of different colors for color correction. This article is to share with you all the different types of colors in color correction to help you determine which might be best for your skin tone and condition!

What is Color Correction?

Color correction is based on color theory, in which the opposites of the color wheel will counteract each other, and using that theory, using these opposite colors will "correct" skin discoloration. Skin discoloration is quite common and most of us may need a bit of extra complexion help from time to time. If you are satisfied with your makeup results with using foundation and concealer, then a color correction (also known as CC) palette may not be necessary. On the other hand, if you feel that you are not achieving an even skintone with just foundation and concealer, such as dark circles or cheek redness still showing through the makeup, then color correction may be a great addition for you.

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What are all the colors in color correction and what are they for?

Here are the suggestions for the skin issues you might be facing and what type of color corrector you would need to counteract it. It’s important to note that picking a color alone is not enough. It is important to pick the right shade within these colors. The darker your skin tone, the deeper color you should pick. A more pastel shade would work on lighter skin tones.

Yellow Corrector – this color correction is suggested for stubborn redness, rosiness or rosacea. You can also use this on very dark under eye circles as well as severe dark circles and dark spots.

Green Corrector – this color correction is suggested for stubborn redness. This includes pimples, rosacea, broken blood vessels or very red under eye circles.

Lavender Corrector – this color correction is suggested for sallowness, overly olive skin tone or yellowness. Lavender color correction is the most popular color amongst Asian skin tones.

Pink Corrector / Salmo Corrector – This is suggested for those who get purple under eye circles, specifically for those with fair skin to light complexion.

Peach Corrector – Dark circles and dark spots on light to medium complexion.

Orange Corrector – Dark circles and dark spots on medium to dark complexion

Red Corrector – Dark circles and dark spots on dark to deep complexion

Color correction comes in a variety of options. Some color correctors come in the form of concealers. This is particularly helpful if you have targeted areas that you want coverage on. There are also color correcting primers, foundation, loose powders, CC Creams and cushions. Individual concealers are great but some prefer CC palettes so that you can mix the shades and colors to achieve your ideal shade and is more convenient to carry around. It may be very likely that you need to mix your colors to get to the preferred skin tone color.

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How to Apply Color Correction:

For severe dark circles or stubborn redness, you can lay down a light application of corrector then lightly apply your concealer or foundation on top of it. You will also need a stronger foundation in order to get the coverage to cover the color corrector. A tinted moisturizer, BB Cream or light liquid foundation may not cover the green or orange correctors so it is suggested that you use at least a more medium coverage when using those deeper colors. For color correction cushions, after skin care, apply it onto puff and smoothly apply to the face along the texture of skin. Lightly dab the puff over uneven area around forehead or cheekbone. Then apply your normal concealer and foundation if you want a more flawless look. If you choose to do a full coverage foundation look (note that you might not even need color correction!) but it will be important to make sure everything is blended evenly no matter what.

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The Etude House Magic Any Cushions:

These CC cushions are one of more popular Korean makeup items on Amabie! When they were first launched in Korea, Etude House apparently sold 200,000 within the first few days! This color correction cushion is a color corrector primer / makeup base to wear under your makeup for all over your face. These cushions provide whitening benefits, UV protection (SPF34/ PA++) and wrinkle care. They are quite light and moisturizing and provide subtle coverage. They are not intended to provide substantial coverage such as cushion foundations so they may not be enough to completely cover blemishes or dark spots. You may still need to use concealer and foundation afterwards. They come with a lovely little pink polyurethane cushion puff, which helps to blend the product in easily and the pink just adds to the princess theme of Etude House.

he Magic Any Cushions come in 4 colors:

  1. Pink – to help brighten pale and white skin.
  2. Mint Green – to color correct redness, this is the palest of the color correctors from Etude House.
  3. Peach – to brighten dull and darkened skin tones. This seems to be the most universal of all the Magic Any Cushions so if you’re not sure what skin tone you are, you can start with this one.
  4. Lavender – to color correct overly yellow skin tones.

All the shades have light shimmer finish, which is a popular Korean makeup trend to have "glowing skin." You can see the light shimmer on the Magic Any Cushions themselves. It also has a watery texture to allow it to feel comfortable on the skin.

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Article by: Secret Skincare Enthusiast

Article Published: December 30, 2016 is a review site for Korean makeup, Korean skin care, and other Asian beauty products. It's the best way to blog and share your Asian skincare reviews!