I talk about rosacea a lot on the blog and I cover skincare, diet, lifestyle, stress and everything else that can affect my skin. I try to give as much advice as I can but for a lot of people, these long term solutions are helpful but they also want short-term help. I get at least one question about covering rosacea with make up every day, as so many people just want to be able to go about their day with a little bit more confidence. So I’ve put together my tips for a flawless base. I’d recommend starting with the other posts in the series – chatting about primers and foundation – but today we’re talking about colour correcting.
When I first started planning my post on how to achieve a flawless base I was going to put it all in one post so it could be a one-stop-shop for my recommendations… but then – in true Lex fashion – I started typing and realised that I was already on 1500 words and I’d only covered primers and was halfway through foundation! So it has developed into a series instead. Next week I’ll look at foundations and application methods, then after that I’ll cover concealers, powders and setting sprays.
Before we get into details, take a look at this colour wheel – it will be important when I’m explaining the colour correcting options. The basic premise is that first you identify the colour you want to hide, find it on the colour wheel, and then find the colour directly opposite it. By applying that colour to the offending area, you neutralise the colour, allowing you to then carry on with your make up. This may sound like a faff, but if you’ve ever piled on concealer only to still see purple shadows under your eyes, or redness on your cheeks, then you’ll appreciate something that can help you on your way to achieving a flawless base.
I use a few different products so it’s really a matter of preference for you: I’ve tried to find a range of prices, formulas and intensity so you can pick your favourite. I also filmed a video on colour correcting last year if you want to see it in action HERE.
FLUID COLOUR CORRECTORS:
As the name would suggest, these are liquid products which means they’re usually easier to apply and blend. I usually apply the product to the back of my hand and then use a damp Beauty Blender to lightly bounce the product onto my skin. Start small and build up the colour gradually, otherwise you risk looking a bit peaky!
The GOSH Mix & Fix Colour Drops* are new and the range is really exciting: there’s green for redness, purple for sallow skin, as well as lightening and darkening drops for when you find a foundation you like but the colour is slightly off. So clever!
Both the Nip+Fab Colour Corrector ’01 Peppermint’* and the Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer come in a squeezy tube with a brush on the end. They’re both very liquid-y but I’d say the Nip+Fab has higher coverage.
The 3INA Liquid Concealer and the Kiko Natural Concealer are both a dry-cream concealer and leaves a matte finish. They both have a doe-foot applicator, like a traditional liquid concealer (FYI I think the Natural Concealer has been discontinued and replaced with the Kiko Skin Tone Concealer – I haven’t tried the latter but it looks very similar).
INDIVIDUAL CREAM COLOUR CORRECTORS:
Soap & Glory Kick Ass All Is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer comes in a chubby stick which makes it very easy to swipe across my cheeks and then pat in with my fingertips. It’s a very creamy formula so it blends very well and it can be worn quite sheer. It also contains aloe vera for a soothing effect which is great when your skin feels angry and warm.
The MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal and the NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer have a drier cream texture. They still apply well to the skin, but I’d advise applying them with your fingertips to warm them up as otherwise they may go a bit patchy and dry on the skin.
PALETTE CREAM COLOUR CORRECTORS:
If you need a few different colour correctors I would recommend trying a palette to save money and space. I really like the Collection #ConcealAndLightLikeAPro palette* – it has green, yellow, and purple colour correctors, as well as a highlighter and 4 concealer shades (one of which I use as a peach colour corrector) – everything you’d need for a flawless base. They are similar in formula to the MUA product above: they might need a little warming up to use but will blend nicely.
My personal preference is liquid concealers as they’re so easy to blend and feel like nothing on the skin, but I wanted to show the huge range out there (and the differences in prices!) so there’s hopefully something for everyone.
I really hope that the second instalment in the Flawless Base series was helpful. Have you ever tried colour correcting? What are your go-to products? If you haven’t, what is it that has put you off? I love to hear your thoughts on these advice posts so please let me know in the comments below! You can find the other instalments of the Flawless Base series here: Primers, Foundations.
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