Colour Correcting Makeup
As we age in the sometimes harsh climate of Australia, our skin becomes even more prone to showing imperfections – dark circles around our eyes become more pronounced, age spots appear, redness develops as our skin becomes thinner and more sensitive, and capillaries break and show through your skin, and dullness becomes more prominent as cell turnover slows down.
That’s the bad news – the good news is there are specific products on the market that work with the colours on the colour wheel to conceal these imperfections especially well. If you haven’t heard of the colour wheel and how it works, below is a colour wheel, showing the colour spectrum:
The basic premise of the colour wheel is that complementary colours (which are opposites) offset each other, so that green offsets red, purple offsets yellow, and orange offsets blue. In this way, these concealing products use a green colour to neutralise any redness, purple to offset the yellow dullness in skin, and orange to offset the blue of dark circles and brown of sun spots – clever huh! Some really great colour concealing products are:
Dr. Hauschka Colour Correcting Powder
Dr. Hauschka Colour Correcting Powder is a translucent powder featuring 4 shades. This clever powder reduces the appearance of redness on your skin and lightens the appearance of dark shadows and dark circles, leaving your skin looking fresher and younger. With 100% certified natural ingredients, luminous mineral pigments combine with nourishing botanical ingredients to impart additional skin benefits. The versatile powder can be worn under or over foundation. 8g RRP $72.00.
Rimmel #Insta Conceal & Correct
This pocket-sized concealer palette contains three creamy, colour correcting shades to fix the most common colour flaws, regardless of your skin tone. The peach/orange concealer neutralises dark circles whilst illuminating facial features, the green concealer covers blemishes and redness, and the purple concealer mutes yellow undertones to correct a dull complexion. Applied under foundation, the palette even has a how-to guide on the back. 8.4g RRP $18.95.
L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette is a concealer and colour-correcting palette in one, that offers 24-hour full coverage. The palette contains a green concealer to neautralise redness, a violet concealer to neutralise hyperpigmentation, and skin discolouration, and three beige concealers to cover every day imperfections. The formula combines Highload™ self-adjusting pigments with Camo-Stretch™ elastomers for ultra high coverage in a thin film that will not cake. 10g RRP $29.95.