What was once the playing field of the pros has now made its way to beauty counters with an easy accessibility that entreats you to pick up a stick or two — that's right, we're talking colour correcting. Much like how contouring was once a fabled technique wielded only by makeup artists, colour correcting too was viewed as equally daunting. But if the proliferation of beauty gurus has anything to say about it, the trick to understanding colour correction is to learn how the hues of these correctors would cancel out your complexion problems according to the colour wheel. Basically, it's filters for your face.
Knowing what your skin is like is already half the battle won and there's no shortage of colour correctors that will hide your flaws, what with a new generation of multi-functional and innovative correctors being introduced to the market. No longer are they chalky blending nightmares, their upgraded modern counterparts now glide on like silk and provide imperceptible colour correction for that fresh baby skin you've always wanted. Can't wait to attain that immaculate complexion? Here are four colour-correcting picks to check out:
1. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Colour-Correcting Palette, $72
This is an all-in-one palette to correct every known discolouration while contouring and brightening up your complexion. Equipped with a visual guide for beginners to suss out what goes where, the six shades are also organised with numbers for easy selection and coordination. Bonus: The shades are universally matched to suit a wide range of skin tones.
2. YSL Beauté Touche Éclat Neutralisers, $59
Just like the original Touche Éclat we all know and love, these colour-correcting variants are sure to chalk one up in the beauty books as another cult favourite. Packaged in the same travel friendly wand-delivery method, the neutralisers are designed to work in tandem with your existing Holy Grail shade to neutralise any imperfection and unify your complexion into a fresh 'I totally had my beauty sleep' glow.
3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid, $40
Fans of Naked will rejoice as this best-selling range launches five shades of colour correctors aimed at hiding all manner of sins, whether it's late night partying or bingeing on Game of Thrones re-runs. Formulated with a lightweight texture and packed with antioxidant vitamins C and E to condition and protect skin, these magical tubes also come with subtle pearlescent pigments to diffuse light for that perfected appearance.
4. Dior Fix It Colour, $50
Inspired by the 'clown coutouring' trend that took over the beauty community some years back, Dior Backstage now ports over this technique into four multi-functional colour correctors that target three key areas — the complexion, eye contours and lips. Pretty much a system that lets you customise as you please, the translucent core in each corrector helps smooth skin texture and fill in fine lines with its soft focus powder formula so it'll never look or sit cakey.