Color corrector makeup for redness is a makeup product that helps to reduce the appearance of redness in the skin. It can be used on any part of the face or body, and it’s particularly useful for people who have sensitive skin or rosacea. Color corrector makeup is also useful for covering up acne scars, dark circles under the eyes, and other imperfections in your complexion.
Color corrector makeup comes in a variety of shades, including green and orange. The color you choose should be matched to your skin tone as closely as possible so that the color doesn’t stand out too much once it’s applied. To use color corrector makeup, start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any impurities from your skin. Then apply a moisturizer to make sure that your skin will be free from dryness when you apply the color corrector. Next apply a primer so that it becomes easier for you to blend the product into your skin without leaving streaks behind. Finally apply color corrector over any areas where redness is present such as around your nose area or cheeks (see picture below).
Color corrector makeup for redness
Use color theory to achieve your complexion goals. Luckily, these liquid and cream formulas from brands like Dr. Jart+, Live Tinted, and Nars come in green, peach, and orange hues to neutralize unwanted discoloration.
There’s nothing more confusing than applying a full face of makeup and noticing that your skin hasn’t quite reached what you wanted. Maybe the bags under your eyes are betraying a full night’s rest or you’re experiencing a bout of hyperpigmentation. Whatever the reason, achieving your desired complexion goals is within reach. Addressing these variations in your complexion can’t always be solved with concealer or foundation, but that’s where a great color corrector — and knowing how to use it properly — comes into play.
Unlike a concealer that matches your skin tone, color correctors approach discoloration with color theory. “Color corrector is used to neutralize deep pigmentation, whereas concealer is great for covering dark circles and blemishes,” says Mali Thomas, a global artist in residence for Bobbi Brown who has worked with Kelly Rowland, Tiffany Haddish, and more of your favorite celebrities. Consider color correctors as an advanced treatment to meet your needs when the coverage you’re looking for isn’t attainable through your typical complexion products.
“It’s all color theory,” explains Jen Tioseco, a makeup artist behind the faces of Madelaine Petsch and Zoey Deutch. “Skip the lipstick trick you’ve seen on TikTok and grab a product specifically formulated for the task.” Looking at the color wheel, you can strategically use the opposite color of the unwanted tones you want to cancel out. “Using a peach corrector underneath the eye will neutralize any blue discoloration underneath the eyes that can sometimes peek through if you just use concealer,” says Tioseco. “Same thing [goes] for extra redness — green is the opposite [of] red on the color wheel and will neutralize redness caused by rosacea or blemishes.”
Because color correctors come in tones of greens, peaches, and reds, the application process is not for the faint-hearted and should be applied with discretion. Gently pat your corrector onto unwanted tones after skin care, but before concealer or foundation. “A common mistake I’ve noticed is the use of too much product,” Thomas notes. “Only use color correctors in areas where there is discoloration to create a more natural canvas.” Tioseco echoes the same sentiments: “When using a color corrector less is more — remember the more corrector you use, the more concealer/foundation is needed to cover it!”
Now that you know all about color theory and how to effectively apply color correctors, read on for our experts’ personal recommendations and Allure‘s ultimate favorites below.
Liquid Color Correctors
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
$52 at Sephora
Smashbox Photo Finish Correct Anti-Redness Primer
$42 at Sephora
$42 at Ulta Beauty
$42 at Target
NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Color Correcting Primer
$14 at Amazon
$14 at Ulta Beauty
While this product isn’t technically a color corrector, Dr. Jart+‘s TikTok-viral Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is a must-have for long-term results. It’s a great option for those who don’t necessarily want to wear any base makeup, as the formula is devoted to treating inflammation, irritation, or discomfort that causes redness — thanks to the herbal plant extract Centella asiatica leaf water.
If you’re battling all-over redness, a neutralizing primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Correct Anti-Redness Face Primer — you might recognize its Best of Beauty-winning siblings, Primerizer+ Super Hydrating and Control Mattifying — might be the solution for you. It includes soothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, algae, rose, and mushroom to calm stressed-out skin and minimize redness.
For a color corrector in a lightweight formula, try NYX Professional Makeup‘s popular drugstore pick, the Studio Perfect Color Correcting Primer. It’s thinner than most on the market because it’s intended as a full-face primer, but you can build it up to your desired level of coverage. This is available in two color-correcting shades: green for redness, and lavender for sallowness.