Colour Correcting First Impressions

Hello everyone!

Colour correcting involves using different colours to neutralise other colours that appear on the face. For example, green and red are opposite each other on the colour wheel, so you apply a green colour to areas of the face that are red (such as around the nose or on spots or blemishes), and this should mask the redness effectively. For a long time I've been very interested in colour correction to try and hide the dark circles under my eyes, so I finally picked up the Barry M Colour Correcting Kit from Boots. It has four colours, coral, purple, green, and nude, to correct various colour problems on the face. Here's how I got on with it.

As you can see, my undereyes are very dark and purple. I hate this and I often struggle with up to four layers of concealer to try and mask them (it doesn't work). I also have some patches of red around my nose, on my cheeks and on my forehead as well. Also, around my lips, the skin often appears yellow.


I look like a crazy person. The coral shade around my eyes is used to hide dark patches and visible veins. I used quite a lot of this, as you can see. I put a lot of green around my nose to hide that, as well as on a couple of blemishes on my forehead. I took the lilac/purple colour around my mouth and chin to counteract the yellow colours there.

As you may be able to tell, I only put the colours on one side of my face. This is to see the difference after concealer and foundation to see if it actually works.

The consistency of the colours is a bit waxy/chalky, so I found it difficult to blend. This isn't much of a problem as I knew I would apply concealer and foundation over the top, but I do hate trying to blend things that don't want to work with me!


I applied a coat of Seventeen Stay Time concealer under my eyes, then a layer of Elizabeth Arden Perfectly Nude foundation, followed by another layer of that concealer. I think you can tell the difference slightly, but there isn't a shocking difference between either side of my face.

My undereye bags are still visible, but the side with colour correcter is a little bit less obvious. My cheeks and forehead are more red on the side without, but around my mouth looks yellow on both. I could probably do with applying more of each colour if I were to try this out again.

Overall, I would say colour correction definitely does work. The colours used do actually combat the colours they're supposed to, but unfortunately there wasn't a colossal difference for me this time. I will definitely still try it in the future.

Have you ever tried colour correction before? Can you give me any advice?

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