Color Correcting and Acne Coverage Makeup Tutorial

Want to learn about color correcting? Need to cover up acne? This is the guide you've been waiting for!

Color Correcting and Acne Coverage Makeup Tutorial
Color Correcting and Acne Coverage Makeup Tutorial
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Uneven skin tone can be a really big problem for many people. This Color Correcting and Acne Coverage Makeup Tutorial will show you just how you can get flawless skin every time. This is a fantastic tutorial that breaks down how to color correct and how to cover up acne into easy-to-follow steps. Plus, this makeup tutorial is great for everyone who is a visual learner. Say goodbye to pesky redness, dull skin, and peek-a-boo acne when you check out this makeup video!

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Materials List

  • All products mentioned below are products I used in the video, but you do not have to use these specific brands to complete this makeup look.
  • Color correcting cream or liquid products: NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette, NYX Concealer Wand - shade green, SmashBox Color Correcting Stick - shade Look Less Tired (Light)
  • Primer: Too Faced Hangover Primer, Benefit POREfessional
  • Liquid Foundation: Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
  • Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer - shade Fair Neutral
  • Under eye setting powder: Bare Minerals Eye Brightening - shade Well Rested
  • Powder foundation: Physicians Formaula Airbrush Pressed Powder *Mentioned in this video: Neutrogena Shine Control Pressed Powder - shade translucent
  • Buffing foundation brush: E.L.F. Powder Brush
  • Firm brush or beauty sponge: Beauty Blender
  • Under eye setting brush: E.L.F. Small Tapered Brush
  • Powder Brush: Flower Powder Brush
  • Optional: Loose Setting Powder: Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder - shade Translucent

Color Correcting and Acne Coverage Makeup Tutorial

When color correcting the following is a list of the colors to use when you are color correcting and what they are meant to combat. 

Green: this helps to combat any redness you might have.

Yellow: this is for if you are lighter in skin tone and have purple under eye circles

Orange: this is for if you have blue under eye circles lean more toward an orange color corrector, this can also help to cancel out dark spots on dark skin tones

Pink: this is used to help brighten the undereye area. These pinky tones will not necessarily cover your dark circles but it can really brighten up your undereye area after you have corrected those dark circles. 

Peach: if you are deeper in skin tone but you still have those blueish purple under eye bags you can use the peach color to eliminate those dark circles. 

Purple: this will combat any dullness or yellow tones in your skin.

How to Color Correct

  1. Start by priming your skin using a moisturizing primer. You can also use a pore filling primer to help smooth out your face. 

    Note: when using a pore filling primer be sure to pat and press the primer into your skin as well to really fill those pores and create a smooth canvas. 

  2. To start color correcting start with your eye area. Depending on your skin tone grab your orange, peach, or yellow color correctors and apply that to your skin. 

  3. Before blending out your under eye area, use your green color corrector in any areas where you might have redness. 

  4. Using a damp beauty blender or a firm buffing brush blend out your under eye area and any areas you covered with green. 

  5. Using the purple apply to any spots where you feel there is dullness or yellow tones in your skin apply the purple concealer there. If you also want an extra boost of brightness under your eyes, apply the pink concealer not directly under the eye but inbetween the apples of your cheeks and your under eye area.  

  6. Using the same beauty sponge or firm buffing brush blend out these colors as well.

    Note: whenever blending out for color correcting be sure not to over blend and, in a sense, blend away all the color that you just put on your face. It is perfectly okay if some color is still noticeable because it will be covered up by foundation. 

How to Cover Up Acne

  1. You can either continue from the steps listed previous, or if you are skipping color correcting today you are still going to want to complete step 1 in the color correcting routine first.

  2. Taking your foundation apply one pump of foundation to the cap of your foundation and dip into that using a stipping brush. 

  3. Swipe this foundation all over your face and down your neck to create the first layer and overall base for your skin. 

  4. You can apply another pump of foundation to the cap if needed. You are going to want to pick up more product on your brush and wherever you have acne stipple and press the foundation into your skin. 

  5. If you still do not feel like your foundation is covering your acne to your desire you can grab a creamy concealer that is the same shade as your skin tone and use the same pressing and stippling motion over your acne to add extra coverage. 

  6. Apply your concealer underneath your eyes in a triangular shape. You can also apply your concealer on your forhead, down your nose, and on your chin, to balance out the lighter shade around your face. 

  7. Blend that out using a firm blending brush or a beauty sponge. 

    Note: Beauty sponges tend to suck out and take away any excess foundation on your skin. Be hesitant to use this anywhere around or on your acne because it can suck up the extra foundation to give you a more light coverage look. 

  8. Using your under eye setting powder and brush set underneath your eyes. 

  9. Using a mattifying or long wearing pressed face powder, swirl your powder brush in your powder. Use the same tapping and stippling motion to set the foundation on your face and down your neck. 

How to Cover Up a Recently Popped Pimple

  1. If you have a recently or freshly popped pimple you are going to want to start by completing all of the steps listed above for how to cover your acne. 

  2. Then, you are going to want to grab a loose setting powder and either a damp beauty sponge or a very dense makeup brush. 

  3. Dunking your brush or beauty sponge in your loose powder and get it packed on with the loose powder. 

  4. You are then going to want to press that sponge or brush onto your skin one time. It should look like you have a lot of powder dunked in one spot. DO NOT blend it out yet. 

  5. Give that time to settle into your face and essentially "bake" your foundation into place. You can either do your eyebrows, contour, start your eye makeup. Whatever will give you enough time to let that sit for roughly 10 minutes. 

  6. Using your big fluffy powder brush you are going to want to dust away all that extra foundation. This should now have that popped pimple looking dry and matte. 

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This is so great. My face is constantly red (I never need blush) so to even out my skin tone I think I'd need to cover my face in green like Elphaba in Wicked (cries) but this video will definitely help me cover up problem spots like acne! Thanks, Maggie!

I've had acne since I was a teen, so I loved this video. I've heard of color correcting before, but never knew what colors went where. Thanks so much for this video!

Oh my goodness, what a fabulous DIY video tutorial! There are great tips and tricks here. I am definitely going to try out the color correcting techniques featured here!


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