Yes, you can handle color correction

If you’re intimidated by color-correcting products, trust me, you’re not alone. Knowing which color is for what and where to place it can seem daunting, and those pre-blending photos on Instagram can be downright scary. The good news about color-correction is that you can achieve the desired result with very little time and effort, so long as you have the right products.

This makeup technique can require watching many YouTube tutorials and practice, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. There are plenty of one-step wonders that address the spectrum of complexion concerns. Do you suffer from facial redness? A green primer like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer in “Adjust” counteracts redness before you even apply foundation. Do you have dark undereye circles? Lancome’s new Miracle CC Cushion Color Correcting Primer in “Pinky Peach” helps lighten their appearance before concealer. If you’re concerned about dull, uneven skin tone, a yellow-hued priming product works wonders while purple is best for sallow skin.

If you want to step up your color-correction game, a palette is the way to do it. This is a hot makeup trend right now so there are plenty to choose from—and these offerings from Tarte, Stila and Make Up For Ever are great places to start. They include every color you could possibly need, just be sure to understand which hue is used to correct what. They key for flawless color correction is to blend, blend, blend—and a sponge like the Beauty Blender is the best way to do it. But washing your sponge after applying each color sounds annoying, right? Beauty Blender’s new Micro.Mini Correct.Four set includes four miniature color-coded sponges that coordinate with each major color-correcting shade. Their small size makes them perfect for tight spots like under your eyes and around your nose, and you can be sure that you’re keeping the right color where you need it.

Sure, we might not all have the time for the full color-correction monte each morning, but it’s nice to know that we can camouflage our main skin concerns instantly if we want to. Have you started color correcting yet?

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