Camera-Ready and Picture-Perfect
When it comes to choosing makeup to cover acne scars, does color correction live up to its hype? In a word, yes. While we believe it’s important to embrace your own natural beauty, there are times and events — like a stage performance, your prom, graduation, or wedding – that call for taking your look up a notch or two. These are the moments when you want your skin to look flawless in person and in the photographs you’ll keep forever, and this is where color correction truly shines. So even if your usual routine doesn’t include much time and effort in hiding flaws, now is the time to use the best makeup to cover acne scars, blemishes and other marks. Thanks to color correction makeup, you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to create a picture-perfect look. If you’ve been afraid that your scar will steal your spotlight (or your confidence) on your big day, read our guide to camera-ready color correction and put it into hiding.
What It Is:
Color correction makeup to cover acne scars and other discoloration is a longtime makeup artist secret for film and photo shoots that’s turned into a huge beauty trend. It’s based on the concept of using contrasting hues to “cancel out” discoloration caused by acne, scars, blemishes, birthmarks, and other pigmentation issues. Now, a category that once consisted of yellow concealer has exploded into a race for beauty brands to launch a wide array of color-neutralizing liquids, sticks, powders, and multi-hued cream palettes. Available in a kaleidoscope of shades from yellow to green, lavender, orange and peach, color correction makeup goes beyond basic concealer to achieve the look of flawless, even, glowing skin in an instant without adding more layers of makeup. This unique ability to make your skin look unbelievably perfect yet “undone” is what makes color correctors ideal for wedding day makeup and other special events.
Why You Should Try It:
- Your skin will still look like skin, which should always be the goal. Though it’s counter-intuitive, adding color correctors to your beauty routine lets you use less of your usual products like foundation and concealer to achieve a full-coverage result. Color correctors create a smooth, perfectly even canvas without a heavy, cake-y makeup look.
- It’s simple and quick enough to use everyday as well as for special events. Don’t be intimidated by the extreme way that color correction is being shown in some of the video tutorials sweeping the beauty world. There is plenty of information that’s beginner-friendly and appropriate for real life. Once you’ve mastered the basic technique, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without these candy-colored skin fixers.
- You can fake your way to a healthy, glowing, complexion. If you’ve noticed that using one shade of makeup on your whole face to cover acne scars is making you look washed-out, flat, or mask-y, you’ll be surprised at how the right color correctors bring your skin to life. This is the key to skin that looks just as perfect in real life as it does on camera and in every type of lighting.
How It Works:
- Swirling shades of green and purple all over your face may look complicated, but the concept of color correction is as basic as the standard color wheel beloved by elementary school art teachers everywhere. The bottom line? Two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel “cancel out” or neutralize each other when mixed together. Bonus points if you’ve read our color wheel intro.
- Color correctors come in different formulas of makeup to cover acne scars that can be used on top of the marks – including creams, powders, sticks – or in liquid drops that can be mixed into your moisturizer, primer, or other makeup to spread over large areas of discoloration such as sallowness or rosacea. The corrector is used along with your regular foundation or concealer – if you even need it.
If you’re not sure what color will correct your skin issue, study this Color Correction Cheat Sheet:
- The Beige Basics — If you’ve got light-colored marks or minor imperfections, (lucky you!), then a natural, flesh-toned concealer may work well enough for everyday. You’ll need a scar concealer in an exact match for your skin tone or a shade lighter or darker depending on the type of scar you want to cover. Check out our tips on makeup for scars for more details.
- When to Reach for White — While multi-colored camouflage makeup palettes may include a white concealer, be aware that these are much better for highlighting areas of your face – like the upper cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose – than for using under the eyes or to cover up scars.
- Green – Directly across from red on the color wheel, green concealer neutralizes redness and is among the best makeup to cover acne scars as well as blemishes, rosacea, and any other redness on your face such as around your nose or between your brows.
- Yellow — Opposite purple on the color wheel, yellow concealer corrects purple or blue-ish scars and under eye circles. Yellow is also an all-purpose and idiot-proof color to camouflage minor imperfections and dull skin. Yellow tints are often found in yellow-based foundations as well as other formulas like primer that can be applied pre-foundation for overall brightening.
- Lavender – Positioned across from yellow on the color wheel, shades of purple, lavender or lilac cancel out yellow or sallow tones on your skin. Use purple color correctors to give pasty skin a healthy-looking, luminous glow. Lilac loose powder in particular can bring dull skin back to life.
- Peach or Orange – Opposite from blue on the color wheel, orange concealers are best suited for darker skin tones, to cover deep discoloration from dark acne scars, sunspots, and under eye circles. For light to medium skin tones, color correctors in peach are super-effective at camouflaging sun damage, under eye circles, freckles, and other areas of hyperpigmentation. Because peach is actually a mix of red, orange and yellow, it’s a multi-tasking corrector that neutralizes the blue, purple and green hues on the opposite side of the color wheel, making it a “best buy” for a range of skin issues and as a general brightener for your whole complexion.
- Extra Credit: Bronze – Take a tip from professional makeup artists and use a bronzer as a sheer color corrector to create shading without covering up your skin. Avoid any orange tones and use a shimmer-free, medium-toned bronzing powder to add a bit of natural-looking warmth and depth to your face without going into full-on contouring territory.
- For the ultimate camera-ready confidence, pair your strategic color correction with Dermaflage, a topical scar filler that temporarily “resurfaces” the uneven skin caused by recessed or indented scars. It fills in and raises the shadowy area that regular scar concealers can’t effectively smooth out. Not only does it invisibly cover even the most difficult-to-hide scars like boxcar scars and acne icepick scars, it’s waterproof, smudgeproof, and lasts up to 36 hours, so you can enjoy your big day without worrying about the need for touch-ups or reapplying. Perhaps most importantly, your skin will actually look like real, skin in your photos instead of like layers of makeup, thanks to Dermaflage’s ability to move with your skin and mimic its exact color and texture. Here is the story on how Dermaflage works.
How the Pros Camouflage Scars
Using makeup to cover acne scars may take a bit of practice, but professional makeup artists break it down into the basics:
- Only color correction makeup for under eye circles should be applied after your foundation. This method keeps the coverage from being wiped away or smudged during your foundation application.
- Color correction makeup to cover acne scars and other discoloration should be applied before your foundation and regular concealer. Once you’ve neutralized the color issue, you may not need to use as much of your other coverage products.
- Give color correctors time to “set” after you apply them. Let it dry for a couple of minutes, then apply your foundation and concealer on top, if you still need it. Dabbing your other products on with a sponge or stippling brush will keep you from wiping away the corrector underneath.
Look Like You-But-Better for Your Big Day
Although the products may look rainbow-bright in their packages, the results of color correction look surprisingly natural. The best part is that it can cover up scars completely but allow you to use less makeup. It’s an ultra-effective method that can achieve a low-key, “no makeup” look or create a perfectly even canvas to build a dramatic makeup statement. Whether you want classic bridal beauty for your wedding, an all-out glam look for your prom makeup, or simply want to look paparazzi-perfect every day of the year, color correction lives up to its hype of creating the look of flawless, perfectly even skin no matter how much you’ve got to hide.
So now there’s no excuse for caking on layers of concealer when what you really need is color correction makeup to cover acne scars. Embrace your inner makeup artist and try color correction for an instant skin fix!
Aimee from Dermaflage