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CLEO’s Cheat Sheet To Colour-Correcting

Which colour do you need?

When it comes to make-up, there are some things you can learn through tutorials. How to create easy eye looks and make your lippie last all day, for example. Some things you learn by continuous practice, such as creating the perfect cat-eye. Colour-correcting, is not one of them.

The whole premise of colour correcting is to create a neutral canvas for your base make-up. The undertones of your skin is not only different from your favourite Youtuber, it also changes on the daily. One morning you might find yourself with some dark circles, the next you might appear a little fatigued (it happens to the best of us!). While most make-up looks are now foolproof thanks to advances in products, colour correcting can go wrong quickly. If you see an Insta-tutorial with clown faces / lipstick under the eyes / colourful splodges everywhere, unfollow.

Colour correcting isn’t paint by numbers, it’s about doing the least for the most effect. So to demystify the art of colour correcting, we DM’d make-up artist Grace Wong for the professional low-down and product recommendations.

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Colour correcting isn’t for everyone.


That is to say, most people don’t need them because base make-up like concealer and foundation will suffice. TBH, in my three years in the fashion and publishing industry, I hardly see MUAs using correcting creams on models. This is because models generally have even skin, and there’s no need for additional steps. You probably won’t see it credited in beauty spreads either. “Unlike foundation or lipstick, it’s not easy to break down how much to use or have a specific technique because application really relies on solving ‘issues’,” explains Grace.

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