The Ultimate Guide To Colour-Correcting Primers

Every hue has its purpose

Green
20 Jul 2016

Green

If you’re prone to acne, blemishes and rosacea, a green colour-corrector works best to calm the redness down. Apply an even layer all over or just spot-treat prominent pimples.

Try: Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion in Mint, $32, and Mirenesse Professional Makeup Base Skin Primer, $60.

Purple
20 Jul 2016

Purple

For those with sallow skin, a purple primer helps to counteract the overly-yellow undertones and lends a dewy, radiant glow to your skin.

Try: Biotherm Purple CC Evenness Colour Correction Smoothing Base, $62, and NYX Studio Perfect Primer in Lavender, $22.

Yellow
20 Jul 2016

Yellow

Colour-correcting primers with yellow undertones are great for bringing warmth and life to both fair and dark skin tones. They also work particularly well to hide blue blood vessels that are visible under really light skin. 

Try: Make Up For Ever Radiant Primer in Yellow, $70, and 3CE Skin Tone Control Primer in Ice Vanilla, $36.

Pink
20 Jul 2016

Pink

Pink-based primers are your go-to for that healthy, rosy glow from within. The subtly sweet shade instantly adds luminosity to dull, lacklustre skin. 

Try: Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse Poreraser CC in Pink, $65, and Laneige Water Supreme Primer Base SPF15 PA+ in Light Pink, $55.

Peach/Salmon
20 Jul 2016

Peach/Salmon

A warmer, more orange-y version of pink primers, peach or salmon-coloured tones work well to counteract dark pigmentation, like age spots and dark circles. 

Try: Lancôme La Base Pro Colour Corrector SPF 9 PA++ in Corail, $68, and Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Peach, $46.

Colour-correcting primers are confusing because — let’s face it — no one in their right mind would willingly apply green, pink and even purple shades on their face, unless it’s Halloween.

As scary as these vibrant, pastel hues are, the concept behind their function is simple. On a colour wheel, complementary colours sit directly opposite each other, and these shades, when mixed together, neutralise each other. Similarly, colour-correcting primers are strategically applied to neutralise opposing hues, caused by pigmentation and scarring, on your skin, to give you smooth, even complexion before you even get started on foundation. 

Click through the gallery above for a look at the various shades and their functions!

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