The Finest Shade Corrector Make-up of 2023, Based on a Make-up Artist

The Finest Shade Corrector Make-up of 2023, Based on a Make-up ArtistFinest Shade Corrector Make-up

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What to Consider

Color Theory

What is color theory? According to Seropian, color theory is the study of how colors interact, and it plays an important role in using color corrector makeup. They come in various shades, each with a specific purpose to address different color concerns in the skin. Here’s a quick overview of common hues and how they help even out skin imperfections.

  • Green counteracts redness, such as rosacea, and it should be applied to areas prone to redness, such as the cheeks, nose, and pimples.
  • Orange and red help brighten dark circles on deeper skin tones. Those with medium-to-light complexions can use peach or pink color correctors, which Seropian says help brighten her clients’ dark under-eye circles.
  • Yellow neutralizes purple and blue tones commonly found in the undereye area of those with lighter skin tones.
  • Purple eliminates sallowness, which is when the skin is yellow.

Your Skin Tone

Seropian notes our skin tone is crucial in determining which color corrector suits our needs. She advises those with melanin-rich complexions to use color correctors in richer, more pigmented hues and those with fairer complexions to opt for lighter tones to eliminate unwanted color. “For example, if you have dark circles under your eyes, an orange or a peach color corrector with pigmentation will be much more effective for concealing your darker under eyes,” she says.


When shopping for a color corrector, finding a great formula that works well with your coverage needs and skin type is important. Here Seropian shares more insight into the different types of formulations available.

  • Cream color correctors, including the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Vanish Color Corrector, will have stronger pigmentation and full coverage. Normal, dry, and mature skin types will find creams products most beneficial because they’re more hydrating.
  • Stick color correctors, such as the Live Tinted Huestick Corrector, will be much easier to apply, but they may have less pigmentation.
  • Powder color correctors, such as the Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Setting and Finishing Powder, will be very lightweight and ideal for those with oily skin or in humid climates.
  • Liquid color correctors, such as the MAKE UP FOR EVER Color Correcting Step 1 Primers and stila One Step Correct, spread easily across the entire face and work with all skin types, providing a light-to-medium coverage.


Should we apply a color corrector before or after the foundation and concealer? Seropian says they should always be applied before and must be blended out to create a smooth and even base for makeup application. Color corrector makeup can be applied with clean fingers, sponges, such as the Beautyblender, and makeup brushes. Someone’s tool of choice is really more of a preference, but typically creams will be applied using a sponge and those using powders will stick to powders.

How We Chose

Seropian’s all-time favorite color corrector in her pro kit is the Ben Nye Color Corrector Wheel, but the palette goes in and out of stock online, so we’re skipping it for now since we always want to make sure everything we share is available to shop immediately.

Saunders selected these highly rated recommendations and asked Seropian for her honest feedback. The vast majority of these color corrector makeup products are products Seropian is familiar with and had positive experiences using. As for the other two, Saunders is confident they’re worth using, which she’ll dive into shortly.

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