Skip Contouring and Just Try Color Correcting Instead

We'll be the first to tell you that using color wheel theory is a really effective way of nixing under-eye circles—because peachy-orange tones neutralize blue, using peach-colored foundation or concealer is the best way to make your circles disappear. Simple, right?

But what if you applied this way of thinking to the rest of your face? Makeup junkies in the know might already use this method diligently, but just like how "contouring" is a now a household term, this style of face-sculpting is poised to hit the mainstream.

NOTE: (AFTER I BLEND THE COLOUR CORRECTING OUT I PUT FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER ON TOP) Hey guys!! I'm super excited for this insta video because it's a collab with the one and only @nicolconcilio ❤️❤️?? we both used the @nyxcosmetics @nyxcanada colour correcting kit! The purple is to correct any weird yellows on my skin, green is for any redness or blemishes I may have, yellow and the salmon pink are for any dark circles, darkness or any acne scaring. DISCLAMER: this video was for fun and just a fun way to teach you about colour correcting. The amount used is not for every day colour correcting unless you do have any extreme discolouration on you face. A little can go a long way for colour correcting :) SHOW US your CRAZY colour correcting using the hashtag #colorcorrectingclash !! PS I have a mini makeup tutorial on this look a few posts back (my inspired Barbie makeup tutorial) as well as the FULL tutorial on my YouTube channel! Hope you are all having a lovely day! #tianacosmetics

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The Insta tutorial shown above might seem a little over-the-top, but it's actually easy to adopt color correcting into a more low-key routine. Got an angry-looking zit? Say goodbye to redness with some green cream or concealer (like Physicians Formula's Concealer Twins, $9). Cheeks looking sallow or yellow? Choose a purplish-tone foundation to liven things up. On the flip side, yellow cancels out purple-looking shadows, while, as mentioned, orange nixes blue. 

Our final tip: Maybe use this method a little sparingly, and color-correct as needed rather than on a full-faced, daily basis. We can't be the only ones exhausted by the extreme foundation trends, right?

Do you ever color-correct? What are your favorite foundation tricks? Tell us in the comments below!