Being a makeup artist first thing people always ask is “What should I use to get rid of acne marks?” “How do I get an even skin tone?” “How to get rid of acne? For that matter. Well, I’ll be as honest and blunt as I can, and I don’t want to make any false promises or give wrong information out there.
Okay! So in eleven months of fashion and media course from Pearl Academy, we learnt a lot about skin, hair and makeup. But in any beauty or makeup school, you will not learn how to treat some skin problems. They will teach you about skin, for example, the types of surfaces, the kind of skin diseases, colour theories to cover up those marks with the help of makeup. But definitely not the treatments.
For that, some people invest their time and money in studying and get their Doctor’s degree in the skin speciality, and they are called “Dermatologists”. Just like somebody gets a heart attack, they go to a cardiologist not to some heartbreak healer to treat their heart issues, or if somebody gets a bone dislocated you don’t visit a gym trainer, you go to an orthopaedic. As a gym trainer can tell you a lot about bone structures but definitely can not do a fracture treatment. Similarly, the skin is the largest organ of our body. When you got issues with that, you need a dermatologist to treat that not a makeup artist. As everybody is different, so as the eating habits and skin issues.
I know my example skills literally sucks sometimes, but that’s what I mean to say, a beauty influencer or some makeup artist cant treat that acne issues or skin diseases for you. You need an expert to handle it. But yes, one thing we can definitely do is to let you know how to or what to use to hide your skin concerns.
I can’t fix your skin issues permanently, but I can definitely let you know what you can do to hide your imperfections with the help of makeup temporarily. So let’s get started with understanding the importance of colour correction in our makeup routine.
Colour corrector for ACNE: GREEN
As you can see in the above colour wheel green is the colour that has been mentioned as a complementary colour against red.
A green colour concealer will cut down the redness of the acne scars and the redness of the irritated skin. After moisturising the surface and applying the primer, use the green colour corrector on the desired areas followed by applying your foundation on top of it. Green colour will neutralise the redness of the skin, the acne scars as well as the blemishes too.
Colour corrector for Dark Circles and uneven skin tone: ORANGE
The under eye skin is generally more sensitive and thin other than our rest of the surface of our face. Hence, you would be able to figure out that it appears slightly blue in colour. Blue being the primary colour in the colour wheel, you would notice orange is the complementary colour on the colour wheel.
By applying orange colour concealer, it will cut down the blue tone of the dark circles, brightening the under eyes area. You can use an orange colour concealer to neutralise the dark pigmentation around your mouth and on the uneven skin tone on the T-zones of your face, followed by your foundation on top of it.
Colour corrector for the yellowness of the active acne and puffiness: PURPLE/LAVENDER
Though I would never suggest anybody to apply makeup on their skin if they are dealing with active acne as it will worsen the situation. However, if you are in a position where you can’t avoid it, then the Purple/Lavender is your colour.
Yellow being the primary colour, purple/lavender will neutralise the yellowness and the swollen skin here. Followed by applying your foundation on top of it.
Makeup is an art that you do on your face, a walking talking canvas for that matter. Just like an artist know his/her colour theories while painting, in the same way understanding the colour theory is essential for your makeup too. However, understanding your skin is equally important.
If you are going through any skin issues like acne, uneven pigmentation, the irritating redness then visit a dermatologist and get proper treatment. As I always say, every skin is different, everything reacts differently on different people.
Makeup is to enhance your features, not to give you a new face! And NOBODY is PERFECT!
Read about Face Primers here: Every Skin is different, so does “Face Primers” should be!