Much like contouring and strobing, colour correcting has been around for a very long time; but for some reason in the past few months, it’s become the latest and greatest makeup trend. Colour correcting and I go a long way back… one of first memories of buying makeup is that of 13 year old me standing at the makeup isle at Kmart trying out a Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer on the back of my hand (remember the real OG in the shape of a lipstick?). I remember being desperate for something to conceal the redness around my nose and my blemishes. Somehow through the years the simple step of colour correcting escaped me in my makeup routine and I forgot all about it; but I’m glad we’re back on thanks to the new Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors*.
For those unfamiliar with colour correcting, it’s simply a method of neutralising skin discolourations prior to going in with foundation and/or concealer. If our skin suffers from discolouration and we don’t correct it before applying our base, that discolouration can still peek through. I won’t try to confuse you with complicated face maps of where to apply the different shades; it’s both a matter of studying your own face to find what you would like to correct, and applying the colour wheel theory – colours directly opposite of each other cancel each other out. Becca released four different shades which address most discolouration concerns.
Here is a quick guide:
Green (Pistachio) – Neutralises redness. Perfect for: pimples, acne scars, rosacea, broken blood vessels, wind or sun burn, etc.
Violet – Neutralises dullness. Perfect for: sallowness (a yellow tinge to the skin) and other yellow spots.
Peach – Neutralises darkness and hyperpigmentation. Perfect for: dark under-eye circles and other spots with deep discolouration.
Red (Papaya) – Neutralises deep blues and greens. Perfect for: noticeable veins under the eyes, extreme dark spots, etc. Recommended for tan-dark skin tones.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors, which made testing these colourful little pots even more exciting. Becca claim the correctors are highly pigmented, but I found them to be slightly sheer – the swatches below took a few goes to build up the intensity. I think this is a positive, as it’s a lot more beginner friendly and allows you to tailor your application depending on how much correcting you might need. They are creamy but very lightweight and have a tacky consistency, which is ideal to help your concealer or foundation adhere.
Experimenting with colour correctors can be a little bit daunting but I found these so easy to use. My favourite of the lot is definitely Pistachio, as it’s been helping me with the same redness concerns I had when I was 13 – around the nose and blemishes (and sometimes on the chin). Some things never change! Pistachio makes all the difference – at the end of the day when my foundation and concealer start to fade, the redness isn’t as obvious. For days when I’ve been extra tired, I’ve really enjoyed bringing some light to my complexion with Violet, and using Peach to conceal my dark circles. When colour correcting under the eyes, I’d strongly recommend to set the area lightly with some powder, as the combination of a corrector plus concealer on top can cause a little bit of creasing. Still, the Becca colour correctors layer beautifully – there is no cakiness or heaviness detected. The only one I haven’t really played with that much is Papaya; I don’t suffer from very visible veins or extreme dark circles, and I think it’s best suited to darker beauties anyway.
In terms of application, I found that fingers work best – to pick up the correctors, apply them, and blend them out. A Beauty Blender also works great, but I still like to pat them down with my fingers first to warm up them up and help them melt onto the skin.
The only complaint I have about the correctors is the light-reflecting pearls, which are supposed to impart a subtle luminosity and help blur imperfections. These fine shimmer particles are actually visible, which is not something I enjoy, particularly where Pistachio is involved. This is mostly due to its placement being needed in random areas of the face (aka blemishes) and around my nose – shimmery nostrils aren’t cute. I wish they had kept Pistachio completely matte.
Onto the brand new Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crèmes* – they released 12 beautiful high-coverage concealers that pair perfectly with the Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors.
I received four of the shades as samples – Banana (light beige with yellow golden undertones), Macadamia (medium beige with yellow golden undertones), Toffee (medium to light tan beige with warm undertones) and Treacle (golden brown with warm undertones). It’s not often I find a concealer formula I enjoy using both for my under eye area as well as blemishes, but these fit the bill perfectly.
The consistency of the concealers is creamy and a little bit thick, so a little goes a long way. They still feel hydrating and very comfortable to wear, so don’t let the thickness scare you away. These crèmes definitely pack a punch in the pigmentation department, but are still super blendable! Just make sure to not over-apply as they can cake a tiny bit. I like to pat on a little bit of Banana under the eyes with my fingers, and set it straight away with a powder (it tends to crease a little if not set). Macadamia is a perfect match for me at the moment, so I use it to spot conceal with the Real Techniques detailer brush.
The only negative I have found about these concealers is that they can come off easily, something to be wary of if you like to touch your face here and there.
All in all I am so pleased with these new releases from Becca – I’ve been using the Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors and Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crèmes every single day.
Both products are available from the Sephora Australia website, retailing at $50 each for 4.5g.
Have you tried colour correcting? What are your favourite products?
*Products provided for editorial consideration. Read my disclaimer here.