Bobbi’s Guide to Color Correcting

Guide to Color Correcting

If you’ve read this blog recently or any new interviews with me, you probably already know that I’m not too enthusiastic about contouring — but last week I confided to Vogue’s Jenna Rennert that another makeup technique trend is making a comeback: color correcting. Like contouring, color correcting has been around since the ‘90s, but instead of giving you a new face, it’s about perfecting your skin naturally. Color correcting is a way for a woman to make her skin look flawless at any time of the year, any time of the day. A lot of beautiful women have different color issues in their skin, like hyperpigmentation. By color correcting, you can make your face look like you really do have even skin—a true “no-makeup makeup” look.

When I started working as an editorial makeup artist, I had no formal training, but I studied magazines to learn about how light falls on the face. Back in the ‘80s, none of the products for color correcting worked: I’m sure you remember those green and lavender pencils meant to counteract under eye circles and red spots. In my experience, they don’t work very well. Anyone can learn how to color correct—so let me teach you the basics, the Bobbi Brown way:

Bobbi's Guide to Color Correcting

Yellow-toned skin makeup can correct redness

If you have areas of hyperpigmentation or redness on your face, a yellow-toned CC cream or foundation will do the trick. Both my CC Cream SPF 15 and my entire line of foundations feature shades with yellow undertones to combat your redness issues. It’s simple: start applying the makeup around your nose. Once your nose is the right color, you can blend the makeup outwardly into the rest of your skin. And if you’re just looking to correct a few red spots on the face, consider dabbing the Skin Foundation Stick in the problem areas.

Peach- or pink-toned skin makeup can correct a sallow complexion

An unhealthy-looking sallow complexion is another common color problem I’ve encountered in the course of my career. If you think you’re looking a little too yellow, you should use the CC Cream SPF 15 in a peach or pink tone to add a slight tint change to the skin. Many women of color use a brown color, like Rich Nude, for the same effect.

Bobbi's Guide to Color Correcting

Bronzers will color correct without covering up

As a former editorial makeup artist, I know that makeup can easily look flat on camera without the correct usage of lighting and shading—but you don’t have to go as far as contouring. Your skin naturally has different colors on different areas, and if you made your entire face the same color, the effect would be flattening. Bronzer is an excellent sheer color corrector if you use a fluffy Bronzer Brush, or a Full Coverage Face Brush for an extra oomph of coverage. Many women with darker skin tell me that they use the Bronzing Powder as a sheer face powder—a brilliant trick that I hope you try out, too. I love using my fingers, but when it comes to bronzer, please use a brush.

Bobbi's Guide to Color Correcting

Look beyond the foundations and concealers

I love learning from my amazing makeup artists around the world. Some of them told me that they use the Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Milk Chocolate to color correct darker skin. It’s a creamy formula that blends seamlessly into your skin. My Corrector is also made especially for discoloration around the eyes, with warm undertones to brighten up your face, whether it’s Monday morning or Saturday night.

Retouch, don’t reshape

In her book Bossypants, Tina Fey said this about retouching: “[I]t’s okay to make a photo look as if you were caught on your best day in the best light.” With a similar sentiment, I developed my Retouching Powder. This powder combats shine while giving you an airbrushed look through soft sheer shades like Peach, Rose, and Yellow. Consider it the last product you put on your face before you head out the door—a real-life retouch, no Instagram filter needed.

And because I know this is a lot of information to digest, I’m hosting a live Periscope demo at the Bobbi Brown HQ in NYC on Thursday, March 24, at 12 p.m. EST. Join me—and let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!

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19 thoughts on “Bobbi’s Guide to Color Correcting

  1. How do you decide which color retouching powder to use? Which color is best for someone who wears beige or natural in your foundations?
    thanks!

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 28th, 2016

    Bobbi offers several options for your skin tone, Jill. Let an online Bobbi Brown Artist help narrow down your choices by chatting live here: http://bbrwn.co/1hERFhU.

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  2. At a recent Nordstrom event at Park Meadows Mall, Marc Reagan taught me how to color correct mid-face redness. I use the Full Coverage Touch Up Brush to dab on Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation. This foundation works well with my skin type and the brush really helps to apply it at just the right depth. Covering the redness, which comes on as a flush from autoimmune disease, helps to increase my confidence. Thanks BB and Marc.

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  3. I am 58 years old and age spots (sun damage) are beginning to be VERY apparent. I’ve never worn foundation, but I know I need it! My eyebrows are a hot mess, too! My daughter will probably get married in the next few months. I would love some help! Thank you!

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 28th, 2016

    We can definitely help, Anna! Let an online Bobbi Brown Artist get a few more details so we can suggest your ideal look for your daughter’s upcoming wedding. Chat live (you can even upload a photo!) here: http://bbrwn.co/1hERFhU.

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  4. What is the best type of foundation for older skin which has lost its bloom

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 28th, 2016

    Bobbi offers several options, Moira. An online Bobbi Brown Artist is standing by to get a few more details so we can help find your perfect foundation formula and shade. Chat live plus upload a photo for instant advice here: http://bbrwn.co/1hERFhU.

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  5. Hi! I would like to know if your make up is fragrance free & hypoallergenic? My skin is sensitive & I can’t use anything that has any fragrance on my face esp. I have seen women wearing your line & they look absolutely breathtaking! I know that I’m a very attractive woman as well but I have never worn any foundation & I’m excited to try your line! Please contact me & give me some information about your foundation! Thanks!!

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 28th, 2016

    Let a member of our team get you the most up-to-date information, Latasha. Please email your inquiry and contact information directly to ConsumerCare-SOC@gcc.bobbibrown.com. We’ll be in touch to help.

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  6. I enjoyed Bobbi’s periscope on color correcting! Wish there was a way to save it to the blog or web sitevso I could rewatch over and over! Always learn so much!
    Suggestion …when Bobbi is doing makeup on periscope please zoom in so we can really see the difference Bobbi and her makeup make.

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on March 28th, 2016

    Thanks for your kind words, Cindy, and suggestions! We’ve passed along your comments to the appropriate department for future consideration. For now, we hope you’ll check out Bobbi’s YouTube page for more videos (that can viewed anytime you like) and stay tuned for future Periscopes.

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  7. I have medium skin tone (foundation colour – Honey), and recently I started using Milk Chocolate as a cream bronzer and am really loving the effect!

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  8. The color corrector gor the eyes is fantastic stuff. The best top I ever got from Bobbi (which I apply to EVERYTHING makeup related) is to always color correct first before doing anything else. What a difference! Re inner/undereye near nose, CC is all I need on most days! Found I didn’t even need to lighten/conceal!! Wow.

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  9. Hi, I am 24 year old. I bought Bobbi brown color corrector in color peach. I really like and that color match my tone too. The only problem is that it doesn’t stay on place for long. I think I am not applying it properly. Can you suggest me something? Thanks!

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    Bobbi Brown Reply:

    Reply on July 7th, 2016

    For a longer lasting Corrector application—apply Hydrating Eye Cream first, then apply your Peach Corrector with the Cream Blending Brush. Gently press in with fingertips and follow with a layer your Creamy Concealer and set with Sheer Finish Powder. Need more tips? Chat live with an online Bobbi Artist at http://www.bobbibrown.com.

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