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The Complete Guide To Color Correcting Any Skin Issue You Have

03/15/2016 10:31am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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by Deanna Pai, Teen Vogue

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Color correcting is such a big deal lately that Sephora has devoted an entire category to it. And for a good reason: It's awesome. Since these correctors use the power of the color wheel to neutralize every skin issue from redness to dark spots to sallowness, you need less than you normally would with a concealer. (Ever try to hide an acne scar with concealer? It takes a bucket.) Consider this quality over quantity.

1. PINK

On lighter skin tones, dark spots tend to have a blue cast to them. That's why any old concealer might not do the trick. Instead, a pink and lavender one both brightens fairer skin and counteracts the blue, so that you get an even canvas. Plus, the deodorant-like stick is a cinch to swipe on. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector

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2. RED

It was through a Youtube tutorial that the trick of blending red lipstick under the eyes first gained traction. It's one of those things you don't think really works...until you try it yourself. It works best if you're of an olive skin tone or darker (fair-skinned girls, continue reading for your own dark circle corrector). Becca Backlight Targeted Color Corrector in Papaya

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3. PEACH

On darker skin tones, hyperpigmentation (or dark spots) tend to show up as a deep, almost-black eggplant shade, so not just any color can cancel them out. Peach is the right mix of yellow and orange to both conceal and brighten spots. YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Abricot Bisque

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4. ORANGE

If you have olive skin tone or darker, dealing with dullness can be close to impossible, since the usual brightening staples -- luminizers, highlighters, illuminators -- can read as frosty or shimmery. Enter orange, which brings out the warmth in skin for a lit-from-within look.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in Orange

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5. YELLOW

Highlighter can do a lot of things, but it won't always give your whole face a healthy, sun-kissed glow. There are other ways to cut down on dullness, the best being a wash of yellow (the effect is similar to candlelight). Bonus: This also contains skin-brightening ingredients like ceramides, which hydrate and repair skin. Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Yellow

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