Lately I am all about that color correcting life and am fascinated with the concept of color correcting. In case you've been living under a rock (or you know, you're a regular person who isn't constantly reading about makeup trends), color correcting is a pretty big deal right now. The concept is that instead of just covering your face in a thick layer of foundation to try and conceal everything, you can instead take a more targeted approach by using color theory to apply the right solution to the problems you want to fix. I love the idea of color correcting as your foundation can't always fix everything and plus on lighter makeup days, sometimes it's all you need!
Now there are lots of posts out there explaining how to color correct, so I won't go into it in too much depth, but basically it's:
- green to cancel redness
- peach and pink to cancel dark circles and conceal
- yellow to highlight
- lavender to cancel out dull, sallow skin
Most people know to use green and peach to cover up blemishes and redness around the nose and cheeks, but today I want to highlight one of the lesser used color correctors: lavender.
For us warmer toned gals, lavender is a new best friend. Too much sun, or too little sun, lack of sleep and even just weird undertones in foundation can leave us looking like we're permanently walking under unflattering fluorescent lighting. A few slashes of lavender though and things are tipped wonderfully back into balance!
Lately, I've been using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in lavender for just this purpose. I like to apply the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid right after my priming step. This color corrector comes with a standard doe foot applicator that makes it super easy to apply. My routine is to generously apply the fluid across the apples of my cheeks, the center of my forehead and the remaining bits onto my chin. Then, using either a buffing brush or a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I'll gently pat and blend it into my skin.
|Left: straight out of the tube and blended|
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid has an almost mousse-like texture. It is fairly pigmented, but blends beautifully into the skin so you don't need to worry about having a weird purple cast afterwards. The lavender fluid makes my skin seem more luminous and fairer, without any shimmer or greasiness. The lavender also illuminates my skin in a more natural way compared to pearlescent primers, which I find tend to work better on cooler skintones, or when I have less of a tan.
I could probably get away with just wearing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid on its own, but usually I still layer on a light coverage foundation over top to just smooth out my skin's texture and eliminate any unevenness.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid is definitely a targeted solution as it won't really cancel out dark circles or conceal pores or blemishes, so if you're just getting into the color correcting trend, then I would not splurge on these. However, if you have tried color correcting before and you know which shades you use the most, then the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids are a great option to go all in on. Personally, I'm hooked and am considering whether to purchase the green or the peach one next!
Buy - a little pricey, but if you love color correcting and you know you'll use these shades a lot, then they're a great value. Pigmented and very blendable, these correcting fluids will help you achieve that flawless look!