Makeup is not just an art, but a science too. Once you learn the importance of colour theory, your makeup game can level up. Today we're going to learn all about what a a touch of blue can do for your routine. In the realm of color theory, blue holds a remarkable power as the contrasting color to warm, orange-toned hues. When applied to the skin, a blue color corrector effectively neutralizes areas with excessive warmth or unwanted orange undertones.
L.A. Girl has two super popular blue products: the Blue Foundation Mixing Pigment and the Blue Colour Corrector. So, which one is right for you?
Blue is going to counteract overly warm tones on the face. These undertones may stem from hyperpigmentation or acne scars. By applying a small amount of blue color corrector strategically on these areas, the blue pigment counteracts the warmth, bringing balance.
Less is more with this technique, as you don't want to end up with big blue splotches on your face! Lightly powdering the area you corrected before going in with your foundation ensures the product will stay where you have placed it, and you don't end up mixing blue all throughout your foundaiton.
This technique gives an overall more natural effect to your base as the colour correction would have alleviated the need for more coverage.
You may be thinking- "I already use a green corrector to combat my redness, should I be switching to blue?" If you have redness, rosacea, or blemishes, stick with your green color corrector. Green is the contrasting color to red on the color wheel, meaning it neutralizes redness effectively. When applied to areas with red undertones, the green corrector helps cancel out the redness, providing a more even skin tone.
On the other hand, if you are dealing with excessive warmth and orange undertones, a blue color corrector can be a game-changer. Blue is the contrasting color to orange, so using a blue corrector can help balance and neutralize those warm undertones, creating a cooler, more neutralised complexion.
Color correction is a makeup technique, so practice is key to mastering it.
Apply sparingly: Color correctors are highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Start by using a small amount, as you can always add more if needed.
Target areas: Identify the specific areas with warm or orange undertones that you want to correct. Common areas include around the mouth, nose, and chin, where discoloration or redness may be more prominent.
Blend gently: Gently tap the blue corrector onto the targeted areas. Be sure to blend the edges well to avoid any harsh lines or demarcations. Try keep it as concentrated to the discolouration as possible.
Layer if necessary: If you have severe discoloration, you may need to layer the corrector. Start with a thin layer, and add more if needed.
Set: You will need a very light amount of powder to set the product. Skipping this step may spread the corrector onto areas of the face that don't need it.
Follow with foundation: Apply foundation over the corrected areas, and continue with your regular makeup routine to achieve a flawless finish.
Remember that in the world of color correction, blue is just one of the hues that plays a vital role in achieving a flawless complexion. No matter what tones you're struggling to address, there's a corrector to help. All you need to do is take a look at your handy dandy colour wheel, look at the colour you're wanting to correct, and take a look at the shade directly across from it.
For instance, green is the go-to color to combat redness, making it an excellent choice for concealing pesky blemishes and irritation. To counteract dark spots or under-eye circles, a peach or salmon-toned corrector works wonders on lighter skin tones, while orange or reddish shades are more effective for deeper skin tones. Lavender correctors are great for brightening dull, sallow skin, while yellow can help conceal mild redness or add warmth to the skin.
Have you ever tried a foundation that seems just a tad too warm or orange for your skin tone? This is where the Blue Foundation Mixer shines. As the contrasting color to orange, blue holds the power to balance and neutralize overly warm products. Just a small amount of blue pigment can work wonders, effectively toning down the warmth and guiding your foundation to the perfect shade.
Although foundation is the main thing we correct with blue- that isn't your only option! You have a world of creative possibilities when it comes to mixing a blue pigment into various makeup products. When mixed with lipstick, the blue pigment can alter the color and undertone, creating unique shades and finishes. For example, mixing a blue pigment with a red lipstick can result in a beautiful berry hue, while blending it with a nude lipstick can produce a trendy and cool-toned mauve. A touch of blue mixed into your cream or liquid blush can create a subtle, cool-toned flush that contrasts beautifully with warm skin tones.
Remember, when mixing pigments into makeup products, start with a small amount and gradually add more until you achieve the desired color.
Play around with the ratio of foundation to pigment until you find your ideal shade, and enjoy the magic of a foundation tailored just for you!
Start with a small amount: Begin by squeezing a small amount of your foundation onto the back of your hand or a clean mixing palette. You will most likely need less product than usual as you are mixing it with the pigment.
Add the blue pigment: Pump out a tiny amount of the blue pigment. I recommend pumping it out onto a seperate surface, and using a makeup brush to pick up a small amount at a time, then mixing it into the foundation. These foundation pigments are super opaque, and you can easily adjust the shade by adding more if needed.
Blend thoroughly: Mix the foundation and the blue pigment together until the color is evenly distributed. Ensure there are no streaks or clumps, and the pigment is fully integrated into the foundation.
Test the shade: Once mixed, apply a small amount of the customized foundation to your jawline to test the shade against your skin tone. This will allow you to assess if the color is the right match and adjust further if necessary.
Adjust if needed: If the color is too cool-toned or appears too blue, you can add a bit more of your original foundation to warm up the shade. Continue to mix until you achieve the desired color.
As with the colour correctors, there are also other shades in the Foundation Mixing Pigments to address your specific tone concerns.
The Yellow Mixing Pigment serves as a color corrector that can brighten and add warmth to the foundation. By adjusting the color slightly towards the warmer end of the spectrum, the yellow pigment can help create a more natural match for those of you with warmer undertones. The Orange mixing pigment shifts foundation to a warmer undertone. This can be particularly useful for deeper skin tones or for adding warmth to a foundation that appears too cool or ashy on the skin.
The White Mixing Pigment is used to lighten a foundation that is too dark for you, or if you have a foundation that works well when your skin is tanned, adding white pigment can help adjust it so it matches regardless of how tan you are.
In conclusion, both the blue concealer and the blue foundation mixer prove to be super helpful in creating the perfect base. The blue concealer, when applied precisely to targeted areas, becomes a potent weapon against localized imperfections, like redness, blemishes, and dark circles. It provides concentrated color correction, ensuring a seamless canvas for further makeup application. On the other hand, the blue foundation mixer excels at achieving an all-over correction, allowing you to customize your foundation to the perfect shade, neutralizing any excess warmth and ensuring a harmonious complexion.
While the blue concealer targets specific issues, the blue foundation mixer enables a more widespread, balanced transformation. So, embrace the wonders of blue colour correction
, and you'll never have to worry about your makeup looking orange again!