The secret to a flawless base (it’s not foundation)

Colour correctors are nothing new, but most of us still look at a pistachio powder and think what am I supposed to do with THAT?. “Colour correcting is officially the new contouring.” says Alexia Inge, co-founder of Cult Beauty. “Over the past few months we have seen a massive rise in sales and searches for colour correcting products – over 75%” As a result, the market is newly awash with clever correctors and we can all finally get to grips with what goes where. At a glance, green cools redness, yellow kills dark circles, peach adds warmth, violet lifts dullness and blue counteracts sallowness. Now correct and perfect with our pick of the best. 

Color Correcting Stick in Don’t Be Dull, £18, Smashbox

Works wet or dry (damp is sheerer) on sallow undereyes.

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Touche Eclat Neutralizer in Abricot Bisque, £25, Yves Sint Laurent Beaute 

Paint this light-reflecting cream on under makeup to warm up ashy bits.

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Cover(T) Stick Color Corrector in Getting Warmer, £28, Marc Jacobs

A pearly multi-tonal balm that airbrushes over pigmentation and is particularly good at brightening darker skin.

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Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid, £17.50, Urban Decay

Swipe on with the spongy wand then blend with fingers to neuter dark circles, noticeable capillaries and thread veins. 

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Acti’Mine Make-Up Base in Acti-Kiwi, £26.25, Givenchy 

Prime away rudiness with this classic cooling corrector, which has a bonus SPF15 and doesn’t pill away when you add makeup on top. 

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Colour Correcting Palette, £7.99, Sleek

Hot every spot with these six bargain blendable creams –  theu can be used alone depending on what the day throws at your skin or mixed and matched to deal with every little gripe at once. 

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