By Amanda Richards
Jan 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am

When it comes to product selection, application, and technique, color correcting makeup walks a very fine line. If done correctly, color correction can totally transform the way your makeup looks overall — some makeup artists even consider it their secret weapon for a flawless face. However, if color correction is done improperly, the results aren’t just bad — they are very, very bad.

Point being: If you’re interested in experimenting with color correction in your own makeup routine, it’s important to learn exactly how to do it, even if it means a little bit of trial and error.

So, what is color correction, exactly? Basically, it’s a method of balancing out certain undertones and discoloration we all have on our skin: dark under eye circles, redness, a grayish cast, and more. The technique is based on the color wheel — at it’s simplest, you choose colors opposite to the ones you’re trying to correct. It’s not a one-size-fits all solution, though: The type of color correction you need depends on your skin tone and the depth of the discoloration you’re trying to correct.

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To learn more about the process, check the latest episode of Beauty School, wherein InStyle Senior Editor Amanda Richards attempts — and fails, but then attempts again — to color correct, and learns how it’s really supposed to be done.