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

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.