Color Theory: Types of Color Correctors

It seems that the new trend these days is color correcting and I have absolutely no complaints! As a lover of makeup, mixing and matching colors has always been one of the best parts of piling it on but in the case of flawless skin, color correcting is a crucial step in ensuring your foundation is on point! That means no dullness, redness, or unfavorable tones peaking through. To best understand how to achieve a Photoshop finish, color theory comes into play. If you take a look at color wheel, you'll notice that complementary colors balance each other out. When choosing a product, it's important to find one that will fit your needs so you can diminish discoloration and put forth perfection!

Yellow: Choose yellow shades to cancel out any purple-blue tones like your under-eyes or bruising on your skin. It's best for balancing out dark patches on olive to tan tones.

Orange: For those with medium to darker skin tones, orange is a savior when concealing the under eye area or any scarring from acne. Dark spots and discoloration can be balanced out with an orange corrector.

Pink/Peach: These peach/salmon/pink shades have a mix of red, orange, and yellow tones that pack the punch when it comes to color correcting. They work together to conceal, brighten, and revive the eye area so you can achieve a flawless face on pale to medium skin tones.

Green: Cancel out red tones with green! This means any redness around your nose or a bright red spot that you need to conceal. It might seem a little funny, but trust me, it works! Dab a little green concealer and you'll vastly reduce the redness!

Purple: Another seemingly random color that will boost up your radiant factor. Those with yellow tones and sallow looking skin can benefit from using a purple-based corrector to bring some life back to your face and brighten up a dull, pasty complexion.

Ah-mazing Under-Eye Concealers

Let's face it, cold weather makes you want to press snooze more often than you'd like. Your bed is the only place you want to be those chilly winter mornings. Maybe you stayed up a little too late watching holiday movies, or maybe you spent hours shopping online for the perfect gift. Whatever the reason, you've woken up to some designer bags. And I'm not talking about Louis, Celine, or Chanel... I'm talking serious dark circles. This is the "Do not disturb, coffee first" aesthetic. Busting out a pair of shades might be a quick fix, but if you're looking to make more of a bright eyed and bushy tailed impression, those bags need to go buh-bye. Under eye concealer is the magic elixir that wards off against the dreaded, "You look tired today." How 'bout we pull an Elsa and "conceal, [try not to] feel" like we're running on empty? Peruse through our favorites and find your savior for sleepy eyes! And then maybe some coffee? Click any product to shop it!


This is "it!" This is the concealer you've been searching for. Waterproof, full coverage, AND long-wearing! Isn't that all you could ever ask for? It! knows that beauty is a serious biz so they teamed with leading plastic surgeons, added Anti-Aging technology and put all the best bits into this tube of wonder. Dark circles are no match for this bad boy! Click here to shop this product! 


This product is a favorite among many, especially in the Youtube Beauty Community. It's affordable, easy to use with it's Micro Corrector Applicator built right in, and reduces puffiness all while brightening your under eyes. Kim K. will have nothing on you! Click here to shop this product!


What dark circles? UD's Naked Concealer is your skin's best friend. This lightweight formula gives you full coverage, is completely build-able without ever settling into fine lines, and it's bursting with ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 for anti-aging benefits and green tea for its revitalization properties. It also combats against dehydration and retains moisture for a glowing, youthful complexion! This stuff packs a punch! Click here to shop this product!


Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect shade to match your skin tone. And sometimes Lancôme knows exactly what you need with 13 shades to choose from! This concealer is long-wearing, waterproof, and provides natural looking coverage to even out skin tone and upkeep those under eyes! Click here to shop this product!


A cult favorite here. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is super hydrating, lightweight, and brightening while combating against dark circles and creating a luminous finish. Build up to your desired level of coverage without worrying about creasing. All you need are a few dots of product and you're good to go! Click here to shop this product!


Another affordable option that is a cut above! This concealer is "your skin but better" in a tube. With a variety of shades, you'll find you're perfect finish. Build and blend to blur imperfections and hide those pesky bags for a clear, natural complexion.  Click here to shop this product!

6 Setting Sprays that are A-Okay!

You've just applied the most fierce contour and perfect winged liner (that took one try!), now it's time to set this masterpiece in place! Using a setting spray should be the last step in your beauty routine if you are trying to lock-in your makeup and achieve a seamless, beautiful finish. Not only will your makeup last all day (and all night!), the setting spray will create an invisible barrier that will eliminate any retched, runny makeup disasters, so can enjoy your glam look regardless of sweat-inducing environments. So brave the heat, hit the dance floor and don't sweat it! And if you're just feeling a little blah, there's nothing like a little mist of magic to help you look and feel your best for hours and hours! We've chosen our favorites — does yours make the list? Click any product to shop it! 


UD has done their research! Partnered with Skindinavia, they formulated a 16-hour wear finishing spray for all skin types that boasts patented Temperature Control Technology. You won't fret the weather (whether it's hot and humid or brisk and windy) because this setting spray will make sure your makeup withstands all sorts of conditions. This is a must have for any makeup kit! Plus, it's vegan-friendly! 


NYX products are always a go-to when you are trying to get the most bang for your buck and this setting spray is no different. With two options for a matte or dewy finish, your makeup will hold its own and leave you feeling fresh, fab, and flawless even by the end of the night! 


Spritz this refreshing mist all over your face and you'll be one happy camper. Vitamin C and grapefruit extracts ensure a radiant finish while reviving and prolonging your makeup. Silica microspheres reduce shine while a protective 3D film-forming polymer creates an sheer barrier that gives you the ultimate long-lasting hold. Get your Fix'!  


A long-lasting, natural matte finish for a fraction of the cost of other products? Sign me up! L.A. Girl knows value and this lightweight mist is all you need to feel better about your makeup, your money, and the world! (It's cruelty-free!)


Hydrate, soothe, and finish with one spray of this miracle product. This misting water is infused with green tea, chamomile, and cucumber which makes for a spa-like experience in every spritz! You're left with happy skin and a flawless, refreshed face... Thanks MAC!


There's so much to love about Coola's setting spray. It's jam-packed with goodness! An SPF of 30 protects your skin against harmful UV rays, Hyaluronic Acid helps to soften, hydrate, and tone every skin type, and Cucumber and Aloe Vera extracts leave you feeling refreshed every step of the way. All-in-one and awesome!

Contour Like a Queen

A dramatic look isn't quite complete without a contour. For those special occasions when you're feeling extra fancy, it's always nice to have something in your makeup bag that will take your look to the next level. We are talking perfect highlights and chiseled contours that give you a flawless, Photoshop finish. Lucky for us, many makeup brands have jumped on this band wagon and made it super easy to achieve your desired look with contour palettes. Whether you're looking for cream or powder (or even both), add one of these kits to your collection and you'll be ready to slay any event! Click any product to shop it!

LORAC PRO Contour Palette & PRO Contour Brush, $45

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw (who has glammed up the likes of Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker!), this go-to pro kit is your one-stop-shop for chiseling those cheekbones and adding dimension to your face. Perks of this kit include a brush, a shimmer highlight for those days you want a subtle glow, and a massive mirror! Make your life easy and snag this palette for a contour that's always on fleek. Click here to shop!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, $40

ABH changed the contour game when she came out with these bad boys. As one of the front runners in the biz, this kit is a true best-seller. Whether you are looking for a cream or powder finish, she's got you covered in three palettes to choose from. Pro Tip: For a long lasting look, use the cream contour first and then set with contour powder. Click here to shop!

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette, $6

Inexpensive and compact? Throw this in your makeup bag and you'll always be ready for next level glam. This powder formula is infused with Vitamin E to promote happy skin and these 4 shades can be used all over (even as eyeshadow!) to achieve your desired look. If you're looking to test the waters, I think you might have found the one. Click here to shop!

It! Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contouring Kit, $38

This stuff is powdered Photoshop in a palette! Developed with plastic surgeons who know all about sculpting the face to perfection, this kit contains 6 universal shades to enhance your favorite features and maybe even minimize those that you aren't so crazy about. It's great for all ages, skin types, and skin tones and even has anti-aging ingredients! And don't fret if you're just a beginner, it comes with a step-by-step face chart so you'll be on your way to a flawless face in no time! Click here to shop!

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, $25

You know the worst thing about having palettes? When you hit pan on your favorite shade! What do you do?! Well, lucky for you, NYX has thought of everything! This customizable kit comes with 8 matte powders that will flatter every skin type. You can swap these babies out when your ready for more! If you want to try a new shade (they're are 12 in total), pop in different tones and you have a whole new palette. I like my options! Click here to shop!

Cover FX Contour Kit, $48

Sometimes it's hard to match products because everyone has different skin types, shades, and undertones. If you often find this problem, CoverFX has your answers. With 6 different kits to choose from with varying undertones of pink, neutral, and golden, you'll find the cream contour of your dreams! The sneaky little pocket behind the mirror holds a how-to card so you can learn to define your features like a pro! Click here to shop!

Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream - Contour & Highlight Palette, $79

Are you a makeup artist? Do you love having a wide range of colors? Whatever the case, this 12 shade cream contour palette has your name on it. Mehron caters to theater, special FX, and high fashion looks so you know this product is the real deal! Get your hands on this kit and you'll definitely be a contour queen. Click here to shop!

The Blotify Effect: 7 Superior Blotting Papers

Gone are the days of hiding that dreaded shine (we're not talking about a healthy glow, we're talking about oil build-up and sweat) by piling on the powder. We've come a long way in the world of beauty, and though blotting papers have been around for ages, they've really made a huge resurgence and gotten a bit fancier than the toilet seat liners of yesteryear. The next time you're looking for a quick way to correct your complexion without adding product on top of product, look no further than blotting papers. These discreet and portable shine-fighting sheets will quickly become your on-the-go beauty go-to. From green tea to gold, and charcoal to flax seeds, check out seven superior papers on the market that promise to simplify the way you touch up and leave you feeling fresh-faced!


What can't you do with green tea? Not much! Tarte Cosmetics has turned to the all-natural, anti-inflammatory benefits of the herb to up the ante of their Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers, and have successfully delivered a shine-fighting paper that not only absorbs oil wonderfully, but also helps to sooth your skin! Shop this product here!


Tatcha's Original Aburatorigami is basically the paper that got me blotting again. These Abaca tree fiber blotters are infused with gold leaf and can handle even the toughest of oily skin disasters. They absorb excess oil quickly without disturbing makeup and the strong sheets really allow you to soak it all up. The Glamsquad has been known to whip these out during meetings because, "a team that blots together, stays beautiful together". Shop this product here!


MAC Cosmetics' patented and cutting-edge Blot Film is the future of beauty blotting. Their stylish little dispenser delivers some super shine-fighting sheets of oil-absorbing magic that will instantly transform your T-zone from Shinytown to a fresh and fab Mattetropolis! Shop this product here!


If you're looking for a way to combat shine while fighting impurities, then Boscia's Black Charcoal Blotting Linens are the perfect, portable, pore-purifying papers for you. The black bamboo charcoal helps to clear skin while the Abaca tree fibers absorb excess oils, leaving your mug clean and captivating. Shop this product here!


Palladio Beauty's Rice Paper is a unique blotting device that boasts double-duty, double-sided, shine-fighting abilities. One side absorbs excess oils like a champ, while the other provides a natural rice powder finish for touch ups when you need them. And for only $4, this one is definitely worth a try! Shop this product here!


Re-energize skin on the go with Mai Couture's Vitamin C + E infused Rejuvenate Blotting Papier. You'll freshen your complexion in a flash while giving your skin the added benefit of a quick boost of anti-aging, free radical-fighting and naturally moisturizing properties. Shop this product here!


Our final oil-sucking sensation is from Jane Iredale. These Facial Blotting Papers are made with flax seed for an all-natural, super absorbent blotting experience. They come in a legit, handy little gold compact that you don't have to worry about smashing in your purse, which is an added plus. Once you make the initial $11 investment, refills are only $4.50! Shop this product here!

What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?

First strobing and clown contouring, now cooking and baking? Yet another trend that is made specifically for you to feel your absolute best (and another reason to love the world of beauty!). "Cooking", or "baking", has been around for quite some time, but this technique has taken off recently as makeup artists show off their tricks of the trade. You know those pictures of celebs and beauty gurus that have them looking like powdered donuts for a minute? This is exactly that. To master the art of "cooking" and "baking" your makeup, you'll need to set your concealer with a powder, applying an excess of product. This might look silly at first, but while you finish the rest of your makeup, the powder is warming up with your body heat. After a couple minutes, dust off the remaining powder to reveal crisp highlights and creaseless, long-wearing perfection. You go from an intentional mess to yes, yes, YAAAS! Check out some of our favorite setting and finishing powders so you can start getting your bake on!


Talk about luxury, there's French "cashmere" talc in this stuff! This cult product is a must-have because it's lightweight, sheer texture is basically the perfect Instagram filter. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, and long-wearing to give you lasting coverage and a natural finish. I'll take it! Click here to shop this product!


What a steal! This finely-milled powder masks fine lines and imperfections while improving the staying power of your makeup. Use this product to give you that Photoshop finish and you'll be sitting pretty! Click here to shop this product!


Apply this over your foundation or concealer and you're looking at 16 hours of wear! (Now that's what I like to hear!) Paired with the Dermablend line, makeup artists use this product to conceal birthmarks and tattoos during photo shoots. This is the real deal! Click here to shop this product!


Feeling fancy? Well, I found your fix! This loose powder is a pretty penny but it does the job and it does it well. Not only is the packaging beautiful (and also refillable!), it leaves you with the most flawless finish and you'll feel fab every time you whip this baby out. Treat yo' self! Click here to shop this product!


Super light and never cake-y, this powder perfects your canvas and leaves you feeling like a high-def hottie! A favorite among many, MUFE's HD powder seals your makeup and softens imperfections giving you a radiant, healthy glow. What more can you ask for in a product?! Click here to shop this product!


A little goes a long way with NYX's finishing powder and you'll love the results. Use this 100% pure mineral silica formula with any shade of foundation or on any tone of naked skin and be amazed by it's brightening, perfecting and long-wearing abilities! Experience it for yourself! Click here to shop this product!

Strobing: Soak Up the Spotlight!

Have you heard of strobing yet? The makeup world is raving! Seriously, you wouldn't think highlighting areas of your face could make such a difference! Contouring, also a popular trend, is all about chiseling out your features and highlighting the high points of your face to give it a flawless finish. Strobing nixes the contour powders and bronzers and focuses on that glowy sheen that catches the light just right — giving you a healthy, vibrant glimmer! When you aren't feeling a full face of makeup, apply your favorite highlighter (check out some of our favorites!) on the top of your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, under the arch of your brow, your cupid's bow and maybe even on the tip and bridge of your nose to add dimension to your features. Since highlighters catch the light, strobing draws your eyes to the subtle, barely there shimmer. Whenever you want to play up a feature, or just look like a glowy goddess, whip out the highlighter and get to strobing! 

Curious to see this method in action? Watch some of our favorite beauty gurus show you how it's done!

Desi Perkins


Tina Yong

Bronze Beauty

Throughout history, the beauty of the human form has been captured by artists by means of bronze sculptures. They are strong, opulent, and shimmer in the sunlight. (All things a Glamazon strives for, am I right?) How do you bring this sort of aesthetic to your beauty regime? Easy: Bronzing Powder! Sweep some over your the high points of face for that perfect sun-kissed, "I just got back from Turks and Caicos" glow! Contour the hollows of your cheeks and intensify your features! Use it as eyeshadow for a subtle way to bring out your eyes! The possibilities are endless, but if you're looking for a touch of color (without slapping on the SPF and dealing with sand in all sorts of places) we've got you covered. Click on any product to shop it!


Nars Bronzing Powder, $39

Nars Bronzing Powder is super smooth in texture and is great for building up intensity. There's a slight golden shimmer that you can barely detect, but it adds just enough radiance for a warm, healthy complexion. You won't ever look flat or pasty with this stuff! There are three shades to choose from that will compliment any skin type. So... what are you waiting for? Get to swatching!

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, $95

This baby is a petty penny but man, is it worth it! You know those makeup products that make you feel like a million bucks? This is definitely of them. The rich tone is enhanced by tiny gold flecks that are not too overpowering and bring the perfect amount of dimension to any makeup look. Sweep this all over your face for a glow that lasts all day. Quality + Pigmentation + Luxe Packaging? I'm sold!

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, $40

If you're looking for color range, Bobbi has you covered. With six equally stunning shades, you won't have trouble finding a color that suits you. This is the first matte on the list so if you're not into the shimmer, I'd give this one a go. It makes bronzing and contouring a dream with it's soft texture and natural brown and red undertones that never make you look orange or "dirty." Your healthy glow will stay put and you'll have your girlfriends wondering when you went to the beach and why you went without them!

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $3.99

That's right, you read that correctly, it's under 5 bucks! Rimmel knows exactly how to get you your bang for your buck with this bronzing powder. Not only is it waterproof, but the shades range from shimmer to matte and there's even some with added SPF! If you're just starting out, this is the perfect bronzing powder for you, it's a budget-friendly and quality product that will be a great addition to your collection. 

Guerlain 'Terracotta Joli Tient' Bronzing Powder, $53

This silky smooth bronzer leaves you with satin finish and a sun-kissed glow that is totally worth smiling about. Guerlain knows radiance and with 8 perfectly blended tones, you'll have an effortless pop of color that brings out your beauty! Did I mention this stuff smells amazing? It has both sweet and floral notes giving this product a unique, subtle fragrance that just adds the luxury of the experience. I get to look tan AND smell nice? I'll take it!

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow, and Contour Powder, $20

This staple is sitting in my makeup bag right now. It's that good! The gorgeous glow this bronzing power gives is just the pick me up you need for when you are feeling flat and dull. The Balm claims that this an all-in-one, all-over face product and, boy, do I agree! My favorite thing to do is to add a little to my crease when doing a smoky eye. It acts as a natural transition color while avoiding harsh edges and brings the whole look together. You can't go wrong with this matte shade, it's great for building up to your desired bronzed effect! A little goes a long way with this one!

It's Prime Time!

When I apply my makeup in the morning, I'm banking on it lasting all day. That's why a primer is a must in any beauty regime. After cleansing and moisturizing, the first step in my routine is to perfect my skin with a primer. This miracle concoction improves the staying power of your foundation and creates an invisible barrier between skin and makeup that locks in moisture. It also allows for a smooth surface, blurring out fine lines and hiding pores so you are left with a flawless finish.  Even if you're opting to go make-up free, a little primer goes a long way! It's like a mini-Photoshop tool in your makeup kit! Once you take the plunge, you will be amazed at how one little step makes a world of difference. Curious? We've listed our faves so you can decide for yourself if this is the latest must-have for your collection! Click any product to shop it! 

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36

Holy grail comes to mind when I think about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. A favorite among makeup artists and makeup junkies alike, this lightweight gel blurs imperfections and leaves you with flawless skin! If you're looking for a smooth, perfect base for makeup application, look no further. And now with various formulas to choose from (redness reducing, blemish control, dark spot correcting, etc.), you can find your perfect match. Happy skin, here I come!

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, $14.99

Covergirl and Olay have always been household names in the makeup and skin care world but put them together and something magical happens! Apply a small amount, you'll instantly feel fresh-faced and fantastic! On top of reducing fine lines and firming up the skin, this silky formula hydrates and boosts elasticity! Double win!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $52

Hourglass marries purpose and perfection with this bottle of gold! It's everything you could ever wish for in a primer: it increases lasting power of foundations, blurs our pores and fine lines, reduces redness while smoothing skin for an even complexion, repels water, it's a lightweight formula that never feels heavy or greasy, AND it has a SPF 15! Indulge in this baby and your skin will thank you!

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer, $31

This primer may as well be bottled magic. Need to minimize pores? Even-out your skin? Need your makeup to last all day? Check, check and check! With it's subtle tint, you can even opt out of using foundation all together leaving you with a smooth, matte finish. It's the real deal when it comes to skin perfection! 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer "Radiance," $34

Who doesn't love a glow-y, radiant finish? Shine from the inside out with this opalescent gel primer that does wonders for your complexion. It's long-wearing, colorless, and has Vitamin A, E, and C which combat against anti-aging, ALL while smoothing out skin tone for a perfect base with just a tiny dab! Need I say more? 

L'Oreal Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base, $12.99

If you're looking for a product that you can wear on it's own while still feeling like your skin is looking it's best... then you've found it! L'Oreal's lightweight formula applies effortlessly onto your skin leaving you with a smooth, satin finish. Not only does it improve skin texture, but it also combats redness! Add some foundation and say, "Hello, flawless!"

5 Bronzing Powders We're Obsessing Over

I'm sure you have at least one bronzing powder in your beauty arsenal, and whether you're using it to help contour your face, or it's just a finishing touch to your sun-kissed beauty routine,  you probably know by now that not all bronzing powders are created equal. This is why we've decided to share our top picks with you to help you narrow down your choices by taking a look at the cream of the bronzing crop. So if you're in the market for this favorite beauty essential, you'll definitely want to check out some of our top picks. 


Maybelline Mineral Power Bronzer

Maybelline's Mineral Power Bronzer is a great budget-friendly option that has been tested on sensitive skin and contains no oils or fragrances. At just under $10, this loose powder is a bargain of a beauty buy that will help you achieve the perfect glow. Buy it here.


Milani Bronzer XL

Milani's Bronzer XL is another affordable option for those of us who are looking to achieve a sun-kissed radiance, without putting a dent in our pocketbooks. At just $10, this duo of bronzing and highlighting powders is the perfect 2-in-1 compact for beauty lovers who want to add a natural looking, tanned base and a bit of a shimmer without buying two separate beauty products. Buy it here

Stila Sun Bronzer

Stila's Sun Bronzer is not only a bronzing powder, it also packs protection against the suns harmful rays — giving you a beautifully baked effect without the dangers of UV.  It's great for an all-over glow, and at $28, is our mid-range pick. Buy it here.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Bronzing Powder is perhaps one of the most perfect bronzing powders on the market. This pressed powder delivers a seriously flawless glow that blends with perfection. It's sheer and leaves the skin looking luminous and sun-kissed. At $40, it's not the cheapest of its kind, but it's definitely not the most expensive and is worth every penny for the serious makeup lover. Buy it here.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze

If you're willing to spend a couple of extra bucks for that perfect, sun-kissed glow, then look no further than Marc Jacobs Beauty's O!MEGA Bronze. This giant-sized, not so compact, powder never fails to leave skin looking flawlessly finished and incredibly radiant. It also has built-in conditioning agents that ensure your skin stays healthy and looking smooth. It's $49 price tag is still not the most expensive option out there, and you do get a lot of bang for your buck. It's huge. Buy it here.