In partnership with Joe Fresh; thoughts and opinions are my own. I have a number of fancy colour-correcting palettes and wands and cushions – and I pretty much never use them. That's partly because most of my collection just isn't conducive to back-of-the-Uber makeup time, and partly because I prefer a streamlined approach anyway, even when I do my face at home.
Things change though, when the right thing comes along. In this case, that right thing is a Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayon in yellow. And green. And maybe lavender.
Yellow corrector is ideal for brightening brownish dark circles on a fair/medium complexion like mine. Green tempers redness around the base of my nose and on my cupid's bow – on dehydrated days, it also knocks back redness in my cheeks.
I didn't think I had much use for the Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayon in lavender (it brightens dull skin), but I liked the effect so much when I used it, that it, too, has found a spot with its friends in The Makeup Case That Weighs My Backpack Down. Here, have a look at my before/during/after photos and how-to.
STEP 1: Joe Fresh Hydrating Primer ($12 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart) on bare skin. Yes, it's built with silicones, but water's the first ingredient, and propylene glycol and glycerin make the lightweight gel formula feel refreshing on skin and comfortable all day long. The primer helps the corrector glide on and blend easily, as well as keeps it in place.
STEP 2: Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayon in yellow ($6 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart) under my eyes as well as on the inner corners of my upper lids. I've got some extra puffiness under my eyes, and there are techniques to make that much less obvious – drawing on yer face with three shades of corrector like this and leaving it this way could work, right? (Although they're usually not this puffy, those under-eye pouches don't really bother me. I've always had 'em, no big deal. But I'm reminded of that time a cosmetic dermatologist showed me a digital version of what I might look like without 'em... *grin*)
Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayon in green ($6 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart) on cheeks, around the base of my nose and along my upper lip over the cupid's bow. I could probably have put some on my chin and along my jawline if I wanted to get rid of all the red, but where I want most control over the flush in my complexion is exactly where I've put it. A slightly deeper skintone around the perimeter puts the focus down the centre of my face...
...and I've enhanced that focus with the Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Crayon in lavender ($6 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart) on my forehead, down my nose (just short of the tip) and over my chin.
STEP 3: Blend the correctors on skin. I used a cosmetic wedge ($12 CAD per pack of 100 at Shoppers Drug Mart/beautyboutique.ca). In the above photo, I think you can still see a hint of each corrector colour; in real life, the green, yellow and lavender is more visible – my 12-year-old niece Lauren told me so. *grin*
A light dusting of pressed powder as a finisher would make this a fast, fresh face, but I wanted a bit more coverage this time.
STEP 4: Here's how my complexion looks now that I've stippled foundation and concealer (under eyes, on lids, around the base of my nose) on top. It's not a full-coverage formula – colour corrector is about tweaking the light-bounce from skin. I've adjusted the colour of that bouncing light by applying the correctors; a full-coverage foundation would completely mask that effort and thus render it a waste of time.
STEP 5: This is my finished look, after a touch of bronzer, highlighter, and tinted lip balm on cheeks and lips. (A slightly darker concealer on the puffiest areas under my eyes would visually reduce those pouches, but no matter. I'm about looking rested and fresh when possible, not about looking perfect.)
Final word on the Joe Fresh Colour Correcting Jumbo Crayons? The format makes them so easy to use and so easy to throw into a makeup kit. They're nicely creamy and a cinch to blend, and oh! You don't need a sharpener; they twist up and down!
Also, $6 CAD each. I love luxury makeup, sure, but I also love value at a price that makes my wallet smile too.
Whaddya think? Do you use a colour corrector or three? What format works best for you: liquid, cream or stick? And what's the least expensive staple in your makeup arsenal?