Bye, Redness and Dark Circles—These TikTok-Approved Color Correctors Do It All

Have you ever put on a full face of makeup only to realize that, for some reason, your skin still looks a bit off? It could be for any number of reasons—maybe the skin under your eyes is taking on a bluish tinge, maybe your skin looks a bit gray toned, or maybe redness is peeping through. You might be missing a key ingredient for a flawless finish: a color corrector

Color correctors have gained quite a bit of traction on TikTok this year, with quite a few of them going mega-viral. (We're looking at you, Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment.) Color correctors have been staples in makeup artists' kits for years, though. The trick to perfect color correcting is knowing how to pick the right one for you.



To understand color correction, let's go back to the color wheel. Color correction is essentially based on complementary colors, or colors opposite each other on the color wheel. To cancel out redness, you'd go for a green pigment. To cancel out blue, you'd pick orange, and purple would cancel out yellowness. Once you understand which color to pick for the pigmentation you're trying to cover up, you'll be able to achieve a more even-toned complexion.


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We found the absolute best color correctors to use for every circumstance, from the TikTok-famous color correctors to makeup artist recommendations to best sellers. Keep reading to choose the color corrector that's best for you, and get ready for your makeup to look flawless.

The Makeup Artist–Approved Color Correctors

Live Tinted Huesticks are formulated specifically with darker skin in mind. Orange pigments work to cancel out purple and blue tones that might crop up when you're dealing with hyperpigmentation. The best part? You can use this stick on the eyes, lips, and cheeks, and it comes in a variety of colors. "Live Tinted Huestick Correctors are great for deeper tones," says celebrity makeup artist Grace Pae. "It has the perfect orange/red shades to neutralize any discoloration or darkness under the eyes or anywhere on the face. It comes in a crayon form, which makes it so convenient to just swipe on anywhere you need correction."

If you're always switching between concealers, this palette has four different concealer shades and two color correctors for a skin-like finish. Celebrity makeup artist Christine Cherbonnier says she finds herself reaching for this palette most often. "The colors in these palettes are so gorgeous, especially when working with deeper skin tones, and they blend easily under most concealers," she says.

"This is a staple in my kit," says makeup artist and groomer Janice Kinjo. "The buildable, highly pigmented shades can cover any dark circle, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration under your makeup."

Four different peachy shades varying from light to nearly red help conceal dark circles on a wide variety of skin tones. Kinjo and Cherbonnier both swear by this color corrector. "I love the consistency of these. They are easy to blend but still a matte finish, so it doesn't add any extra oil or shine to the skin," says Cherbonnier. "I also love the red-based colors in the correctors. They add amazing coverage under eyes, helping to cancel out any blue or green discoloration."

"YSL Touché Eclat is a classic corrector and brightener," says Pae. "I've used these for years, and they're the perfect balance for a no-makeup makeup look. These are great for on the go when you don't have time to do a full makeup look but just want to look more polished and awake."

This two-toned corrector is a staple in Pae's kit. "One side corrects discoloration and darkness under the eyes, then the other side brightens the under-eye area," she explains. "It has great coverage and is also very moisturizing, so it melts into the skin like butter."

The TikTok–Famous Color Correctors

This innovative SPF is tinted green to cancel out redness, and the addition of cica helps calm skin. The best part about this treatment is that you can use it with or without makeup. A friend was dealing with redness, so we let him test-drive this SPF, and now, he won't leave his house without putting it on. It makes his skin look filtered and even all by itself. 

This set of color-correcting concealers is a must for anyone who wants to cover common concerns. The green concealer covers redness, the yellow helps with milder types of redness like broken capillaries and dark circles, and the orange conceals hyperpigmentation and dark circles on darker skin tones. 

This drugstore concealer palette doesn't crease or feel heavy on skin. Use it to cover just about every concern you can think of, like redness, blue tones, hyperpigmentation, and sallow skin. 

If you prefer multitasking makeup, opt for this all-in-one concealer. It's packed with color-correcting pigments specifically designed to cancel out dark circles. 

This palette is full of sheer shades that are easy to build and blend for customizable coverage. The palette also has two finishing powders to even skin tone, brighten, and set the color correctors. 

This peach-tinted under-eye corrector works wonderfully for dark-circle coverage on warm to medium skin tones. It's also hydrating and buildable. 

This innovative cream works wonders against redness. It goes on green but changes to beige as you blend, so it leaves skin glowing and even toned. Not only does it correct redness, but it's also chock-full of peptides to leave your skin hydrated and flake-free. 

The Best-Selling Color Correctors

This cream is basically a redness-reducing miracle in a jar. It goes on as a moisturizer that soothes skin, and color-correcting pigments provide full coverage for a flawless finish. 

This multitasking stick foundation has phytosphingosine, a compound that helps calm redness and irritation while delivering moisture to the skin. 

Primers are the perfect chance to color correct and smooth skin at the same time. Apply this primer before your foundation to neutralize redness. 

Formulated specifically for dark circles, this under-eye corrector comes in tons of different shades for seamless color correcting across a variety of skin tones. 

Don't let powder foundations scare you—this one delivers a flawless finish. This formula self-adjusts to even skin tone. 

Like Nars's beloved Creamy Concealer, this color corrector goes on seamlessly and doesn't crease or cake under makeup. 

Make Up For Ever has a line of primers specifically made to color correct. Choose from a variety of colors to target dullness, redness, hyperpigmentation, or sallowness.

Use this color-correcting stick on any part of your face that needs blue tones canceled, or opt for the green version to fight redness.