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Colour Correcting Makeup: Which Colours Offset Yellow, Red and Purple Tones

Back to Beauty School: What Colours Offset Different Tones

Back in primary school we learnt about primary colours and what happened when you mixed them. We oohed and ahhed as we created pretty purples using red and blue and painted the grass green when we blended yellow and blue. But many people don't know that a similar technique can be applied to beauty, too. So if you're looking to boost your radiance, get rid of those dark circles or hid a blemish, we've got just the ticket.

Purple helps to counteract yellow tones. Biotherm White D-Tox Make Up Base Violet SPF30 ($49) is Biotherm's most popular makeup base. Why? Because it helps to counteract yellow tones, making it a popular primer for Asian skin tones. For a limited time only you can pick up a 75ml super-sized version ($99).

Keep reading . . .Coral helps to boost radiance. Working a coral-toned product into your makeup routine is the easiest way to fake a fresh-faced glow when you're feeling tired and your skin has any unflattering blue-grey tones running throughout. Our magic trick is blending some NARS Orgasm Illuminator ($69) in with our foundation or tinted moisturiser. A pea-sized amount is all you need for an instant lift. A pink product also has the same effect so give L'Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Anti-Dull Skin Primer in Pink ($37.95) a whirl if your budget's tight.

Green helps to offset red. There's nothing worse than a bright red blemish. Your average skin-toned concealer just won't cut it. You need something green to counteract the red first. Try Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer in Green ($36) or Maybelline Coverstick Concealer Corrector Green ($13.95). Green's great if you suffer from rosacea. Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Adjusting Foundation Primer in Adjust ($54.95) is a good colour-correcting base.

Yellow counteracts purple tones. Got dark-circles? Then get a yellow-toned concealer. It'll help solve all your problems as the yellow offsets the purple tones. Winner. Try Maybelline Coverstick Concealer Corrector Yellow ($14.50). Benefit Lemon-aid ($36).

Stockists: Biotherm (1300 668 450), L'Oréal (1300 659 259).

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