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Red Corrector: What is it for?

Products that were relatively unknown a few years ago, colour correctors are now well established in the cosmetics market. They come in various shades, each targeting a specific pigmentation concern. What is the purpose of a red corrector? Let's discover it together.

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Published March 25, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Colour Corrector: What are we talking about?

Colour correctors are cosmetic products similar to traditional concealers, with the exception that they offer a range of varied shades, going beyond skin tones. Their purpose is simple: to correct a pigmentation flaw using the theory of complementary colours. This theory is based on the colour wheel which displays a sequence of 12 colours in relation to each other. This tool proves particularly useful for understanding the relationships between colours and their perception by the human eye, a crucial concept in cosmetics.

When two complementary colours are mixed, their hues cancel each other out.

Complementary colours are those colours that are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel. For instance, yellow is complementary to purple. Applied just before the foundation, the colour correctors thus allow for a more uniform makeup base, which subsequently facilitates its application and enhances its appearance.

What is the significance of red correctors?

Red correctors have been formulated to neutralise their complementary colour, which is blue. They are traditionally used to diminish the appearance of vascular dark circles, which have a bluish hue. This type of dark circle is very common, particularly among those with fair skin, and indicates a slowdown in microcirculation of the blood. This is characterised by a bluish pigmentation on the lower eyelid due to the thinness of the skin in this area. Although vascular dark circles are a benign cosmetic issue, they can give an appearance of sadness and fatigue to one's gaze.

To remedy this, it is possible to apply a few drops of red corrector around the eye contour. The method of using this product is the same as that of a conventional concealer: take the equivalent of a grain of rice for each eye using your fingers or a makeup brush and distribute the product over your dark circles in small dots starting from the inner corner of the eye towards the outside. It is essential not to apply too much red corrector, as this can give an unnatural appearance. Then spread the product and gently tap on your dark circles to help it penetrate more easily. You can use a sponge for this if you wish. The important thing is not to rub the eye contour, due to the fragility of this area.

Tip : For an even brighter look, we recommend applying a concealer that matches your skin tone right after your red corrector. At Typology, we offer a tinted concealer available in six shades. In addition to effectively hiding your dark circles and illuminating this area of the face, this treatment is enriched with caffeine, an active ingredient known for its ability to stimulate blood circulation and reduce the visibility of vascular dark circles over the long term.

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