I Basically Painted My Face Blue, Orange and Pink to Get a More Flawless Complexion

Come correct, color!
Publish date:
February 17, 2016
brightening, algae, dark circles, hyper-pigmentation, Algenist, Color Correction

Any kind of utilitarian makeup that requires a full-on instructional to apply is generally not anything I go for. Contouring? Just use bronzer under your cheekbones. Foundation airbrush? Get that thing away from me. Palettes... in general?

And then Marci challenged me to make a human-looking face with these new Algenist REVEAL Color Correcting Drops. I happen to like Algenist because they use ingredients sourced from algae (in this case, pigments from different types of algae) and combine science with natural ingredients. So I took them with me to experiment.

There are four of them: pink, apricot, green, and blue. The way they work is by canceling out undesirable tones or brightening and evening.

But that's still hella confusing. Why would I need blue anything on my face unless it's shimmery eyeshadow?

The drops are incredibly light — watery almost — and layer pigment thinly so you can build. You can mix them into your concealer/foundation/moisturizer for an all over tint tweak, or apply them to targeted areas, like your under-eye area — usually a place that you want to color-correct.

Gaze upon my naked face, wearing naught but a very fancy NARS moisturizer. I usually struggle with dark areas under my eyes and around my nose. My forehead is somehow still holding fast to that summer tan while the rest of my face... is not. Here a freckle, there a freckle — oh wait, that's a pigmented spot from a zit I picked ages ago. Anyway, welcome to my face!

Using my very first Beautyblender, which I'm pretty sure is just an egg-shaped makeup sponge, I dropped some blue stuff on the back of my hand, patted it with this dampened egg, and then proceeded to beauty-blend it all over my under-eye area.

The blue one says it corrects sallow skin and darkness. I'm of the opinion that people throw the word sallow around to mean similar but slightly different things, so color me impressed when this actually did brighten the heck out of my eye area. I really went big with this because the natural lighting makes it a bit difficult to photograph and I want you to see this blue placement.

But no one actually wants blue under-eyes, right? That's where apricot comes in.

Though it looks peachy-orange in the bottle, with its super-sheer consistency, this apricot business really evened me out and left me with a brighter overall complexion. Some spots are still visible underneath, but they aren't so noticeable. This is light-coverage makeup, but it's really buildable, and it leaves a silky primer-like finish so you can layer foundation on top if you want.

I didn't use the green since it wouldn't really benefit my olive complexion the way it would someone with pale skin and visible capillaries. Green is meant to combat redness and the areas where I would be red (like around my nose) are usually, so I've recently come to learn, "sallow." So not quite red, but kind of brownish? That's why the blue works for me in those instances.

Playing around with the pink, which is meant to brighten dullness, I used it on top of my cheekbones and blended out toward my temples for a matte highlight effect. It indeed brightened that whole area.

But then it looked WAY too bright under stronger artificial lighting. So go easy on that pink. Honestly, this is a delicate balance. These color-correcting drops really do blend and layer well, so their strength lies in versatility. I honestly think I'd royally F up a color-correcting concealer palette because the consistency is too much like regular concealer that it'd be a gloppy nightmare on me unless done by a pro.

Thanks for coming on this color-correcting ride with me, it being my first time and all. I feel so vulnerable. It may not perfect, but it's my first day! It is really cool learning to easily and lightly even my complexion with a lot less concealer than I'd normally use, though.

  • Are you guys color-correcting pros?
  • How many other colors can you correct with? This rabbit hole goes DEEP (according to YouTube beauty tutorials).