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- Color-correcting is a common makeup trick that uses principles from the color wheel to neutralize discoloration like redness, sallowness, and more.
- The mint-green color in Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 helps neutralize redness on my cheeks and around my nose so well that I don’t even need foundation.
- It also moisturizes and protects with SPF 30 so I can streamline my skin-care routine.
Even though I’ve been writing about beauty for several years, I haven’t tried any color-correcting makeup in fear that I’ll wind up looking like a Twister map with multi-colored dots all over my face.
But I finally decided to try this color-correcting moisturizer from Dr. Jart+ after several recommendations and seeing more than 1,000 reviews on Sephora — and I’m so glad I did.
Color-correcting is a makeup technique that uses color wheel principles to help neutralize redness and dark spots, brighten up dark undereye circles, or perk up a dull complexion. Products range from primers, moisturizers, concealers, foundations, and more in shades of green, peach, purple, and yellow to neutralize discoloration before you apply makeup.
When done correctly, color-correction can help make your skin look like you slept 10 hours and drank a gallon of water. But if you use too much product or don’t blend completely, you might end up looking patchy.
“I don’t think it’s super necessary to use so much color-correction daily, but it helps brighten under the eyes, and for redness,” makeup artist Deanna Melluso says. “Just remember to keep it super light.”
One of the more common color-correctors on the market are green-tinged products meant to counter redness.
Cue Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30. It’s light green in the jar, but transforms into a beige color as you blend the product onto your skin.
After my usual skin-care routine of cleanser, essence, toner, and serum, I’ll use a bit of the Dr. Jart moisturizer all over my face, focusing on my cheeks and around my nose where I have some redness. It’s slightly thick so a little goes a long way, and I have to work the product into my skin well otherwise I wind up looking like a ghost. But the extra 15 seconds of work is worth it for me because I can skip foundation and concealer afterwards. It also has SPF 30 so my skin is protected from sun damage too.
Most (if not all) mornings, I’m running late so I’m always looking for ways to streamline my beauty routine. This little green tub of magic takes care of my moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, and concealer — so yea, it’s pretty clutch.
I have a fair skin tone so the beige color (once the product is blended) works for me, but I can see how this moisturizer might not work for everyone. It contains titanium dioxide, an ingredient that powers mineral sunscreen and dries opaque. According to Emmy award-winning makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, titanium dioxide can look gray or ashy on deeper skin tones. If you have a deeper skin tone but still want to use this moisturizer to help cut down on redness, you might find that you still need to use your regular foundation or concealer afterwards.
There are a ton of green color-correctors out there if you’re looking for one, but this moisturizer from Dr. Jart+ checks all the boxes for me. It’s easy to use, it simplifies my beauty routine, and because a little bit goes a long way, the $52 investment will last me for a while.