How to Find Your Huestick Shade

Hey Tint Fam! Today we’re addressing some of our most frequently asked questions from you, including what is color correcting, and how to pick the right Huestick shade for your color correction. We put together this guide that breaks down everything in easy steps, so that anyone who wants to Huestick, can! 

Before we start, we want to remind all of you beautiful people that makeup is very much a choice. All faces and skin tones are beautiful, whether they’re rocking natural skin or full glam (and everything in between)! We created the Huesticks based on feedback from community members who frequently reported that they struggle with hyperpigmentation such as dark spots and dark circles, that they wish could be properly covered by makeup (which tends to make them look gray due to the discoloration). For these people, we recommend color correctors - specifically, the Huesticks - made by and for people of color, to streamline color correction and makeup application.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation refers to the areas of the skin that become deeper in color, or duller than the normal, surrounding skin.

What is color-correcting?

It’s the technique of using color, to correct issues with your skin tone (not that there is anything incorrect about you - this is the term used when it comes to makeup!). Unlike regular concealers and foundations that are simply made to cover, these red, orange, coral and pink Huestick formulas help target specific areas of the face that have hyperpigmentation. Most commonly but not limited to, under eye circles, dullness, dark spots and grey-areas etc., by canceling them out. While some mild skin discoloration can often be covered by foundation and concealer, applying a color corrector will give your skin a more even complexion and can give you the complete coverage you may want.

Expanding our color corrector shades.

We love hearing from our Tint Fam about how we can be more inclusive with our products. Many of you shared that PERK was too light and RISE was too deep for your color correcting needs, so we developed BALANCE. Set between PERK and RISE, BALANCE is that happy medium between a brightening pink and a radiant orange, perfect for melanated skin tones. You’ve shared your struggles of searching for the perfect coral for diverse skin tones and we heard you–we didn’t find one either, so we made it ourselves. 

And as some of you may know, FOUND was created during the development of the OG three color corrector Huesticks (PERK, RISE and ORIGIN), and we initially felt it was too deep to color correct. But boy did you prove us wrong! Tint Fam showed that FOUND proved to be a great way to color correct on the deepest of tones, so we’ve added it to our color correcting collection.

Our community is constantly evolving and finding new ways to use our products, and we thank you for your feedback and support on helping us create products that address your needs and help you celebrate your hues.

Now let’s talk about what y’all really want to know: How to color-correct!

It all comes down to 3 simple steps: 

  1. Decide where you want to correct, whether it’s your under eyes, or around your mouth, etc.
  2. Recognize the density of your hyperpigmentation.
  3. Pick the right shades to use to achieve your final look.

That’s all there is to the art of color correcting!

Step 1: To help decide where to correct, we recommend taking a look at your makeup free face, in a mirror and in natural lighting. Again, when the Huesticks are being used as correctors only, they work best on hyperpigmented areas which can be anything from dark circles, scars, sun damage and dark spots, to areas deeper than your natural skin color.

Step 2: Once you know which areas you want to address, you have to decide what the density of pigmentation is that you’re targeting, so you can find it on the color wheel. For example, did you pick your under eye circles in Step 1 and how deep are they? The same goes for dark spots and scars etc. It's important to identify the density so that you can use the right color corrector. A common misconception is that your color correcting shade directly correlates to only your skin tone -- this is a myth. The shade you pick is based on your skin tone AND the density of your hyperpigmentation, which has an undertone that is most commonly a shade of blue. 

Step 3:  Now the fun part! Picking the right Huestick shade. The Huesticks come in 5 different shades for correcting: PERK (peachy-pink), BALANCE (earthy coral), RISE (terracotta-orange), ORIGIN (truest-red), and FOUND (deep brick). Red and orange colors can help correct the blue and purple-ish hues that come from under-eye circles, as well as other dark spots, usually on deeper skin tones. Whereas pink, in general, can brighten blue-toned areas on fairer skin. Our BALANCE Huestick, a mixture of pink, orange, and red can meet the inbetween stage of correction and vibrance.

To help you pick the right shade, we created a color wheel!

The Live Tinted Color Wheel 

The Color Wheel helps you decide which Huestick shade you need, based on the density/color of your hyperpigmentation. To use the color wheel, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Start from the ‘HYPERPIGMENTATION’ circle (outermost edge of the wheel) and select the shade that most closely matches your hyperpigmentation, on the selected area of your face. This is your preliminary guiding point to choosing a shade. 

Step 2: Look at the corresponding color to your Hyperpigmentation shade, from the center wheel - that’s your Huestick shade!

Below, we’ve also included 5 community members all with different skin tones and diversified hyperpigmentation -  so when in doubt you can always search for someone who has hyperpigmentation similar to your own, to see what they use. 

@oumyzoomy uses FOUND to correct, based on her skin tone and the density of her hyperpigmentation. 

@shawty_cynthia uses ORIGIN to correct, based on her skin tone and the density of her hyperpigmentation.

@lifewithrimmi uses RISE to correct, based on her skin tone and the density of her hyperpigmentation.

@brittney.christinee uses BALANCE to correct, based on her skin tone and the density of her hyperpigmentation.  

@lildewybae uses PERK to correct, based on her skin tone and the density of her hyperpigmentation.  


After picking your Huestick:

Once you have your Huestick shade picked out, always remember that less is more. Gently apply your Huestick shade by warming it up with your fingers first and then directly dabbing it onto the areas you want. The natural warmth of your skin will help the product blend more seamlessly in your skin. With any corrector you have to follow with some kind of base product; whether that be just a concealer, a CC/BB Cream or foundation. The trick is to press, not swipe, the product into your face to ensure that the color corrector isn’t moved. You can see how Angie, a Pro MUA applies the Huestick on our Founder. 

That’s all things color correcting ready for you to try! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the above, as well as what other resources you want us to create. The key thing to remember is that this is not an exact science and it may take some trial and error to figure out what works best for you. 🧡

Shop the Huesticks today, just click here! #livetinted 

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