My Green Color Corrector Doubles as the Perfect Mint Eye Shadow

I endorse makeup in all forms and finishes. Feel free to cover your face in crystals, glitter, and colored liner. (I do on a daily basis.) Color correctors are where I draw a line, though. They just don't make sense to me. I mean, I understand them from a color theory perspective. With the right foundation and concealer shades, you don't really need that extra layer of product on your face, though. And let's be real, the concept of color correcting perpetuates that you need to fix something on your face that probably doesn't need to be.

I have, however, found a use for color correctors that make more sense to me. I prefer to use them in off-label ways. Sometimes, I swap in a lilac one for highlighter if my skin needs a boost of brightness. And lately, I've been subbing in a green one for eye shadow.

I first spotted this color corrector alternative use on makeup artist Molly R. Stern's Instagram. In a recent post, she dabbed the Chanel Le Correcteur de Chanel Colour Corrector in Correcteur Vert on Iris Apatow's lids in the place of shadow. "I wanted a matte pastel shade for the tutorial, and we didn’t have the right eyeshadow," Stern tells Allure. "So I got creative."

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Matte minty shadows are hard to find; I can attest to that. I've never tried a seafoam eye look because I've never been able to track down the right product. Every other variation of green in between has been incorporated into my makeup routine, though, including lime, forest, and emerald. So when I spotted this unexpected pastel green shadow alternative on Stern's Instagram, I had to put it to the test.

Per Stern's suggestion, I started off by dabbing the same Chanel one onto my lids with my fingertip. (The Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Pen is a good drugstore option.) This created a soft, matte, diffused effect that didn't scream look at my green eye shadow. Instead, it gives lids more of an even, luminous look.

For a more opaque, intensely mint effect, I layered more color corrector on with the E.L.F. Flat Eyeshadow Brush. Then, I painted wings on the inner and outer corners of my eyes with the edge of the brush. The combo of the shape and the color created a fun mod look that I was extremely into.

If you've used a cream or liquid eye shadow like the Milk Makeup Eye Pigment before, then the application is basically the same. However, the green color corrector doesn't wear as well. After a couple of hours, I noticed creasing and fading. Next time (there will definitely be a next time), I'll keep this tip in mind from Stern: "Dust on either a matching tone of eye shadow or gently press on a translucent powder and sweep off the excess. This should secure the color."

So if you happen to fall into the world of color-correcting only to realize it's trash, you can recycle the product as an eye shadow. Or you could let it die at the bottom of your makeup bag — it's up to you.

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