Top Hacks for making spots, scars, blemishes vanish.
Makeup creates the art of illusion and holds the power of disguise which can only benefit us when we need to hide unwelcomed flaws, blemishes and the likes, on our faces.
To distinguish the difference between cover-up makeup and cosmetics used for a natural soft appearance, I have given you a breakdown of what to use, how to and where to use it. Awaken the artist in you and use these tips and tricks to vanish any unwanted skin damage, scars or spots.
Spots, Blemishes, Acne and Scars:
Camouflage unwanted spots and the redness that surrounds them with a general concealer. Concealer is available in many different forms. My favourite type is a thick creamy texture that will deposit enough coverage to hide discolouring and tone down the appearance of acne.
Large spots and tiered scars are the hardest to cover because of the shape and size. The best technique to disguise spots and scars is to use a metal or plastic spatula (anything with a flat base). Dip the spatula in the concealer and put a generous amount on. Then use the spatula to literally paint the spot with a heavy coat of makeup. Next with either a sponge or a concealer brush (these are thin and flat shaped) blend the concealer lightly out onto the skin.
It is best to always apply concealer after your foundation. This way you ensure that you have a base for your concealer to glide on which then becomes easier to blend.
Cover dark sun spots, usually brown in colour with a camouflage liquid or crème concealer. The trick to hiding spots of this nature is to look to the colour wheel to determine which shade of cosmetics to use. Corrective concealer neutralises undesired under tones of the skin. For brown or chocolate coloured sun marks opt for a camouflage crème rich in warm tones such as peach, apricot or orange. The warmth of the tone will cover the spot and make it appear one with your skin. Apply your foundation above this for an even all over finish.
Birth Marks, Pigmentation and Sun damage
Firstly try to hide marks, damage from the sun and deep pigmentation with a cream or powder based foundation. If the foundation fails to give you enough coverage, and this will depend on how scarred the skin is, then try a colour tint.
Colour tint is a concealer based on the colour wheel theory. A colour tint is a green, mauve, yellow or amber coloured concealer used to counteract the colour of the scar being disguised. They can also be mixed into foundation to alter its colour or used underneath your everyday foundation. Colour tints require blending and/or mixing to achieve a natural look. Follow the guide below to help you choose the right shade.
Mauve veins or under eye circles – Use: Yellow or Peach concealer
Red capillaries, veins or scars (birthmarks) – Use: Green concealer
Blue veins, marks, scars – Use: Orange or Peach concealer
To conceal and hide the appearance of lines on your face is less about product and more about application. Spend time to create, blend and master your foundation base before applying more makeup. Ensure to use the correct brushes and applicators.
Use a foundation light in texture like a liquid or a mousse. Spread it out with a flat and synthetic brush using light brush strokes. This will ensure the makeup sits evenly on your skin and doesn’t sink into lines. Stay away from thick creams and cover-cake cosmetics, these will only enhance wrinkles and make them appear deeper.
Use a small fluffy brush when applying concealer around your eyes. This will ‘buff’ the makeup onto the skin and give off a great natural look.
For great coverage around eyes without the heavy cake-like finish some concealer can give, mix it with your eye cream before applying it. This changes the texture and gives a soft, silky smooth appearance – leaving you line-free.
Makeup may not change the shape of the face, but it can create the illusion of balanced features. Careful use of contouring and concealing may produce a more proportionate face by shading features that are too full or large, and by highlighting areas that are too small or thin, and covering unwanted scars and blemishes.