Two effective ways to cover dark spots, melasma, chloasma, hyperpigmentation with make-up. Tried and true, via your best beauty blogger friend.
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How to cover dark spots with make-up for a flawless complexion
There are several factors that can determine the appearance of dark spots on our face. For example excessive exposure to the sun, hormonal therapies, pregnancies. But also the natural aging of skin.
Well, today I’m not going to tackle how to get rid of melasma, chloasma, and hyperpigmentation. I’m going to share two easy and effective ways to cover dark spots with the help of make-up.
How to cover dark spots with camouflage
Camouflage make-up consists of high-coverage products able to “erase” any type of discolouration. If your whole face is affected by hyperpigmentation, I recommend Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover foundation. A little goes a long way, and you will get an even complexion in a snap. As an alternative you can use a heavy-duty concealer to cover dark spots, such as Cover Cream by Dermablend Professional. And then apply a lightweight foundation on the rest of your face.
How to cover dark spots with color correcting
Color correcting consists in neutralizing hyperpigmentation with a colored concealer, before applying a lightweight foundation. Since our spots are brown, we will need a coloured concealer in shades of peach, orange, coraI red. I find Dermacolor by Kryolan very effective, hardly creamy and very pigmented. It melts on your skin and blends in beautifully. If you have melasma on your cheeks, as an alternative you can try a liquid rose-gold highlighter. Just apply a very thin layer on dark spots, tapping with your fingers or with a blender. After color correcting dark spots, apply a lightweight foundation on your whole face. For example, Double Wear Nude by Estée Lauder or Clinique’s Even Better Glow.
The main difference between camouflage and color correcting is that camouflage is somehow quicker. On the other hand, camouflage products are more dense and rich, not really suitable for a no-make-up look. So, if you are not in a rush and want a nude-looking make-up, it might be worth experimenting with coloured concealers or primers 🙂
If you are tired of reading, you can watch my short video on YouTube HERE.
My tried and true tips on how to cover dark spots
When it comes to covering brown spots, you might be tempted to apply a thick layer of concealer or foundation. Sadly, it won’t work, because the product is not going to stay in place. And the more you try to set it, the more cakey things will get! The trick is dabbing tiny amounts of product and letting it blend in with your skin. If necessary you can add another thin layer. Blend it in by patting gently with your fingers or a blender, and let it set before applying any other product over it.
And here we come to my second trick.
After covering brown spots with a camouflage or color correcting concealer, apply use a blender sponge to apply foundation. Pat and don’t brush, lest you should erase the nice coverage you have achieved. If you need to set your makeup with powder, once again pat gently, no brushing!
I hope my basic tips will be helpful for those of you loves who – like me – have to deal with melasma, chloasma, and hyperpigmentation. Feel free to ask any question on the matter, I will be glad to help!