How to Hide Scars

How to Hide Scars


Scars caused by accidents or burn scars caused by radiation used in treatment to eradicate cancer, especially when on the face, often are the cause of anxiety and lack of confidence. Camouflage makeup is a wonderful tool to hide this disfiguring scarring and its simple to apply when you know how.

Your doctor can advise you when you can begin to wear makeup after surgery or treatment. Normally it’s when the swelling or stitches have been removed and the wound has healed.

A good makeup tip is to take time to prepare the skin before you reach for the foundation. Remember to use your makeup products sparingly, as too much makeup will only enhance the problems your trying to conceal.

Begin by applying a non-oily moisturizing lotion to your clean face. Always use a moisturizer that is not tinted and has sunscreen. While this is important for any skin, it is crucial for facial scars; exposure to the sun can make your scarring appear more red and dark than it is.

Next use a silicone-based primer and pat sparingly on your face with your fingertips. Primer fills in any pitted or dimpled areas on your skin, minimizing the appearance of scars (and wrinkles), and allows your makeup to go on more smoothly. Primer will also help your makeup to look fresh and your makeup will last far longer.

Concealer tips: if your scar is still an angry red, use a green-tinted concealer as this counteracts the redness. I find that Bare Minerals, Covermark and Dermablend work really well on radiation burn scaring. For better scar coverage pick a concealer with a corrective hue undertone to cover scars and use a green undertone to cover red-toned scars and mauve undertones to cover blue-toned scars.

Always apply concealer gently over your scars using a sterile cosmetic sponge and blend outwards into the surrounding areas of skin.

Choose a matte mousse foundation as this will provide a good coverage and does not attract and reflect light and works better on scars than a liquid foundation which can be reflective.

Using your cosmetic sponge apply a small amount of foundation; use enough to make your skin look smooth and scar-free. Blend well around your neckline so there is no distinguishable mark between the colour of your face and the colour of your neck.

A light, translucent powder is the last step for scar coverage. The powder is not used to camouflage scars, but is rather used to set makeup so that it stays put and does not smear. The powder also gets rid the shiny appearance on skin caused by the concealer and foundation. Brush on the translucent powder, using a large powder brush. Apply enough powder to make your foundation look matte.

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Karen Loraine – The Makeup Box Studio, Horsham

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