How to Cover a Bad Scar
Embarrassing scars, no matter where they are on your body, can bring unwanted attention to something you don't want to talk about. While microdermabrasion and laser therapy can help reduce the appearance of scarring, covering your scars with makeup can be a low-cost, short-term alternative to surgery or dermatological treatment. The right technique can make your scar less noticeable so you don't have to feel embarrassed or defined by your scarring.
Apply a moisturizer with at least an SPF of 15 before you attempt to cover your scar. Because the skin on a scar has less pigment than your natural skin, it's more prone to sun damage and sunburn, Stephen Kurtin, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine tells MotherNature.com. Moisturizer smooths the skin for better makeup application and better coverage.
Dip your ring finger into a small pot of concealer that is one shade lighter than your natural skin tone. A lighter concealer, especially if it has a green tint, can help tone down any redness or inflammation. Use your ring finger to tap the concealer over the scar. Your ring finger has a lighter touch than your index finger. Look for a concealer with a thicker consistency. You'll need to add enough concealer to bring the scar flush with the rest of your skin.
Smooth foundation over your entire face if that's where you're scarred. If you're covering a scar somewhere else on your body, just smooth foundation around the scar for about 3 inches in each direction to blend the concealer with your skin tone. Mineral foundation is especially helpful for covering scars, as it mimics your skin's natural texture for more natural coverage.
Sweep a translucent powder over the entire area to help set the foundation and make it last longer. It can also tone down any shininess that your scar may have.
Dip a few cotton swabs into your concealer and drop them in a zip-top bag. Pack them in your bag or purse and bring them along for touch ups. If you're sweating, go swimming or rubbing you scar a lot, you'll need to touch up your makeup for the best coverage. Using cotton swabs to apply your makeup while out ensures that you don't have to carry your makeup bag with you, and that you always have a fresh and clean applicator, notes the Cosmetic Skin and Surgery Center.
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