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How to Cover a Scar

How to Cover a Scar

Overview

There are special surgeries, such as scar revision that help reduce the appearance of scars, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. But if you don't want to spend the money or choose not to have surgery performed on your scar, you can cover it up using makeup. Depending on your scar, the use of makeup may blend your scar with the rest of your skin but it will not change its texture and it will still be noticeable up close. Consult with your dermatologist if you have very sensitive skin and exhibit allergies to makeup.

Step 1

Color match your skin color with the makeup. Go to a department store that carries different brands of makeup and ask their cosmeticians to perform makeup color matching tests on the area of your skin where you will be covering your scar. To do it on your own, observe your skin color and decide if it has pink of yellow undertones. Try swatches of foundations that match your undertone and the one that blends in and looks transparent will be the best match for your skin tone, according to the website Beauty and Nutrition. Don't worry if it does not fully cover your scar as you will be able to add a darker shade if you are tan with your blush.

Step 2

Clean the scarred area of your skin with a gentle antibacterial soap to make sure the area is free of dirt. This will help your foundation be more stable.

Step 3

Pat the scar dry using a soft towel, as you don't want to irritate the skin, which would make it harder to conceal.

Step 4

Moisturize your scar with an oil-free moisturizing cream that will soften your skin and help the foundation and concealer blend in.

Step 5

Apply your chosen foundation with a thin layer, using a soft sponge or your fingertips. Do not overdo it or your skin will look uneven.

Step 6

Let the foundation dry and apply a layer of liquid concealer before your set your foundation with a light dusting powder and use blush if desired.

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