Don't feel self-conscious about your appearance when you get unsightly blemishes, spider veins or even unexpected dark circles. All you need to know is what top celebrities and super models know how to cover it up. Basically you want to cover the flaw with liquid makeup, then set with powder. For examples on how to do this well, check out the tips below from top makeup artists.
To Cover Blemishes:
- Lightly dampen your face with water and then pat on a gentle oil-free moisturizer. Let it absorb.
- If it's pink or red, you're going to cover the redness using a dab of foundation. First, add a drop of oil-free moisturizer to the tips of your fingers or makeup sponge (whichever you prefer using), then apply your foundation with a light patting motion, placing that mixture softly onto the red areas. (Don't rub!) Let it set a minute.
- If it's inflamed, you need to use concealer that stays put.Dermablend is a good one to try because it has a thick consistency and is packed with pigment. Always start with the smallest amounts of concealer, and then build. Dab the concealer onto the blemish with a small concealer brush or Q-tip, then gently cover with foundation.
- Finish with translucent powder, brushing lightly to hold.
To Cover Dark Circles:
- For an easy fix, mix your concealer with a little bit of your foundation and dab it on the circles with a concealer brush. Gently pat it into your skin, making sure you cover the inside corner of your eye, too. Dark-circle days are the wrong time to accentuate your eyes, so stay away from heavy eye makeup and stick with a light dusting of bronzing powder to brighten your whole face and draw attention away from your under-eye area.
- Choose the right shade foundation. Since the dark circles are bluish grey, choose a product that has a yellow-gold base. (The gold will counteract the blue of the undereye circle).
- The most common mistake women make when applying concealer is choosing a color that's too light -- this only achieves a "reverse raccoon" effect. Another common problem: putting the concealer only under the eye. You should apply it all around the eye area, even in areas that aren't dark. Just be sure to blend well.
- Set the concealer with a light dusting of translucent face powder so that it stays put. And to avoid drawing attention to your under-eye area, don't apply eyeliner or mascara to your lower lashes.
- Often, the inner corner of the eye is the darkest part and you can't get it with concealer or foundation. A white eye pencil will cover it. Some companies manufacture a blueish or white pencil just for this purpose.
To Cover Spider Veins:
- On legs: The key to making body makeup look real is to use a product that matches the color of your skin and "set" the makeup with powder. Use an opaque cream-based product for complete coverage. Dermablend is ideal (available in department stores) because it gives outstanding coverage. (An added bonus, the people at the counter can help you find the right shade.) When you buy the body makeup, don’t forget to always buy the clear powder that is made to be used with it. Powder sets the makeup so that it won’t come off or smudge your clothing.
- On your face: Applying the makeup is easy: Pat the concealer on the area you want to cover with a latex sponge, and blend into your skin; pat powder over makeup using a powder puff (you want to really saturate the area with powder); then brush off any extra powder with a wide, fluffy powder brush. Dermablend sells a powder made specifically to "set" the color. By applying their products properly, you’ll have a finish that is nontransferable (won’t rub off) and waterproof. You will need an oil-based remover to clean the makeup off.