How do I use body makeup so that it looks real?
With today’s revealing styles and naked legs, more and more women are using body makeup to cover up spider veins, freckles, nicks and bruises. (Don’t we all bump our legs constantly?) You may also want to use body makeup to even out your skin tone on your chest, legs, back or arms. If this is the case, remember that arms should match legs, and neck should match chest and back. It’s okay to use a sheer leg makeup (such as MAC’s Face and Body) a shade darker than your leg color if your arms are a little tan and your legs aren’t; but your legs should not be darker than your arms.
The key to making body makeup look real is: a) matching the color of your skin, and b) "setting" the makeup with powder. When covering a specific area of your skin that you would like to conceal, such as an age spot or spider vein, you need an opaque cream-based product for complete coverage. I love Dermablend (available in department stores) because it gives outstanding coverage and 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
powderthat is made to be used with it. Powder sets the makeup so that it won’t come off or smudge your clothing.
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.