There are many skin conditions, including vitiligo, that mean a different approach to skincare and makeup needs to be taken. Of course the main aim with many of these skin conditions is to blend, conceal and cover them as discreetly as possible and in this blog we’re looking at some of the most common skin problems and makeup techniques to give you a clever cover.
An experienced makeup artist will be able to give you some solid advice about looking after skin with any of the skincare conditions we’re talking about so don’t be afraid to ask!
Skin Conditions and Makeup Solutions
What is it? Vitiligo creates white patches of skin on different parts of the body, often including the face. The real cause of this is not known, although it is thought to be lack of melanin. Although it can vary from person to person ranging from mild to severe, it is a long-term condition that can affect any age, sex or ethnicity.
The good news is that once you find a corrective makeup that works well with your skin type and complexion you should be able to completely cover even severe vitiligo. Covermark, for example, has a wide range of 22 natural shades, which can be perfectly matched to any skin tone.
A skilled skin camouflage practitioner such as Saj Neha, will be able to establish the best choice your for your skin.
If you’re doing this by yourself, bear in mind that many camouflage brands provide a sample kit so you can establish the best shade for your skin colour. Remember that you’re matching to your skin shade, not the white patches caused by the vitiligo.
Start with a blend of concealer and a good foundation base to provide a matte cover on which a silky loose powder can be applied for natural-looking cover that conceals and lasts all day.
Here are five steps to perfect vitiligo cover. You’ll often have to use a combination of effective products and remember that it can take several hours to apply for more severe cases so allow plenty of time if necessary.
- Your starting point should always to be to make sure your skin is clean and free from any excess oil. Cleanse and tone before you begin.
- First use your fingertips to apply a good layer of concealer to provide a good base.
- Next apply a really good foundation base and start with a thin layer.
- Gradually add to this, blending as you go to get a natural, even finish.
- Add a silky loose power for natural-looking cover to hide any shine and with a good quality product will last all day.
Always use hypoallergenic products for any of the skin problems we are talking about in this blog.
It’s easy to feel embarrassed and self-conscious about a severe case of vitiligo, but don’t be. Don’t let it affect your self-esteem because there is so much you can do to conceal and camouflage it. Or, be bold and do the exact opposite!
If you want some inspiration, you don’t have to look much further than Canadian fashion model Winnie Harlow on the cover of this Italian fashion magazine.
Blemishes, acne and acne scars
What is it?: Blemishes, acne and spots are caused by a build up of bacteria in the pores, excessive shedding of skin cells, hormones and the release of too much oil from the glands. They are particularly common in teenagers and severe cases of acne can also leaving scarring.
Clever cover: With skincare issues like these, the long-term solution is to tackle the problem through your skincare regime. Seek advice about how to begin a rigorous skincare regime that will specifically target this problem.
Of course there are many products on the market such as concealers and foundations as well as specific skin clearing and total cover products. A five-step process similar to the one we talked about for vitiligo will help to cover blemishes and acne stars.
- Make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed.
- Apply a primer to ensure the rest of your makeup goes on smoothly and evenly.
- Next apply concealer in a criss-cross pattern to thoroughly hide marks and blend.
- Add your liquid foundation.
- Finally apply a loose powder to complete and set the base for the rest of your makeup.
By following these steps you can achieve fantastic cover that hides blemishes, acne and scarring.
What is it?: Age spots, sometimes called liver spots and hyper-pigmentation occur as we get older because the skin becomes much thinner and loses its elasticity. It is commonly caused by exposure to sunlight as well as pollution or hormone changes created by pregnancy and the menopause can all have a negative impact on the melanin levels in the body, which in turn protect the body by absorbing ultraviolet light and impacting the colour of the skin. Age spots usually start to appear above the age of 50.
Clever cover: Although there are treatments that can completely remove age spots there are also specific skincare products on the market that claim to help age spots to fade. Age spots tend to occur on the face, shoulders and backs of hands, but it is the face where people are most interested in concealing them. However our top tips can be applied to cover age spots on any part of the body.
- Use a makeup for sensitive skin that is oil-free so you don’t create any other skin problems.
- As always, wash and cleanse your face before you apply any makeup to it.
- Use a moisturiser that contains a minimum SPF15 because the most common cause of age spots of exposure to sun.
- Concealers with peach tones will help to cover up the brown of age spots.
- If you’re using medication, check with your doctor before using new makeup to make sure it won’t cause a reaction.
What is it?: Rosacea causes redness and flushing on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead as well as the appearance of tiny blood vessels. It may affect up to 1 in 10 people in the UK. It’s not known what causes it but it’s thought that it could be a genetic problem or a result of environmental factors.
Clever cover: Firstly ensure you are applying your makeup to a cleansed face; remember less is actually more when it comes to applying makeup when you have a skin condition so don’t go overboard.
One of the most important things you can do for rosacea is to use a green-tinted primer for your makeup base. This wouldn’t work for clear, healthy skin but for rosacea it works wonders. Also choose an oil-free concealer and foundation so that you don’t exacerbate the problem.
As it’s best to avoid oil, consider a mineral-based foundation, which may be more beneficial for problem skin. Also use a clean makeup brush when you apply foundation as this will prevent further irritation to your skin. Saj advises, “Always make sure you wash your makeup brushes after every use. I would say this for anyone but it is particularly important if you have a skin condition. Don’t forget that antibacterial makeup brushes are available for that extra bit of protection.”
What is it?: Birthmarks are simply irregularities in the skin that happen at birth and leave a mark, some of which are larger than others and sometimes appear on the face.
Clever cover: The good news is that compared to some of the other skin issues we’ve talked about in this blog, birthmarks are relatively easy to cover up. Use a camouflage concealer such as Covermark and you should be able to completely cover even a large birthmark. Also follow the same steps as you would for many of the other skin conditions we’ve outlined. Use a concealer, foundation and powder to provide really good cover. Blend your concealer and foundation seamlessly over the birthmark and don’t be tempted to make it to keep adding more and more. Less is more; careful blending will have more impact and longevity than simply making it heavier.
As a mobile makeup artist I often visit clients at home to provide a discreet and professional skincare and makeup consultation including advice on what brands of makeup will be the most suitable and the appropriate shade for their skin colour.
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