Whether as a result of acne or old wounds, scars can be embarrassing and difficult to cover up. Scars that are raised, pocked or a dark color are an even bigger challenge. No matter where a scar is located on your face or body, you can use face concealer to hide or diminish its appearance. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, and is waterproof and long lasting. Other products will help the concealer stay in place throughout the day.
Wash and dry the skin you wish to conceal. This will get rid of any dirt or excess oil that may prevent the concealer from adhering to your skin.
Rub a light, oil-free moisturizer into the scar and the surrounding area, particularly if your skin is dry or prone to flaking. Makeup can be difficult to blend into extremely dry skin and actually make flaking look worse.
Apply a green concealer if your scars are reddish in tone, or a yellow concealer if your scars look purple. Dab a small amount onto the scar and blend it in. Do not use too much, as this can leave your skin with a colored hue.
Allow the concealer to set for a few minutes, then apply foundation as you normally would. Dab the foundation over the concealed area; do not rub it, as this can wipe off your concealer.
To conceal a scar on an area other than your face, dip a small brush into a waterproof cream concealer that matches your skin tone. Dab the concealer onto your scar with the brush, then use either the brush or your finger to gently blend it in. If your scars are pitted or uneven, use the brush to first fill the dents with concealer, and then cover the rest of the scar. Repeat this until you achieve your desired coverage, and soften the edges of the concealed spot by blending outward with a makeup sponge.
Dip a large brush into loose or pressed translucent powder. Tap off any excess and lightly dust the powder over the area you have concealed, being careful not to brush it too hard. The powder will set the concealer and help keep it in place until you wash it off.
Lynne Sheldon has over 12 years of dance experience, both in studios and performance groups. She is an avid runner and has studied several types of yoga. Sheldon now works as a freelance writer, editor and book reviewer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and art history from Boston University and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Pacific University.