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Brown spots are caused by the body producing too much melanin in one area of your skin. Heredity, hormonal changes, prolonged exposure to the sun and trauma to the skin have all been cited as causes of hyperpigmentation, which is the medical term for brown spots. Covering brown spots on your cheeks, forehead, temples, hands and legs gives you the confidence you need to forget about them and get on with your life.

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Cleanse the skin with a mild cleanser and rinse it with a splash of cool water. Allow the skin to air-dry.

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Using a small makeup brush or your finger, apply a yellow-based concealer to the brown spots. A concealer that is two shades lighter than your actual skin tone will maximize the coverage of brown spots. A highly pigmented concealer that is designed to hide scars, tattoos and birthmarks is the best option.

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Using an application sponge or your fingers, pat a foundation that matches your skin tone over the concealer and blend it into the surrounding skin.

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Dip a large makeup brush in a yellow-based face powder that matches your skin tone and brush a soft layer over your face and chest.

Tip

Yellow-based concealing products are best for brown spots. For red spots, choose a green-based concealer. Some concealer pencils are formulated to cover brown spots and eliminate the need for foundation and powders on hands and legs.

About the Author

Cheryl Torrie

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.