Moles are deeply pigmented areas than can be found on any part of the body. Because moles are slightly raised, they are harder to disguise than freckles, especially if there are more than two moles in an area. Many people consider moles attractive. Moles certainly haven't hurt the career of glamorous supermodel Cindy Crawford or famed actor Robert Di Nero. But if you have moles and want to make them less noticeable, makeup and application techniques can help. Caution: Report any changes in a mole's appearance to a doctor. If the mole needs to be removed, it will require surgery.
Making Moles Less Noticeable
Purchase a cream concealer such as one that comes in a small pot with a screw-on cap. Buy a second concealer, in a tube-twist form, because if you are trying to make moles less noticeable, it helps to have two products to work with.
Prepare the area where you wish to conceal the moles by gently rubbing it with face moisturizer, even if the moles are someplace else on your body. Let moisturizer air dry.
Unscrew a small pot of creamy concealer and run your finger lightly over the contents. Smooth the concealer over the mole and surrounding area in a gentle, circular motion until they are covered. Notice that the mole is still visible, but the concealer should help it blend into its surroundings.
Dab the tip of a small foam makeup applicator into the cream concealer, and tap a tiny amount of the concealer onto the mole. If you prefer, use the tube of concealer for this step.
Dip a large face powder brush into the loose translucent powder, shake off the excess, and lightly brush over the area covered by the concealer. This will help the concealer, making it difficult for it to rub off. Choose a powder that most closely matches the color of your skin.
The hardest thing about covering moles, freckles or blemishes is matching concealer colors to the skin. Many drugstores and retail outlets will accept returns if you find a product unsatisfactory, so keep your receipts in case you need your makeup.
Reaching for skin-bleaching creams might be tempting, but it is not a good idea. Skin-bleaching creams contain chemicals such as hydroquinone that are being scrutinized for their safety. Although a mole may appear to change color for a short time after applying skin-bleaching cream, nothing can change the dermatological structure that gives a mole its color.
Karen Nehama is a former chef and restaurant manager, currently serving as editor of a food review and recipe website. With expertise as a youth adviser, she is also a consultant for a teen advice column.