Broken veins on the face are unsightly and permanent unless treated with laser therapy. Unfortunately, the veins on the face are easy to break. You can break capillaries by picking at a blemish or even by rubbing the face too hard with a washcloth. You can hide broken capillaries with the right concealer. Start with the concealer types below and experiment to find the best coverage for your broken veins.
Mineral concealers are a good choice if your broken veins are very light, if you need to cover a large area, or if you have sensitive skin. Most mineral concealers are made using all-natural ingredients, meaning that they are less likely to irritate your skin and will not clog your pores. This makes mineral concealers an ideal solution for broken veins in oily skin areas such as the t-zone or the nose. The texture of mineral concealer prevents it from settling into enlarged pores.
Mineral concealers are also the most forgiving when it comes to application and are unlikely to streak or get blotchy over the course of the day. They offer medium-to-light coverage. Mineral concealers should be applied with a brush and will leave your skin with a matte look.
Liquid concealers offer medium-to-full coverage and optimal blendability with foundation, making them ideal for dark broken veins and large areas. This type of foundation may get blotchy in oily areas of the face and therefore works best for dry areas, such as around the eyes. Liquid concealers may settle into enlarged pores, so opt for a mineral or solid cream concealer if you struggle with visible pores. Liquid concealers leave your skin with a natural, dewey appearance and are perfect if you don't want to look "overdone."
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Apply liquid concealer to small areas using a small, clean sponge for precision. You can use your fingertips if you are covering larger areas of the face. Blend the concealer using a small brush. To set the concealer and add more coverage, you may lightly brush your face with loose powder.
Solid Cream Concealers
Solid cream concealers provide the fullest coverage and should be your choice if you are trying to hide very dark broken veins. These concealers are the most difficult to work with, but they are long lasting and can be used to cover small patches or large areas of the face. Solid cream concealers are emollient and thick, making them appropriate for all areas of the face. Generally, a solid cream concealer resists settling into wrinkles and large pores.
Solid cream concealers come in small pots and containers which should be sealed tightly after use to prevent drying. These heavy concealers should be applied using a clean, dry brush rather than fingertips in order to prevent bacteria contamination in the container. Use a brush to blot concealer onto the desired areas, then allow the skin to warm the concealer before blending. This makes blending easier. For complete coverage and a matte look, finish your application with a light powder to set.
Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Kelly Hould has been writing since 2008. Her work appears in Northeast Florida publications such as the "Florida Times Union," "Folio Weekly" and "H Magazine." Hould has a Bachelor of Arts in literature and theater management from the University of Central Florida.