How to Hide a Birthmark
QUESTION: I have a dark birthmark on my face. How do I cover it?
ANSWER: Camouflaging significant blemishes, including birthmarks, broken capillaries and hormone-related dark spots, can be trickier than covering smaller problems like dark circles and pimples. That's because most concealers, while somewhat opaque, are still too see-through.
Your first step is to find a concealer made for problems like yours. Dermablend is the concealer brand of choice for many makeup artists. You'll find that these special, corrective concealers work a bit differently from regular ones.
Once you've chosen your product, follow these steps:
- Begin with completely dry skin (allow your moisturizer to soak in for at least 20 minutes).
- Apply the concealer according to the directions on the package. Some require special sponges; others go on with your fingers.
- The concealer will take some time to dry; when it does, set it with a special powder made for corrective concealers. These powders make your cover job water- and smudge-proof.
- Final tip: Corrective concealers often require a special makeup remover; be sure to ask a salesperson if this applies to the brand you're buying.