Facial scars can leave a shiny mark where the injury once was, or could be redder or pinker than the rest of your skin. Acne leaves its own set of scars that need covering up. Covering facial scars is not impossible, you just need to know how. Artfully done make-up can completely cover up scars so no one will even notice they were ever there.
Use a primer to even out the texture
The trouble with scars is the texture of the skin in that area tends to be a little different than the surrounding skin. A primer is used to even out the skin, something that is very useful in case of scars that run deep or are pitted. A gel-based primer is very effective in filling out these pitted scars and making that skin level with the rest. You might choose to use the primer only on the scarred area – see what works best for you.
Get a colour corrector and the right concealer
Used after putting on primer, but before the foundation or concealer goes on, a colour corrector that’s green hued can help offset redness associated with scars (yellow/orange hues work to cover up darker shades). But use just a small amount to avoid looking like the Grinch. Use a sponge to apply it evenly so that you don’t infect the scarred area or add grime making it more prominent. Here are some basic thumb rules to follow to pick the right concealer.
• Red and pinkish scars are covered up best by green concealers
• Brown scars and purplish scars are well hidden by using yellow concealers
• White scars can be concealed easier, using regular make-up.
If you can, try and get yourself a concealer that’s perfectly matched to your skin colour for a picture perfect finish. If that isn’t available, then go one shade lighter than your natural skin colour in your choice of concealer. Using a darker shade will make scars show up more.
Also try and pick a product that has high SPF protection to avoid any further damage to the skin from sun exposure.
Fix it with foundation and powder
Buy a foundation that’s designed to conceal red scars and marks, making them less evident. Oil-free foundation keeps the skin looking and feeling good and is great for acne prone skin. Apply the foundation by putting dots of it all over your face and then smooth it into your skin in a circular motion using your fingers or a sponge. Smooth away streaks with a make-up sponge. Next, use a large brush to apply a loose powder in big sweeping circular movements, to help the make-up set.
Scar reducing serums
If you have a scar that isn’t very old, you can use special make-up products to heal it. For scars under two years old, apply a scar reducing serum which contains skin-healing antioxidants like Vitamin C, petrolatum and quercetin. If you’re prone to acne, pick a product that’s hypoallergenic to reduce chances of an outbreak.