Cover Up Rosacea
Choose a corrective foundation that is rich in pigments (remember to warm up the product on the back of your hand to ensure it goes on smoothly). Put on your fluid foundation using a brush or sponge. Then, using the same foundation, dab it right over the affected area. Finish applying your make-up using a large soft brush to apply loose or compact powder.
Could my foundation be causing skin problems?
Skin imperfections are rarely caused by foundation, which lets the skin breathe. Ideally, you should use a foundation for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Go for a light formula that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic to avoid blocking pores. Before bed, cleanse your face thoroughly to remove all makeup, sebum and impurities.
When should a corrective foundation be used?
Corrective foundations are designed to correct light skin flaws (dark circles, acne) to severe ones (hyper-pigmentation, burns). Don’t be afraid to try a corrective foundation. While they’re more concentrated and might seem thicker, they are formulated to blend efficiently when they encounter the warmth of your skin. For a natural finish, with no mask effect.
Concealer – your weapon for spots, dark circles, red blotches and blemishes!
Corrective sticks or concealers are a great product for correcting just about any facial flaws you can think of. Hide your dark circles, brown spots, angiomas, vitiligo, scars, spots, even unwanted tattoos – you name it, it can be masked by this miracle in a stick. Our professional make-up artist Pascale Guégan offers some helpful advice on how to get the best out of your concealer.
Practice makes perfect
Concealer sticks are generally higher in pigments than liquid or compact foundations, even corrective foundations. Always carry a concealer in your handbag to touch up your make-up in a skin emergency or to brighten and enhance your complexion. Start by moisturizing your skin and applying your usual foundation all over as a base. You can then apply your concealer. Dab it carefully onto the problem area, then continue to dab gently with your fingers, a well squeezed out sponge or a flat brush to blend it into your skin. To finish, set your make-up by adding a thin dusting of translucent powder.
Hollow, bluish or puffy circles
Under-eye circles can have many causes, but since the skin that covers this area of the face is particularly fragile, you have to tread lightly when trying to conceal them. By carefully applying make-up that’s suitable for sensitive skin, you can instantly disguise these nasty shadows. If your circles are hollow and dark in color, opt for a light concealer close to your natural skin tone. But if you have puffiness and under-eye bags, a great technique is to use a darker shade on the puffy part to reduce volume together with a lighter shade on the hollow area.
Acne, moles and scars
Always bear in mind this basic principle: applying a slightly darker shade to any “bumps” can create the illusion of smoother skin, and using a lighter color in the hollow areas around your imperfections can reduce their volume. On small spots or scars, use a precision brush. Apply a darker concealer at the center and a lighter color around the edges. Imperfections? What imperfections?
Can makeup minimize the signs of fatigue, especially under-eye dark circles?
DID YOU KNOW?
Under-eye dark circles often appear when we don’t get enough sleep. But for some of us, the cause is excessive pigmentation (making circles look brown) or a teeming network of blood vessels beneath the extremely delicate lower eyelid skin (resulting in bluish circles). Either way, undereye circles make you look tired—no wonder they’re high on most women’s complaint lists. But makeup can help.
HOW TO TREAT:
- Before applying foundation, use a concealer.
- Put tiny dabs of a slightly lighter shade on the lower eyelids for a fresh, more radiant look.
- If your circles are bluish, apply a tiny bit of yellow corrector to neutralize the blue.