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Clever concealers: Get tips, treatments and product recommendations from a master makeup artist

By: Kelly Bilimoria

Unlike the A-list, normal folk like us don’t have a professional makeup artist on hand 24/7 to keep us looking flawless from all angles – which is why Kelly Bilimoria’s tips for covering blemishes, scars and pigmentation are essential reading. The master makeup artist has also given us the scoop on her favourite concealers, so we can ace our base at home like a pro!

The art of disguise

1. Choose the right colour concealer.

Choose a concealer in the shade that is the most similar to that of your natural skin colour.

2. Apply your foundation first.

Start with foundation, then apply your concealer. Why? If you do it the other way round, you risk wiping away the concealer with your brush, sponge or fingers, as well as using more product than necessary.

3. Apply concealer sparingly.

Apply just enough to spread a light layer over the area you need to conceal. You can always add more if necessary.

4. Tap and dab!

Apply your concealer using light dabbing or tapping motions to evenly blend it out.

5. Set concealer with powder.

For ultimate staying power, set your foundation and concealer with a powder.


Covering scars 101

For dark scar marks: Try using a touch of orange concealer to neutralise the bluish-brown darkness from the mark. Don’t forget to apply your regular concealer or foundation on top.

For a keloid scar or a raised scar: Do not use a lighter shade of concealer; it will draw attention to the raised area instead of minimising it. You’re better off using a concealer that’s a perfect match to your skin so it blends in.

For pockmarks: Try using an angled brush dipped in a concealer that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone. Fill in the centre of the pockmark without going over the edges and then dust the skin with translucent powder. It will create the illusion of decreasing the depth of the pockmark or scar.


Prevention is key

Pimples and blemishes are often unavoidable. Nevertheless, it’s important to follow a daily skin care regimen daily, and make sure you always remove your makeup. Here are some tips for preventing acne:

Use a primer

Primers have a silicone base that fills in lines and evens out the surface texture of the skin. It also creates a barrier between your pores and your makeup, and helps your makeup last longer.

Scar cream

Scar creams are formulated to break up scar tissue and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Dab a bit of the cream on your skin each night. With regular use you should start to see the scars fading.


Don’t forget!

  • Protect any scar from sun exposure, as sun damage results in delayed or improper healing.
  • Treat the scar with a product containing skin-healing ingredients such as quercetin (an antioxidant), petrolatum and vitamin C.
  • Avoid using drying cleansers, including bar soaps, and applying products that contain irritating ingredients like lavender or eucalyptus; serious irritation will inhibit the skin’s ideal healing response.


Treatments to try

Heard about the benefits of a laser treatment or chemical peel? A qualified dermatologist can really help you improve the appearance of your skin. Treatments and sessions will vary depending on the condition of your scars.


This story first appeared in LIV’s August 2015 issue.

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