Standard makeup options are designed to even skin tone and cover minor flaws, but scarring is often a step beyond this. If you struggle with getting an even, natural look while concealing scarring, you may simply be piling on an unappealing mask of the wrong product. With the right type of liquid makeup you can cover most scars without causing additional problems, such as angry inflamed pimples from a heavy layer of pore-clogging foundation -- yuck!
The key to selecting makeup that won’t cause acne lies in understanding those long words in cosmetics terminology. Namely, you should memorize the word "noncomedogenic." This term indicates that the product won’t block pores. Nearly all types of liquid makeup are available in noncomedogenic varieties.
For minor scars, such as those caused by an acne outbreak, makeup expert Carmindy’s book, “Get Positively Beautiful,” has a solution. Combine liquid foundation with a liquid concealer one shade lighter. This custom shade is ideal for covering minor scars. Gently dab your blended liquid makeup onto the scarred area with a cotton swab.
Moderate to Severe Scars
For more serious scars, a formula specially designed for maximum coverage is your best bet. The book, “Make-up Masterclass” by makeup artist Jemma Kidd recommends Covermark, Coverblend and Dermablend products. All three of these lines are noncomedogenic and offer a range of liquid makeup solutions for covering scarring. These products are specially designed to provide maximum coverage without clogging your skin and are especially gentle.
To keep scars concealed, always use makeup with an SPF of at least 15. Too much sun can cause additional discoloration, making the area more difficult to conceal. If your makeup of choice doesn’t provide sun protection, apply sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF before you begin your makeup application. Blend liquid scar coverage in to the foundation used on the rest of your face with a nonporous sponge for seamless results. Set the application with a light dusting of translucent powder.