1. Get your goods readyHave your foundation, concealer and powder ready. Your foundation should match the predominant colour of your face. Find natural light and a big-enough mirror.
2. Warm things upWarm foundation on the back of a clean hand - in I blend more easily and look natural.
3. Measure your amountDon't use too much. Tip: once you've swept a finger through the foundation, you should still be able to see your fingerprint in it. If you can't, you're applying too.
4. Zone inUse foundation only where it is needed. If you feel you need to apply more, do this by building coverage with additional thin layers in problem areas. Stop between layers and step back to survey the overall effect from a distance. You may not need as much coverage as you initially thought.
5. Even it outIf there's a major contrast between skin colours, apply a lighter concealer to the darkened areas before using foundation. Pat, never rub, the concealer to blend it in. Then continue with the foundation, parting it over the concealer to avoid rubbing it off.
6. Powder to perfectionTap powder into the palm of your hand, then use two or three fingers to rub and warm it in your palm. Press and gently smooth the powder onto your face. You're done!
DISCOLORATION DO'S AND DON'TS
Don’t scratch. Avoid picking at bites or pimples, as this will cause trauma.
Do protect. U50 an 5PF of 50 daily and reapply regularly to prevent further pigmentation of a spot, scar or scratch.
Don’t scrub. A hard, granular exfoliator can scratch your skin and wound the area surrounding existing pimples, causing infection to spread.
Do use alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). An AHA-based face cream offers gentle daily exfoliation, useful in promoting skin regeneration.
Don't use peels, as these cause major injury to the skin. If you're going to use lasers and peels, ensure this is done under strict guidance.
Do always insist on a spot test to see whether the final outcome is worth the peel procedure. Newer peels are adapted to darker skins, but still insist on a patch test.