Perfect Cover in Less Than 5 Minutes

Pigmentation marks on your face can be a major confidence zapper. Here’s how to cover them tip pronto. The key to covering up pigmentation is in the application. You don't want to look like you're covering up imperfections, but rather that you're enhancing your natural complexion. Follow these steps to the perfect cover-up:

1. Get your goods ready

Have 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 up

Warm foundation on the back of a clean hand - in I blend more easily and look natural.

3. Measure your amount

Don'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 in

Use 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.

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5. Even it out

If 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 perfection

Tap 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


Prevention is better than cure, but it's impossible to avoid a pimple or injury that could lead to pigmentation. Here are tips for you:

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.

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