Even with dark skin, spots can still show. In general, darker skinned people get darker spots because of darker skin pigments. Spots caused by acne scars, bruising, freckles and moles can be unsightly and may still show through makeup if done improperly. Fortunately, there are ways to camouflage dark spots to make your dark skin look flawless.
Camouflage dark spots with concealing makeup. This is the first step before applying foundation and other makeup that you will use. Choose a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone but with a high percentage of pigment in it to make the darker spot blend with your skin complexion. Many cosmetics manufacturers have a line of makeup made for dark skin; choose the ones that will cover red or dark spots effectively. Testing the concealer that you choose on a freckle or vein–using your brush, aided with the tip of your finger to spread it evenly–will help get the right shade. The dark spot should not be visible; therefore, apply the concealer thoroughly.
Select the concealer best suited for the area that you wish to cover. If the dark spots are on a delicate area such as under your eyes, choose a creamier version. Choose a drier version for other facial areas. Spread the concealer at the back of your hand, and blend it well with a brush before applying over the dark spot. Doing so will allow you to get the right consistency. A synthetic brush will give you a smoother finish than a natural-hair brush. Apply the concealer on the dark spot using feathery strokes. At times, using your finger to apply creamier concealers may be best to ensure that the concealer attaches to your skin. Apply additional feathery strokes using the brush so that the concealer will not appear blotchy under the makeup foundation. Make sure to apply to surrounding areas so that it all blends well.
Applying loose face powder over the concealer will ensure that the concealer will remain intact. Dip the sponge into the loose powder, tap the excess off and apply in a blotting motion on top of the concealer. Choose a foundation that is the same shade as your skin, which should be twice as dark as the concealer to ensure that the concealer will not show through. Use a separate brush applicator or sponge to apply the foundation. Applying lightly over the dark spots will ensure that the concealer will not rub off. Apply finishing powder to give a matte finish.
In some cases, you may be able to whiten the dark spots caused by acne and other dark skin blemishes using whitening or bleaching creams. Whitening and bleaching creams work by decreasing melanin production in skin. They can help prevent your skin from further discoloration. Look for products with hydroquinone and kojic acid. Hydroquinone can lighten chloasma (melasma), freckles and dark spots while kojic acid is a natural product that is an effective skin whitener.
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