Stretch marks are one of those things that often get a bad rap when they shouldn’t. When your skin stretched quickly due to weight gain (or loss!), it sometimes results in fine lines that range in color from pink to gray and many colors in between. They’re most common during pregnancy and puberty but can occur at any point in your lifetime for a wide variety of reasons. They’re a symbol of a body that has grown and changed and a reminder of your personal evolution.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cover them if you want to. While there’s nothing wrong with rocking them (or putting some glitter in them) it’s also ok to conceal them for a consistent look across your skin. Before you reach for your favorite full coverage concealer or your tried and true foundation, consider picking up a product formulated for your body instead. For stretch marks specifically, we recommend a full coverage body makeup like Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup. The buildable and transfer-resistant formula is designed to cover any skin inconsistencies, and is often used to conceal tattoos and birthmarks. This product is best applied using long strokes and buffing out using a sponge which gives skin a natural finish. For best results, it’s important to set your body makeup with the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, which will ensure nearly a full day of transfer-resistant wear.
If the goal is to cover a smaller area, a foundation stick can be equally effective. We like the Dermablend Quick Fix Body Stick, a full-coverage product that contains SPF and blends seamlessly into skin for a flawless finish. To apply, use short strokes on the area you’d like to conceal and tap to blend. It’s important to set this with powder too — it will ensure you get a full day out of your look without worrying about it transferring.
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About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.