How to Cover Hyperpigmentation With Makeup

November 09, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Cover Hyperpigmentation With Makeup, According to a Dermablend Pro

Ever applied a face full of foundation only to find that your acne spots, dark patches and melasma are still visible? We’ve been there, too — hyperpigmentation can be hard to cover. With the right foundation, concealer and techniques though, it is possible to even out discoloration with makeup if that’s your goal. For expert advice on how to achieve a flawless-looking complexion and hide blotchy skin, we turned to Dermablend artist and educator Rachel Short. 

Tip #1: Color Correct 

Color-correcting products are great for evening out your complexion, but with so many options it can be hard to know which one is right for you. “Choose a neutralizer based on your skin tone,” says Short. If you have fair to lightly tan skin, select an orange shade to neutralize dark spots. If you fall into the tan to deep range, red is excellent for cancelling out dark hyperpigmentation or post-acne hyperpigmentation. 

For a drugstore option, we love the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Palette, which has shades to cover everything from dark circles to discoloration.
How to Cover Hyperpigmentation With Makeup, According to a Dermablend Pro

Tip #2: Know Your Undertones 

While color correcting will help even out your base, selecting a foundation shade that matches your undertones is the way to get the most natural-looking coverage. Not sure how to identify your undertones? Check your veins. If the veins on your wrist are blue or purple, you likely have a cool undertone, if your veins appear slightly green or olive, you probably have a warm undertone, and if your veins are blue-green ,you’re likely neutral. 

Tip #3: Look for Intense Pigments 

To really cover discoloration, look for foundation and concealer that has high-performance pigments. Short recommends the Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation, which provides full coverage without looking or feeling cakey. “When someone has hyperpigmentation, I use one to four drops all over their face to even out their complexion,” she says. “Or, I mix two drops of Flawless Creator into a hydrating serum to thin it out.” 

And if you’re looking for spot coverage or a concealer to disguise dark circles, try the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer

How to Cover Hyperpigmentation With Makeup, According to a Dermablend Pro

Tip #4: Don’t Use Too Much Product 

“Many people tend to layer foundation over concealer and then top it off with more powder and foundation,” says Short. “The caked-on foundation ends up being more noticeable than if they were to just use a pigment-loaded foundation.” That’s why sometimes less is more — even when you want to conceal.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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