How to Hide Acne Scars

One of the biggest challenges for those of us who have had acne for years is how to hide acne scars. Even if you were good about keeping your hands away from your face and not picking, you probably have some dark spots that you’d like to conceal. If you have, or have had, more severe acne, you may have even more to cover.  The following is one of the better tutorials I’ve seen on how to use makeup to hide acne scars. The presenter, Kelli LaBar, is an aesthetician and makeup artist from Ulta Salon.

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Kelli recommends using a 2% hydroquinone solution to help lighten scars over time. For a professional strength treatment, I would suggest using HQ+ Gel Peel, 30ml (Professional), which is quite a strong solution. This particular product has Free Shipping from Amazon.

If you do use it, make sure you apply a good moisturizer afterwards and a strong sunscreen to protect your skin. I like Kinerase 0.1% N6-furfuryladenine Cream (80g) 2.8 Ounces, which is recommended as a post-procedural moisturizer and does not cause breakouts.

Finally, Kelli uses a concealer stick to dab and roll onto the scars to conceal them. No rubbing! My favorite concealer for acne scars is not a stick at all, but Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Don’t forget the sunscreen before you put makeup on. Mineral makeup alone won’t be enough when your skin is sensitive after a peel. You need something extra, extra strong. A good recommendation is Eltamd UV Physical SPF 41, 85-Gram. I like the Elta MD sunscreen since they are physical sunscreens that are great for sensitive skin. They even have a Clear one that’s good for acne.

All of the recommended products are from Amazon and have their Free Shipping available.

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Note: These are my affiliate links, but that doesn’t mean you pay more. It just means I’ve looked around to try to find the best deals and free shipping.

If you want to learn how to apply makeup, there’s no substitute for visual examples and step-by-step instructions. I’ve learned most of my own makeup techniques from years of experimenting with different makeup, time spent getting makeovers at department stores, and reading about different methods in beauty magazines. However, I recently was introduced to a program by the University of Makeup which provides video tutorials for every type of makeup technique you can think of.

The tutorials from the University of Makeup help you learn how to apply makeup like professionals, whether you want a natural day look, fashionable celebrity look, or the look of a dramatic photo shoot. I’ve been trying out several of the tutorials so far and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the video and clear explanations of technique. Here is the promo video they did to give an overview:

In the most basic course, My Makeup Course, you get lifetime access to 37 step-by-step video tutorials that take you through absolutely everything. You will learn how to take care of your skin and prepare it for makeup. You then learn things like how to select the right color foundation, which makeup brushes you need, how to use concealer, apply eyeshadows and blushes. You name it. The Full Makeup Course, which consists of 67 videos, will teach you how to become a professional makeup artist. You even receive a professional makeup artist certificate at the end! All of the videos can be watched on your computer or downloaded.

Here are just a few of the tips I’ve learned so far:

  • Use green concealer to cover red pimples and veins BEFORE applying foundation
  • If you wear glasses and are near-sighted (like me), use darker eyeshadow colors and focus on the crease and outer corners
  • To make small eyes look bigger – apply highlighter eyeshadow on the lids, a soft color in the crease and upwards, and only use eyeliner on the lower lid

One thing I love about the course is that you don’t have to buy a specific brand of makeup. Many video tutorials I’ve seen in the past are meant for a certain brand and are often produced by that makeup company. While these tutorials do show you what makeup they are using, you can apply the techniques with anything you have in your cosmetics drawer. However, the majority of makeup and brushes they use in the videos is by MAC, along with a few other brands. I love MAC makeup, so I’ve even been considering splurging a little over the holidays on a couple of the items in the video. After all, who couldn’t use another eyeshadow or lipstick?

When I first looked at the long list of makeup tutorials, I realized that it would take me hours to look at all of them. I assumed that this would involve some kind of monthly membership that would be way too expensive. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the price was just a flat fee for lifetime membership. The price for My Makeup Course is only $99, which is a lot cheaper than a lifetime of makeup tips from beauty magazines! However, the Full Makeup Course has quite a few more video tutorials and is probably worth the extra money if you really love to play around with makeup. In that course, you get all the tutorials about working with different types of faces and features (such as narrow foreheads, wide eyes, and different noses).

So, what are the downsides of this course? Well, the only real one is the lack of a list of makeup used in each tutorial. The company told me that they are currently working on putting together a list of makeup for each video, so that should be solved in the near future. In the meantime, I just look carefully at the types of makeup used. Then I pick a few from my drawer to experiment with. You can also pick up a few basics from the local cosmetics store and return anything you don’t like. To help you, I’ve put together a list of a some basic makeup products and tools you can use to get started.

Note: Since I first wrote this review, the University of Makeup has opened up their extensive online makeup store to all members at a 10% discount over the general public. They even offer FREE worldwide shipping! I don’t know any makeup store that does that!!!

– Sharyn

P.S. For all you MAC makeup lovers out there, the University of Makeup store sells loads of MAC cosmetics – all with free international shipping!

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How to achieve flawless skin – in a click

I recently read an article about Retouching Acne with Photoshop.  While I’m not exactly an expert in Photoshop (I can’t use it at all), I do rely on retouching photos to make our skin look flawless.  My favorite tool? Picasa.

I have little to no expertise when it comes to manipulating photos and changing backgrounds, and any other fancy stuff.  However, Picasa has a very easy to use retouching tool in the latest version that makes it easy to erase little imperfections.  In fact, I’ve erased some pretty major flaws as well.  I’ve done everything from covering zits to eliminating braces quite easily.

Getting rid of red eye is easy too. They have a tool which automatically picks out all the red eye in the photo and you can just click it away.  Now, if we could just do the same with all our real imperfections!!

If you want to stretch your skills a little, you should still try out Photoshop. The latest basic one is Photoshop Elements 9.  There is definitely a learning curve, which I just haven’t had the time to spend on yet.  It’s on my list. I’m actually hoping to use it for putting images into unusual collages, but it can be used for all sorts of wild effects.

Here’s one important tip.  If you do get Photoshop, either get a friend to give you a quick tutorial or do some of the ones on Adobe’s website.  It will help speed you up in the learning process.

Good Luck!

#1 Tip for How to Cover Acne Scars and Pimples

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

There is a great tip for how to cover acne scars that I only just came across recently. After years of practice and experience covering my acne and acne scars, I should have known this.  Better late than never.

Here is the trick:

** Let your concealer set for a few seconds before you blend. **

Sounds so obvious, doesn’t it?  Well, I am always in such a rush that I’ve never done that.  It is amazing the difference it makes.

The next time you put on your makeup, follow these steps to cover your acne scars, pimples, discoloration.  You name it.

  1. Wash your skin
  2. Apply your preferred acne treatment
  3. Apply your preferred moisturizer
  4. Put on a little primer
  5. Dab on a little concealer
  6. Let it set for a few seconds!!!
  7. Blend by dabbing gently or using a concealer brush to blend the edges
  8. Finish off with a little foundation, but don’t rub it in.  Otherwise, all your careful concealer application will be ruined.  If you can, just use a little powder foundation instead of liquid

I would love to hear anyone else’s tips for covering acne scars or covering acne in general.  Comments are always welcome.

– Sharyn

P.S.  My preferred concealer at the moment is Tarte’s
The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

You are getting ready to head out the door to school, work, a party, dinner, shopping – you name it. Naturally, you want to look your best and feel good about yourself.  When you have acne, you are often more self-conscious about your looks than other people.  However, you can achieve a natural look with the right application techniques and tools.  Use acne makeup or any good makeup for acne prone skin, such as some of the ones recommended in our product reviews or store.  Just make sure you have thoroughly cleansed and moisturized your skin first, using your preferred acne skin care regimen, before applying your makeup.

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