Last week I was watching a new show on the Style network, What I Hate About Me, which tries to fix everything a woman hates about herself in only an hour (surprisingly, they do seem to help). Anyway, one of the things this woman hated was the keratosis pilaris on the backs of her arms. In addition to showing her how to exfoliate and moisturize for long-term treatment, the dermatologist also showed her one of my favorite beauty tips for body flaws—makeup. The woman was shocked at the difference and said she would have never thought to use make up on her arms.
This got me thinking. Maybe most women haven’t tired this quick and easy way to cover their body flaws. I’ve experienced the benefits of using waterproof foundation to cover my own keratosis pilaris for years. And just last week I encouraged my sister to use makeup to cover her stretch marks from a recent pregnancy. So, I thought it was time to share this little-known beauty cosmetics secret with the rest of you.
How do you think models and movie stars look so good? They’re not perfect. Instead, they have a talented group of makeup artists covering every flaw.
The key to using beauty makeup on the body is to make sure you’re using a formula that doesn’t rub off. Many face foundations are now smudge-resistant, and if you’re looking for light to medium coverage for hyperpigmentation or redness, these will usually work just fine.
However, if you’re covering dark scars, birthmarks, stretch marks, veins or tattoos, then you really need a full-coverage makeup like Dermablend or CoverBlend. Both are miracle-working cosmetic lines that feature face foundation, leg and body cover cream, concealers and a setting powder to finish it off. All products provide long-lasting, smudge-free coverage.
Dr. Oz recently featured Dermablend on his show for covering up large port-wine birthmarks. He called it medical makeup, but it’s also known as corrective makeup.
Although corrective makeup is pretty thick (it has to be to cover these imperfections), it smoothes on easily and blends well. I’d recommend applying a moisturizing body lotion before you apply the makeup to create the most natural look.