"How do I cover my dark/age spots?"

For any of you out there who have tried covering the pesky sun spots that come up as we get older...you might notice how hard they are to hide! Oftentimes, once you apply foundation or concealer over top, the dark spot shows through as a shadow beneath your makeup, making sure its presence is still known. Grrrr!

To fix this issue we need to look once again to our friend: color corrector. I knoooow color correctors seem intimidating, but I promise they are going to be the solution you've been dreaming of, and are surprisingly simple to use when you know the right technique!

The color corrector you need to use is dependent on both your skin tone and the color of your age spot, so let's break this down. If you are a fair to medium skin tone that has light brown age spots, a peachy-pink color corrector (like this amazingly inexpensive one from LA Girl) should be your go-to. If your skin is on the deeper end of the spectrum, your age spots will also likely be deeper brown patches of discoloration. In this case, you should use a color corrector that is richer in color, and closer to orange. One of my favs is actually a foundation adjuster from ELF in the shade 'Warmth'.

Once you've picked out your corrector it's time to apply it so that it works for you and not against you. First, apply your foundation as usual. Then, you'll want to use a very small makeup brush (or even a Q-tip if you don't have a small brush) to pat a very thin layer of your color corrector just on top of the dark spot. Do NOT blend it past the edges onto your skin...keep the corrector just on top of the dark spot. If you've watched any YouTube videos on color correcting, they almost always use waaaaaaaay too much color corrector and blend it out too far, so ignore those techniques! The corrector should be sheer and just barely cancel out the tone you are trying to hide...not opaque enough that you struggle to then hide the corrector color with concealer. Once the corrector is in place, you can sweep a wisp of powder over top to set it in place, but again, keep this very light so you don't build up cakey-ness.

The final step is to apply concealer over top and again set this with a bit of powder. To apply the concealer without disturbing the color corrector underneath, use a concealer brush to pat the concealer over top of the corrected dark spot. Avoid using a sweeping motion on the spot itself because this will undoubtedly remove the corrector. The concealer should extend past the borders of the spot itself, so you can lightly blend the edges of the concealer into the surrounding skin. This will make sure it looks ultra-seamless and natural.

PS. If you're someone who has age spots (or even melasma) covering a large area of your face, I'd recommend that you watch my 'How to Cover Acne' tutorial and use the same brushes/techniques I teach you there, rather than covering each spot individually. You will still need to use a color corrector in between the foundation and concealer, but this video shows you how to do so in a larger area more quickly.

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