Stretch marks form on the skin during pregnancy or during periods of rapid weight gain or growth. These scars occur when the tissue of the dermis, or under layer of skin, tears because the skin has stretched too quickly. Stretch marks occur most often on the thighs, buttocks, hips, belly and breasts. Stretch marks can become more noticeable when you have a tan, because the scars don’t change in pigmentation along with the rest of your skin; follow these steps to cover your stretch marks with makeup.
Choose the Right Concealer
You’ll have to begin by applying a good concealer to your stretch marks. Choose a concealer that’s the same color as your skin, so you can blend it in properly. A dark concealer will stand out against the rest of your skin, making stretch marks more, rather than less, obvious. If you tan in the summer, remember that you’ll need more than one shade of concealer; you’ll need to change shades as your skin grows darker with tanning.
Makeup artists recommend using a heavy concealer makeup to cover stretch marks and other scars. Heavier, thicker concealer more effectively hides areas that aren’t the same color as the rest of your skin. Some brands of heavy concealer makeup are especially designed to cover scars and stretch marks; one of these would be ideal.
If you are swimming or even sunbathing on a warm day, make sure you use a waterproof concealer. If your concealer isn’t waterproof, it could streak when you swim or sweat. If your stretch marks are fresh and remain discolored, red or purple, a dermatologist can prescribe medications to help the stretch marks fade.
Use a Paintbrush to Apply the Concealer
Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply concealer makeup. If your skin is oily, the concealer will be more likely to smudge and rub off. When you apply your concealer, don’t double dip. This could allow skin oils and other contaminants to mix with the concealer in the container, making it less effective.
Use a fine paintbrush to apply to concealer to your stretch marks. Cover the entire area of the mark, but stay inside the lines of your scar. You’re trying to cover the stretch mark, not the skin around it, so be careful not to smudge.
Use a cosmetic sponge to remove excess concealer from your skin. Carefully dab the concealer, but don’t smudge it onto the skin around your stretch marks. If you use too much concealer, it’s more likely to smudge.
Finish with Translucent Powder
You can give your makeup job the right finish by brushing translucent powder on top of the concealer. This seals the concealer and makes it look more natural, blending it in with the natural skin around it. Once you’ve applied translucent powder, you can finish off your look by applying a sparkling whole body powder.