If your pain is centred around pitted pores or pockmarks that have resulted in a shallow depression, the trick is to switch to a creamy concealer that’s a shade lighter than your true match. This may sound counterintuitive, but it comes down to smoke, sheen and mirrors – the paler concealer “lifts” your sunken scar to bring it near-level to the rest of your skin.
Formula-wise, you should be gunning for glimmer and gleam. Think of it this way: Luminous liquids furnish your face with a ravishing radiance that’s quite similar to that afforded by selfie filter apps. More light, less visible scars. Makes sense, right?
What to try, what to buy? For starters, bookmark Bobbi Brown’s beguiling Retouching Wand, $64 from September 2016. This nifty new sponge-tipped pen boasts a carefully calibrated symphony of stay-true pigments that’s fantastic for fuss-free touch-ups on the go – dot delicately onto the scar itself and pat until it disappears into your skin.
Bonus: The intricate interplay of light afforded by a highlighting pen deflects attention away from the discolouration of acne scars, and can also be dabbed onto the inner corners of your eyes to fend off signs of fatigue – better than snatching forty winks, in my opinion.
If you want complete coverage that doesn’t look too “forced”, pat a thin layer of the cushion compact of your choice all over your face, then go back in and focus on areas of concern, such as around the nose and mouth. This targeted second coat is essentially doubling up as a concealer of sorts. Incredibly ingenious, yes?
If pimples are still peeking through, a brush is best for precision coverage. Pick up a tiny bit of product by pressing the tip of your brush into the sponge, then stipple onto spots and blend outwards to blur the boundary between blemish and surrounding skin. Easy-peasy.
Sidebar: My cushion compulsion at the moment has got to be Laneige’s radically revamped BB Cushion_Pore Control, $59 in 10 Asian-friendly shades. Incredibly iridescent (and Instagram-friendly!) packaging aside, this baby boasts decent sun protective powers – pivotal for preventing further skin damage – plus a plethora of plush moisture magnets for cushiony all-day comfort.
Even better, the next-gen “colour-correcting” pigments in the reformulation promise to work like a real-life Instagram filter in simulating that softly diffused, is-she-or-isn’t-she look the beauty world is so enamoured with these days. No creases and crinkles after a night of gallivanting, too, so it’s budge-proof to boot. Get it, stat!
“Baking” is one of those Buzzfeed-ey beauty hacks that seem to be For Experts Only – except that it’s actually extremely easy to execute.
Here’s how. Start off by slapping on a really rich re-hydrating eye cream. This essential pre-makeup prep will soften those spidery hairline cracks that are the ominous beginnings of deeper-set crow’s feet, plus the extra emollients also cut out chances of any unsightly caking or creasing after concealer application.
Peepers perfectly plump and hydrated? Good. Proceed to pile on a really thick layer of creamy concealer under your eyes – I’m obsessed with Sulwhasoo’s excellent Essential Concealer Stick, $50, a soothing salve that’s crammed with comforting camellia and apricot kernel oils for the most gorgeous glide. Don’t bother blending at this stage; simply set the gooey mess with a generous dusting of loose powder.
Allow this crazy-looking concoction a good 10 minutes to melt and meld into your skin (or to “bake”, as per the peculiar parlance of the makeup community), then take off the excess with a damp egg-shaped sponge. Finish by tapping on a tiny bit of translucent powder to “freeze” the pigments so that the concealer doesn’t slip and slide down your nose.
Right, then. Master these makeup techniques and you’re well on your way to becoming a grooming guru. Have fun passing your knowledge along!