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4 Easy Steps To Covering Hyperpigmentation

By Sheila Arkee

Well, folks, it’s that time of year. Skin Freak Out 2013 has arrived. And it ain’t pretty. This is what happens when my hyperpigmented, dry, flaky skin isn’t properly concealed.

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By the time the Fall and Winter months roll along, my skin decides to freak out and go on hiatus from its’ relatively good behavior during the rest of the year. It’s scary going for a couple of months and I’m currently right in the thick of the annual epidermis meltdown. While I’m thankful the patchy, dry areas on my eyes have disappeared, now I’m dealing with a patch of dry skin on the right side of my face by my jaw and patches of brown hyperpigmentation on the left side of my face.

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Really, skin? Really?

While I know this too shall pass and all will be well in a matter of weeks, I have a few makeup tricks up my sleeve that make the meanwhile more bearable. It’s all about knowing how to color correct. Using yellow-based concealers and foundations will enhance dark, brown areas, but using pink-toned products will cancel out the darker skin.

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Step 1: Aquaphor is your friend. A thin, thin layer of a moisturizing cream like Aquaphor helps foundation blend in that much better. I warm up my Aquaphor in my hands before applying it to my skin. If you experience oiliness on other parts of your face, use your regular primer or oil control product on these areas.

Step 2: Apply a moisturizing yellow-toned foundation, is is not the time for mattes, unless you’d like to use a bit on areas that need some coverage.

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Step 3: Dab a pink-toned concealer on your hyperpigmented areas. I’ve been using L.A. Girl Pro Conceal in Medium Bisque for this purpose.

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Use the pads of your fingers or a makeup sponge to pat, pat, pat that concealer right into your skin.

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Step 4: Set your foundation with a translucent powder. I also use a peach color correcting powder and that helps, as well. Hyperpigmentation, you are officially in control!

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One last recommendation, tone down the blush. When your have hyperpigmentation, a little color goes a long way!


  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Thanks for the step by step!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    great tips…

  • Kendra Stanton

    Great tips! I made sure to pin it!

  • MyBeautyJunction

    Fabulous post! I get this during dry months as well and kept saying I was the only one alive to have it! I’m going to try your tips!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Thank you, Kendra!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    It’s always nice to know we’re not alone in our little idiosyncrasies. :)

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty

    These are great tips! I think a lot of people struggle with hyperpigmentation this time of year. Winter wreaks such havoc on our skin, right! That concealer works amazingly well on you!

  • http://www.beflossy.com/ BeFlossy

    Great tips for sure!

  • Betzy Carmona

    You do an amazing job covering it

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Fantastic guide, I need to get a more dewy foundation for this season!!

  • Farryn

    These are some great tips, I always struggle to cover up my blemishes and will definitely use this advice!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Great tips. Seriously – without the makeup you are still beautiful. I love reading your blog – your photos are always awesome 😉

  • BeautyJudy

    That’s really lovely, and it looks so natural! You’d never know you had this issue, but I agree with Honeygirlk you look lovely either way!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    As always, great tips Shiela. It’s my first time to read/hear about Aquaphor.

  • marciaf

    This is a great article. It’s so informative. I’ve used Aquaphor for lots of things but rarely on my face. Currently it’s getting use for diaper rash actually (not mine of course).

  • Beth

    Thanks so much! I have olive skin and constant hyperpigmentation under my eyes. I was wondering why I could never cover it up (putting concealer+foundation on it just makes it worse). And now I know- because all of my stuff if yellow-toned! I’ll have to try something small and pink-toned this weekend to see if it helps. Thank you!

  • bigmouthedwoman

    Hi there! I’m curious as to what yellow-based foundation you used. I have hyperpigmentation that I’m currently trying to get under control, and would love to be able to cover it in the meantime. Thanks so much! By the way, you are absolutely stunning!