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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the pads of your fingers or a makeup sponge to pat, pat, pat that concealer right into your skin.
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!
One last recommendation, tone down the blush. When your have hyperpigmentation, a little color goes a long way!