Camouflage: 5 tips for applying it better
The application technique for corrective camouflage make-up includes 5 sequential steps, which are all equally important for successful corrective make-up application:
1) Cleansing the skin:
Before applying make-up, it is always a good idea to cleanse the skin. A gentle, rinse-off or leave-on, product is ideal, as it does not alter the hydrolipidic film of the skin and preserves its barrier function.
2) Moisturising the skin:
After cleansing, it is fundamental that we moisturise the skin with a highly tolerable emulsion product with a light texture or even a concentrated fluid if the skin is particularly dehydrated.
3) Neutralising pigmentation issues:
Many imperfections are caused by changes in the colour of the skin, i.e pigmentation issues, and to neutralise them, or conceal them to the point that they are almost invisible, we must counter the colour optically. This step is also important for reducing the amount of make-up that you will use to cover it in the next step.
The contrast is achieved on the basis of the theory of complementary colours: as opposite colours cancel each other out, the base colour is neutralised due to the optical effect.
Thus, we must choose a concealer in a complementary colour and apply it by dabbing it on with the fingers or using a make-up sponge:
VERT - neutralises red colours (redness, erythrosis, couperose, rosacea, flat angiomas, rashes and recent scars).
CORAIL- neutralises blue-purple and/or brown colours (dark eye circles, bruises, veins and capillaries).
VIOLET - neutralises yellowish complexions and dull skin tone.
- the coral colour neutralises blue-purple hues and attenuates excess brown discolouration: dark eye circles, bruises, veins and capillaries, as well as hyper-pigmented spots
- The green colour neutralises the colour red: redness, erythrosis, couperose, rosacea, flat angiomas, rashes and recent scars
- the violet colour neutralises yellowish complexions and dull skin tone
4) Applying the foundation:
Wherever there are imperfections, you must even out the area with the pigmentation to match the skin around it and so:
- choose the foundation colour that best matches your complexion
- choose the texture depending on the severity of the imperfection you want to conceal:
STICK: more pigment-rich for severe imperfections on the face and body
FLUID: lighter for slight or moderate imperfections on the face, neck and décolleté
CREAMY: perfect for imperfections on the body.
- apply it by dabbing it on with your fingers or using a make-up sponge and blending in particular the edges of the areas affected by the imperfection so as to even it out with the skin around it.
5) Setting the cosmetics you’ve applied
To set the foundation, apply a light and impalpable face powder, tapping it on gently with a brush.
Lastly, spray the area you have applied make-up to with a spray solution to complete the setting and get rid of the “patina” effect and create a very natural look. Tissue off any excess product.