How to Cover Up a Big Scar on the Face

You may have a large scar on your face as the result of an injury or medical condition. Facial scars are typically red or pink in color. The area may also have a shiny appearance. Cosmetics, applied correctly, give you an effective way to cover facial scars. Most scars fade six to 18 months after the injury. Covering up scars during this time will minimize their appearance during the healing process.

A young woman is applying makeup. (Image: XiXinXing/XiXinXing/Getty Images)

Step 1

Choose a green-tinted concealer to get rid of the scar's redness. Green concealer is available at most makeup counters and drugstores. Apply a light layer of the product to the facial scar using a makeup sponge. This will prevent bacteria transfer from your fingers to the skin.

Step 2

Lightly apply a regular concealer over the facial scar next. Pour concealer onto a clean makeup sponge. Lightly blend the concealer over and around the scarred area. Avoid using too much concealer, which can create a caked look.

Step 3

Apply foundation to your face with a makeup sponge. Blend the product over your entire face to avoid creating unnatural makeup lines. Carefully blend the makeup into the your jawline.

Step 4

Apply a matte powder to set the makeup. Use a loose power with a large brush and blend the powder into the skin with a circular motion. Brushing the powder over the facial scar will make the scar's appearance less noticeable.

Step 5

Check your makeup application in the mirror and fix it as necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Green concealer

  • Regular concealer

  • Skin foundation

  • Loose powder

  • Makeup brush


If your scar’s appearance hasn’t improved within 18 months, talk with your dermatologist. She can recommend treatments such as laser light therapy, dermabrasion or a punch graft procedure to minimize the appearance of your facial scar.


Protect your scar from sun exposure. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on your skin. Some makeup has sunscreen built in or you can purchase it separately and apply before makeup.

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