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How to Cover Up a Big Scar on the Face

author image Nicki Howell
Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.
How to Cover Up a Big Scar on the Face
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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.

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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.

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