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How to Makeup for Vitiligo

Step 1

Get yourself to a makeup consultant or esthetician to help you pick out which shades of makeup are best for you. This stuff isn’t your typical, everyday foundation; it’s made to last and can be used on both men and women with vitiligo. Typically, the consultant will pick out your base color, or the color closest to your natural skin tone. Then, she will recommend one or two other shades that should be blended with the base color for the perfect match. Any more than three shades should be avoided, since this can make your morning routine too complex.

Step 2

Clean the affected skin with a mild cleanser, but don’t get too rough. Scrubbing skin with vitiligo can lead to the Koebner’s phenomenon, which causes more depigmentation to occur when something is abrasive or rubs your skin; this can include things like bracelets and watches, too. Pat your skin dry after it’s squeaky clean.

Step 3

Plop a dollop of the base color onto the back of your hand and start adding the other colors gradually, blending with the makeup brush until you have the shade you want. It should match your skin tone exactly. Don’t freak out if it takes you a few tries to get the color right; it’s a trial-and-error process and it takes a little bit of patience.

Step 4

Dot a little bit of makeup into the center of the area you want to cover and blend outward with your fingers. The goal is to feather the makeup around the ends of the patch to make it look natural. Once you’ve covered up, let the makeup set for about five minutes.

Step 5

Dab a cotton ball into the translucent loose powder and dab it lightly over the camouflage makeup. This sets the makeup even further. After that, waiting is all it takes. Camouflage makeup typically takes about an hour or so to become indestructible, meaning, waterproof and resistant to smudging.

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