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There are days where we feel bold enough to bare our fresh face to the world, but sometimes we simply want to feel like the most polished version of ourselves. Makeup is a great tool to cover up dark spots on the face and empower us for the day ahead. With long workdays and even longer nights out, targeted correction and makeup longevity is key! We understand that everyone has their own specific skin concerns and insecurities, so we have put together a trusty guide for how to cover dark spots with long-lasting coverage using some of our most beloved products.

Our 5 favourite tips for using makeup to cover dark spots

While dedicated hero makeup products do the heavy lifting when it comes to covering up dark spots on the face, our habits pre- and post-makeup application can be just as important to keep our makeup from moving and sliding throughout the day. The correct skincare preparation will act as a base for your makeup products, and your face powder or setting spray will help seal all your dark spot-correcting work in place. Our goal is to help you find products to even out the appearance of your skin tone and keep your makeup looking radiant. Read on to learn how you can apply makeup to cover dark spots on your face and which products will complement each other.

Prep the skin

Before we dive into how to cover dark spots with makeup, let’s work out how we can give our CC cream and concealer the best chance to lock in long-lasting coverage.

Consider incorporating a serum before moisturiser to target your dark spots. The Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Face Serum is suitable for all skin types and has been formulated to visibly improve skin discolouration and clarity. After cleansing, apply 4-5 drops onto your fingertips and disperse evenly around your face and neck.

Creating a perfected makeup base is synonymous with using makeup primer, and IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better Makeup Primer has that makeup-gripping quality that we love. Apply a thin layer of this oil-free primer after your serum and moisturiser to refine your skin’s texture and keep it hydrated for when you apply your dark spot-correcting makeup.

Colour-correct dark spots with CC cream

When figuring out how to cover dark spots, you might be automatically inclined to reach for the thickest, fullest coverage foundation you can find. But some formulas might feel overly heavy on your skin or crease and crack throughout the day, undoing all your careful application. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50 achieves the monolithic task of acting like a full coverage, buildable foundation that colour-corrects, brightens, hydrates and offers SPF 50 UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection. Formulated with niacinamide to help minimise the look of discolouration, this CC cream is a must-have in your makeup bag to cover up dark spots on the face.

Apply your CC cream of choice using either a makeup brush or damp beauty blender to build up to your preferred level of coverage, minimise the look of dark spots and even out your skin tone.

Use a concealer for covering dark spots

When applying makeup to cover dark spots on your face, you’ll probably find that concealer is the product you turn to again and again for both light and heavy makeup days. Just like the name suggests, the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Dark Spots Concealer + Serum with Niacinamide has been designed precisely with dark spot coverage in mind.

This product boasts skin-loving ingredients like niacinamide to diminish the look of dark spots and discolouration. The lightweight, medium-coverage formula can be seamlessly applied under or over other makeup for a natural finish that won’t look cakey on the skin.

How and where to apply concealer is down to the individual, but covering up dark spots on the face is easy with the precise doe-foot applicator or your go-to concealer brush. Select a shade that matches your foundation so your concealer blends in perfectly with your makeup look and draws attention away from dark spots.


Set makeup with powder and spray

Setting your makeup is the final step in securing long-lasting coverage of dark spots. Remove unwanted shine and get that airbrushed finish with a loose setting powder or, if your skin is on the oiler side, consider following it up with a touch of pressed powder. And finally, apply a mist of Your Skin But Better Setting Spray to infuse your skin with hydration and prolong the life of your makeup. With your makeup locked in place, those dark spots won’t see the light of day!

Always remove your makeup before bed

This might be a no-brainer, but it’s worth reiterating that keeping your skin in prime condition can make covering up dark spots on your face that much easier. Ensure you use a cleanser at night before bed to remove makeup, oil and other pollutants to help keep your complexion clear. If your hyperpigmented skin needs a little love outside of your makeup routine, consider introducing the Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream to help diminish the appearance of dark spots. This retinol anti-wrinkle cream is suitable for all skin types to restore balance to the skin tone and can be introduced into your routine slowly before building up to daily use.

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