Cam * ou * flag (kam e-flaj) n. Camouflage is defined in the dictionary as a method of completely concealing objects, so that they appear as a natural part of the surrounding environment. This goes for the advanced camouflage makeup available today that conceals major to minor skin imperfections, delicately, yet with a completely natural look. This new technology delivers the convenience of a cover-up formula that works on face and body without the need for setting powder.
Application techniques are also becoming more patient-friendly to accommodate women and men who may not be wearing regular makeup, but need to cover up unsightly skin imperfections. According to the latest standards demanded by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other skin care professionals, camouflaging cosmetics must have these inherent qualities:
* Clinically tested
* Allergy test
* Without fragrance
* Opaque coverage
* long term
* Suitable for all skin types
* Choose a natural shade
* Ease of application
Placebo therapy serves as an ancillary service to a physician’s care, helping people to help themselves. Skin problems can range from pigmentation disorders to post-surgical trauma to skin diseases. The camouflage material should be versatile enough to conceal most skin imperfections including: birthmarks, post-laser redness, surgical discoloration, chemical peels, bruises, hypo- and hyper-pigmentation, vitiligo, rosacea, lupus, melasma, dark eye circles, broken capillaries, craniofacial fissures and leaks, acne spots, psoriasis veins, superficial scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines and furrows, freckles, etc. tattoo.
Corrective cosmetics should accompany detailed instructions so that patients can master the wrap applications that best suit their needs. They want the instructions to be short, simple, and easy to follow at home. Support services should ideally be provided on a toll-free number or on a dedicated website.
In today’s society, where image and outward appearance are getting more and more important, camouflage is quickly gaining practicality. Says Stephen D. Shapiro, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, Palm Beach Gardens, FL: “Cosmetic cover-ups are desirable options for removing some of the emotional barriers caused by skin disfigurement. He lauds the fact that New Age concealers are uncomplicated and satisfying to the multi-generational patient base.
With the increasing use of camouflage to hide skin imperfections, new application techniques have been developed by estheticians and corrective makeup artists to deliver satisfactory results to their clients. Consider these case studies:
* Case 1. Linda K, born with a large wine stain extending from her neck to her shoulder. As a twin, having such a noticeable birthmark was very upsetting during her formative years. Until I discovered a concealer that really lasted, I tried to live with it. However, now she applies a one-step formula that goes on creamy and dries to a matte finish and wore a low-cut dress to her daughter’s wedding.
*Case No. 2. Angela E. She was born with a hemangioma on her face which had grown to gigantic proportions and seriously disfigured her both physically and mentally. With the support of her grandmother and caring doctors, she underwent more than 30 surgeries and grafts to give her a more natural appearance. Now that I’m in my late teens, camouflage makeup has been a welcome solution to some of the scarring and uneven skin tone that resulted from reconstructive surgery.
Proven application techniques:
According to Christina Smith, Oscar-nominated Hollywood makeup artist, “I couldn’t do my job without camouflaging cosmetics. Most of the beautiful stars I work with have something to hide and have to give coverage that lasts under studio lights. Often, I need to blend two or more shades to get the perfect match for my clients’ skin tone (there’s no retouching in film photography). easier.
* Camouflage foundation is very opaque and should be applied gradually until full coverage is achieved. Allow time for the makeup to dry completely.
* Corrective cosmetics should be worn under or over make-up, or alone.
* For best results, choose a camouflage makeup shade that matches your skin tone. Match the covered area because the skin on your hand may be a different color than your face.
* Use a light, non-greasy primer before applying camouflage products. This primer will help prepare the skin for a smoother application.
* Blending is the key to successful camouflage in large areas. For a smooth, even finish, apply the cover material and use a dry, wedge-shaped sponge to evenly blend the makeup all over the face and neck. For targeted areas such as scars and blemishes, use fingertips to blend edges.
* Try using camouflage products for contouring: use a shade slightly darker than your natural skin tone to reduce areas. For example, to reduce a wide nose, draw a contour line on both sides of the nose and blend it with a sponge. Contouring and highlighting can help reduce the appearance of swelling.
* Camouflage products are so much more than your average foundation and concealer. May be used daily as a base for uneven skin tones and to reduce redness associated with rosacea.
* For damaged areas, use a camouflage cream slightly darker than the skin color because scar tissue usually loses pigment.
* For post-surgery use concealers with a creamy texture so as not to tighten the skin during the application process.
* It is recommended that plastic surgery patients buy their pre-surgery camouflage makeup in the correct shade because it is difficult to “shop after surgery.”
* After procedures around the eyes, it may be easier for the patient to use a highly pigmented coverage stick with a creamy texture to get into the corners and avoid pulling the delicate eye area.
* A word of caution – all cosmetic cover-ups should never be used to open skin lesions or irritated skin. Seek a doctor’s advice if you are in doubt about the appropriate time to apply concealer.