Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that darkens the skin and results in uneven skin tone and can be very difficult to cover. I am personally affected by this condition, and it makes life difficult. The condition is caused by many factors; disease, sun exposure, medications, and hormonal changes are just a few of the stimulants that can spark an outbreak. Finding the best makeup to cover hyperpigmentation well can be expensive, especially if there is a large area to cover, such as the legs. In addition to finding a product that covers well, a product that doesn’t transfer onto clothing great. Few things are as embarrassing as thinking you are super cute at an event, only to go to the bathroom and find that your brown foundation has feathered onto your sheer turquoise ruffled blouse and not one of your “friends” bothered to tell you. Transferring makeup also limits clothing options and can ruin clothing because it doesn’t always come off in the wash or at the dry cleaners.
Make Up For Ever Concealer
The Make Up For Ever line is sold exclusively through Sephora. The Full Cover Concealer is designed to cover tattoos, scars, burns, and other skin maladies flawlessly and is available in 12 shades. It is full coverage, oil-free, and the light texture has a matte finish that stays put. There is an entire cosmetic line that works in conjunction with the concealer, including the Precision Highlighter & Concealer Brush which has high quality 100 percent fiber bristles. This multi-purpose makeup tool is a godsend for precise concealer application.
Dermablend Cover Creme and Intense Powder Camo
Dermablend has been around for over 30 years and is well respected by makeup artists and the medical community, and as a lupus survivor with massive discoloration, it was the first product I found that disguised my hyperpigmentation and allowed me to wear what I wanted without being self-conscience about it coming off on my clothing.
Originally, the foundation was very hard to work with because it had a clayish consistency and the colors were limited, but it worked, did not transfer, and is waterproof. But after the reformulation, the Dermablend Cover Creme texture is creamy and much easier to work with, plus there are more shades to choose from. One of the newest additions to the Dermablend line is the Intense Power Camo, a highly pigmented concealer that covers and camouflages irregularities. Also, you can determine the finish and coverage levels with various application methods and they provide before and after photos and application tips.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
MAC cosmetics are fantastic for covering skin imperfections because there are so many shades and formulas that cater to different coverage needs that finding the right one for you is never an issue. The Studio Fix collection hides discoloration without making you look like you have piles of makeup on, plus all MAC cosmetics have a lot of pigments so a little goes a long way. Their sales representatives are also makeup artists, and they know a great deal about tones and undertones, something most people know very little about and they are happy to educate you. I use a combination; Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation and together they cover my hyperpigmentation beautifully without looking obvious. While it can transfer to clothing and is not waterproof, the Studio Fix powder provides some staying power and again, MAC has the most comprehensive color collection, guaranteeing a perfect color match.
Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation
One that I am dying to try next is Black Opal Total Coverage Foundation. The 2-in-1 formula is part foundation, part concealer and provides a smooth coverage that camouflages and evens out skin tone in one step. It also has skin-protecting minerals that protect against environmental stress inducers.