How to Hide Scars in the Summer

Don't let scars ruin your summer vacation.
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If that last cycling trip left you with a permanent scar as a souvenir, you may cringe at the idea of sliding into skin-baring summer clothing. Skimpy summer wear seems to highlight all the skin flaws that you would rather forget about. Before you toss out your tank tops, try some pretty nifty concealment techniques to keep the scar under wraps. With a combination of stellar makeup tricks, no one has to know about your scar except for you.

Dab a dot of the concealer onto the scar and blend it only over the scar using your fingertip or a cosmetic sponge. Wait 60 seconds until the concealer dries completely. Choose an oil-free concealer that matches the color of the scar; if the scar is red, choose a concealer with a green undertone to counteract the redness.

Pour a pea-sized amount of foundation that matches your skin tone into your hand. Insert a small makeup brush into the foundation until the tip is covered.

Dab the foundation onto the center of the scar and gently brush outward toward the edges of the scar. Continue applying foundation until you can no longer see the scar.

Wait at least five minutes to allow the foundation to dry thoroughly. If any portion of the scar is still visible, apply another layer of foundation using the makeup brush.

Pick up a small amount of translucent loose powder with a powder brush and dust a light layer over the foundation. This will set it the foundation in place and remove any attention-grabbing shine.

  • Always apply sunscreen to your scar before going outside. Scar tissue often darkens faster than surrounding skin does, which can make it more noticeable.
  • If you will be outdoors or sweating, opt for waterproof concealer and foundation.
  • If the scar is new, try applying an over-the-counter scar strip each night to help fade it. Older scars can benefit from fade creams which are available by prescription only.

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.