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age spots: To help lessen the appearance of age spots, increase exfoliation with a grainy scrub cream geared to your skin type. Use sun protection daily. 

applying concealer: Hide flaws with concealer a shade lighter than your foundation. Gently pat-and-press on skin with fingertip. Rubbing tends to remove the concealer. 

birthmarks: Conceal with a continuous coverage. In your palm, warm a dab of continuous coverage. Use your fingertip to put into place with gentle roll-on pats. Lightly feather over regular foundation. Finish with a powder rubdown in a shade lighter than usual. Blend. 

blotchiness: Often caused by sun exposure. Prevent with daily sunscreen of at least SPF 15, (use Sun Block SPF 30) and regular exfoliation (e.g.,  grainy scrubs). To conceal: Foundation and loose powder unify most skin tones. More extreme conditions may need Advanced Concealer SPF 11, followed by makeup and powder. A slightly shimmered powder can seemingly polish away unevenness. (Note, if skin appears blotchy, flaky red or irritated, it may be a sign of minor irritation. Apply some soothing cream for upset skin). 

broken capillaries/spider veins: These are tiny dilated blood vessels or capillaries, usually on face or legs. Aggravated by sun, wind, spicy foods, alcoholic drinks, temperature extremes. Protect face with Sun Block SPF 15. To minimize discoloration on legs, try self tanning, continuous coverage will hide imperfections on face. 

bumps/crevices: Smooth with grainy scrubs. To conceal: use a small brush, and paint target area with concealer, twirling brush to reach all surfaces. Apply foundation, powder. 

concealer dryness: If your concealer goes dry by mid-day dab on eye cream or gel to revive; set with powder. 

concealer blot-up: Caused by dry under-eye skin pulling moisture from concealer. Prevent by priming area with moisturizing eye cream or gel. If concealer still goes dry, pat daily eye saver, on top throughout the day. 

eye-area darkness: To combat eye-area darkness, always moisturize, to help 'grab' concealer into eye creases. A lip brush applies concealer precisely.. Blend by patting with the ring finger--least likely to tug delicate skin. Use concealer only in dark areas to avoid the raccoon look. Finish with powder just lighter than the rest of face. Avoid purplish shadow, dark liner. A hint of pink blush helps neutralize blue. 

eyelids -- darkness: Give eyelids the same attention as the rest of the face. Concealer, creamy eyeshadow or foundation work as primer to hide darkness, tiny capillaries. Shadow colours glide on, look even. 

furrows or freckles: Don't try to erase furrows or freckles - makeup will just look masky. A stay put base carefully powdered won't gather in creases; sheer foundation perfects freckled faces, blends imperceptibly with skin. 

new scars: May be covered as soon as the doctor says so. Dermatologists recommend continuous coverage for the way it physically blocks sun, wind, soot and prying eyes from facelift scars or chemical-peel pinkness. Note for still-sore or sunburned skin: This is the one skin that can't exfoliate for a while. Cleanse completely and gently with cleanser. 

old scars: When the scar is too wide or too deep to be totally concealed, turn your attention to evening out the surrounding skin colour. Draw attention from the scar area by playing up a favourite feature. 

precision application: How to deal with small areas: Little scars, indentations, eye corners. Using a small brush, and a cream concealer, paint the target area, twirling brush to reach all sides and surfaces. Apply foundation, powder.