What Are Stretch Marks?
Striae, more commonly known as “Stretch Marks” are microscopic breaks in your skin’s dermal layer. Physically they appear as either white (Striae alba) or red marks (Striae rubra) that run along your skin in serrated parallel lines that may or may not converge. In severe cases, they can sometimes appear in lattice-like patterns that look as if the stretch marks have been woven together.
There has been a dozen of theories as to the primary cause of these stretch marks. So far, all these theories seem to fall on either of the two categories: weight gain and hormonal imbalance.
Using Make Up To Hide Your Stretch Marks
Makeup has long been used by women all over the world either to enhance* what they already like about themselves or hide parts of their faces and bodies that they don’t like so much. More often than not, it is usually the latter. Now, it would only make sense to apply this age-old wisdom to conceal our stretch marks.
Sure we can wait 4 weeks to a year to see results before we expose any parts of our bodies that have stretch marks but what if the mark exists in a rather conspicuous part of your body? I don’t think it will be acceptable to any of you to wear jeans all throughout the summer just because you are conscious of the stretch marks on your knees or the back of your legs. This is where wearing makeup comes in. Making our stretch marks less obvious by harnessing the magical powers of concealer is by far the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to diminish* the appearance of stretch marks.
Make Up Tips To Hide Stretch Marks
- Clean The Affected Area: First off, before you can apply any make-up, you must clean the affected area. This is a crucial step if you want to avoid too many touch ups. Dirt, dust and the natural oils on the skin all combine to make it difficult to make up to stick.
- Choose The Right Makeup: Choosing the right makeup is important especially if you have very sensitive skin. We don’t want to cover up your stretch marks only to find out you’ve developed rashes in the area, do you? You will also want to choose makeup that matches your skin tone perfectly. What’s the point of cover up your stretch marks if the affected area looks like it’s been covered all over with a mustardy color? You will want to get make-up in a shade that is one shade darker than your actual skin tone. Another couple of criterion for choosing the right make up is price and wearability. The makeup you choose must both fit your budget and be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.
- Even Out The Skin Tones: As mentioned above, it is important for your makeup to blend in perfectly with your skin. This is to give the illusion that your skin really is that perfect and stretch mark free.
- Concealer Is A Great Help: When it comes to any kind of blemish on your face or your body, concealer is your absolute best friend. Here are some great tips to make your stretch marks vanish in an instant.
- Use a Concealer Brush: Using a dedicated concealer brush will give you more control and more precision when applying your concealer.
- Use Your Fingers: If you find a concealer brush too bothersome you may also just use your fingers. The key to using your fingers is to PAT, not SWIPE the concealer. Swiping the concealer will erase it and rub it off.
- Green for Red: Using green concealer will help hide red stretch marks by neutralizing the redness of your marks. So put on a little bit of the concealer until the redness disappears and set with a foundation in your skin color.
- A Shade Darker for White: For white stretch marks, find a concealer that is a shade or two darker than your actual skin color. Then set the concealer using foundation in your skin tone.
- Set The Products To Last Longer: To make your makeup last longer, invest in a good quality primer and setting powder. It’s going to cost you a little money, but it’s going to make touch-ups a thing of the past.
- Consider Spray Or Self Tanning: Of all the options this is the easiest and most practical. These things come pretty cheap at the drug store, don’t rub off and stay on for days. Find a spray tan in your exact color and you can practically be naked without anybody knowing you have stretch marks.
I say, consider self-tanning. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it lasts long. If you have skin matching problems with the spray tan (as you most likely will because the shade options are a little limited) you may touch it up with a little bit of concealer if you like.