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How to: Cover an indented scar

I have been asked quite a few times to explain the process of covering an indented scar. This method is great for covering all manner of indented scars – acne indented scaring, chicken pox marks, indented surgical scars etc.

A mixture of highlighting, shading and covering can make a scar look less indented. The idea is to create the illusion that the surrounding area protrudes less.

  • Cover the scar with a camouflage/concealer that matches your skin tone of the surrounding skin.
  • Apply a slightly paler shade than this around the inside edge of the scar. I like to use a small liner brush for precision and eliminate mess. Tap this with your fingertip. Don’t rub it in.
  • Set with a thin veil of powder
  • Apply a slightly darker cream (than the one that matches your skin tone) to the area just outside of the scar (the perimeter). Once again tap don’t rub.
  • Set with powder.

If the scarring is mild you could pick yourself up a concealer palette with a variety of shades to experiment with. However, if the scarring is more obvious and visibly discoloured or deep I would recommend investing in some camouflage products. I use veil and dermacolor in my kit but there are plenty of brands on the market to suit your skin and your wallet.

I hope this helped!


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  • Jess

    yes please do a video…

  • Lipid blood testing

    An extremely awesome write-up. Ready. Very motivating!! Turn off to spark technique

  • Nosacosmetics

    Dear Amy,

    I have to say that you have put together some wonderful tips to help with all sorts of beauty problems. I hope you wouldn’t mind if we re-published some of your work on our website. We guarantee your full copyright as you will find when you go to our site. And yes, I agree with the previous comment, could you make a video/tutorial of this tip? Thank you.

    • Amy

      @Nosacosmetics That would be no problem at all. Thank you for your feedback. I plan to record a video tutorial on this topic soon. Thank you. Amy

  • Ellie

    Hi Amy,

    I was wondering whether you could do a video/tutorial on this? It’d be really appreciated :)


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