Insert from: Camouflage and Makeup Preparations
Camouflage makeup is an opaque, cream/wax-based
product. It is also known as corrective makeup or concealor.
It should be matched in color to the area on the
face that it will cover.
There are several brands of camouflage makeup on
the market. They all have the same goal—to diminish,
conceal, and disguise unsightly skin discoloration or
disfiguring scars. There are many causes of such discoloration:
aesthetic surgery, chloasma, or other hyperpigmentation
problems; acne scars, lupus, telangiectasia,
tattoos, hemangioma, scleroderma, nevus, vitiligo and
other hypopigmentation problems; rosacea, varicose
veins, traumatic scaring—the list is almost endless.
Wherever there is skin discoloration, camouflage
makeup is designed to diminish or completely mask the
problem, leaving the person with a normalized appearance.
Because of the unique needs of the postaesthetic
surgery or laser skin resurfacing patient, there are some
specific characteristics that camouflage makeup products
- Colors. Camouflage makeup must match all ethnic skin tones and skin nuances.
- Opacity. Camouflage makeup must have the ability to conceal or mask all types of skin discoloration.
- Waterproof. Camouflage makeup must be wash-off resistant for wearability in the rain, while swimming, or when active in sports.
- Holding power. It must be able to adhere to nonporous tissue of laser-resurfaced, chemical-peeled, or dermabraided skin without sliding off.
- Longer wear. Because of the nature of the use of this product, it must provide the personal security of being long-wearing and easily repaired if necessary.
- Ease of application: Camouflage products should not be difficult to apply. Complicated application will discourage their use.
These products are used as an aid to normalize an
individual’s appearance when it has been negatively
altered due to skin discolorations that naturally and
normally follow some forms of aesthetic surgery and
laser skin resurfacing.
These products are considered specialty products, as
they are not beauty, glamour, or fashion-oriented
makeup products. They are designed to diminish or conceal skin discoloration for all people regardless of
age or ethnic or cultural origin.
Camouflage products are highly pigmented, opaque,
and formulated with a vehicle that will allow them to
adhere and hold to all types and textures of porous and
nonporous skin, thus enabling them to diminish or
conceal skin discoloration regardless of origin. They are
waterproof when powdered thoroughly with setting
powder. There are many skin matching shades to
Camouflage products are best applied with a foam
rubber or synthetic sponge in a patting motion. The
patting motion applies the product to the surface of the
skin and does not clog the pores, which allows the skin
to retain its natural breathing characteristics. The setting
powder used should be colorless and translucent
so the camouflage product does not change color.
Camouflage products are best removed with a watermiscible
or water-soluble cream type makeup remover.
Alcohol or acetone based removers are excessively drying
and irritating to sensitive skin. Apply the remover
liberally to emulsify the camouflage makeup and then
wipe it off with cotton pats. Then wash the face with a
mild, glycerin soap and rinse off thoroughly with tepid
water and pat dry. This can be followed by any preferred
moisturizer or emollient for sensitive skin. Emulsifying
breaks up the makeup to wipe it off, and the
glycerin soap cleans the skin.
It is difficult to discuss makeup preparations and
camouflage makeup without bringing into focus
makeup myths and the Pre- and Postaesthetic surgery