What’s the best way to conceal or remove a very large, visible birthmark? What makeup should I use, and how do I apply it? Birthmark and makeup details inside.
I have a large birthmark on the outside of my upper left arm. It stretches from below my shoulder to below the inside of my elbow, and it’s about 3 inches wide. It’s dark brown with many black spots (not raised) and a few white spots; the term is “cafe au lait,” I believe. Here’s a picture
(SFW, apologies if linking isn’t allowed) -- the brown is a lot darker than it looks. In the past, I’ve always just worn half-sleeved sweaters, henleys, and dolmans to cover it up, but I would really like to wear what I want and not have to worry about covering my arms.
My question is: what brand and color of makeup should I use? How do I apply it well enough to cover up the whole birthmark in public (especially the dark spots) and reasonably quickly (under 15 minutes daily)? I’d appreciate specific brand/color suggestions for my Asian skin tone and instructions or videos.
Currently I have Dermablend Professional makeup. The list is
- leg and body tattoo primer no. 1 (main product)
- setting powder, white
- cover creme, chroma 1 ⅔, sand beige
- another professional cover creme, tan-ish (no label)
- smooth indulgence redness concealer, matte finish, green-ish
- 2 brushes, one large and one small
Here’s a picture
of what I have.
I did try using all of them once to cover up my arm. It mostly succeeded, but it took at least an hour and several coats with various products, which was a lot of trouble. Plus, it didn’t fully cover the black spots, and my entire arm seemed like it was glowing orange, so I had to apply coats to my other arm to make it look consistent. And the makeup wore off during the evening.
I think the main problem is that I don’t have the correct shades for my arm: the main product (the primer) is much too orange, and the powders and cremes are too white. The redness concealer does help a little. For what it’s worth, I’m Asian, so I have a light brown/yellow skin tone and probably a green undertone.
(Alternatively, is there any laser surgery I can have done that works permanently? I’ve tried removal before, but it only resulted in itching and flaking and did not lighten the area.)