Cosmetic camouflage is the art of using cosmetics to conceal permanent or temporary marks or defects that may detract from a person's appearance. In many cases, a person may use cosmetics to conceal birth marks, scars or bruising on his or her face or other areas of the body. Individuals who suffer from uneven skin tone, rashes or breakouts may also use cosmetic camouflage to improve the way their skin looks. In some cases, it is possible to accomplish this type of camouflage using standard cosmetics, but there are several companies that also produce products specifically for the purpose of camouflaging imperfections. Some makeup artists and medical aestheticians specialize in offering cosmetic camouflage services and can assist individuals with cosmetic concerns in developing an appropriate personal appearance regimen.
Many people are sensitive about skin imperfections, particularly those that appear on their face or other visible areas of their bodies such as their arms and legs. For example, many women routinely use concealer under their eyes to hide dark circles. When an individual suffers an injury to the face, undergoes plastic surgery or develops a skin condition that results in a visible rash or scarring, they may wish to address changes in their appearance through the use of specialized cosmetics and makeup artistry techniques.
Individuals may begin the work of cosmetic camouflage through the use of specially formulated concealers and foundations. These products are typically highly pigmented and come in a variety of shades that can both neutralize skin discoloration as well as cover scars and other markings. While it may be impossible to completely conceal the appearance of certain imperfections without giving an individual an artificial or heavily made-up look, it may be possible to greatly lessen the imperfections appearance. For example, an individual with rosacea, or who has a number of red acne blemishes on his face, may be able to use a concealer with a yellow tint to counteract the redness, making it far less noticeable.
It is also possible to perform cosmetic camouflage on other areas of the body. Many women, for example, who have scars or rashes on their legs may use specially formulated leg makeup to conceal these markings. It is also possible for those who suffer from the loss of skin pigmentation through conditions such as vitiligo to cover up areas that have lost pigmentation through the use of these body cosmetics. Companies that sell such cosmetics often provide individuals with instruction in their use, as well as additional products, such as moisturizing bases and cosmetic removers, that can ease the use of cosmetic camouflage.