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Makeup Tips
Tip No. 1
Tips from Susan, a professional makeup artist: Use a water-based liquid foundation first. Usually only females use this technique. Male skin is ruddier and can be matched up with just camouflage. For males it actually looks more natural to have less perfect coverage if the skin is not perfectly even, or just use a small amount of liquid foundation if necessary before starting the camouflage technique. The first mistake most people make is they only use one color and pack it on. This will never look natural and the product will break down and separate.

  1. If you have oily skin, wipe clean first. If you have dry skin, apply a lightweight (lotion) moisturizer and massage until it is totally absorbed into your skin.

  2. Choose two colors of camouflage, one slightly lighter than your natural skin color and one darker than your natural skin color. The setting powder should be translucent (not the white that is in the Dermablend line). Translucent powder is made by most cosmetic companies and does not change the color of the camouflaged area. Almost always the chemical reaction of the setting powder over the camouflage will darken the camouflage slightly.

  3. Use the lighter color first, applying with either your middle finger or a camouflage brush (nylon brush that can be found in any paint store). Use enough product that the discoloration of your port wine stain is completely covered. Do not blend this first layer.

  4. Use the second darker color over your first camouflage color, blending with your finger only and by pressing, not wiping the camouflage. Apply enough so that the combination covers your port wine stain and matches the surrounding color of your natural skin. (Is the natural color of the rest of your skin even?) If the area looks slightly lighter, even and well covered then go to the next step.

  5. Set with translucent powder using a powder puff or dry sponge. Keep pressing into the camouflaged area until the camouflage has absorbed all the powder and the area feels dry to the touch. Your port wine stain will now stay covered the entire day and will be water resistant but not rub proof.
Tip No. 2: Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets
Just wanted to pass along this makeup tip. This is great if you live in hot, humid weather. Johnson and Johnson has a product called Clean & Clear instant oil-absorbing sheets. You can get them at almost any drug-store (shampoo section) I think. They cost a little over $5. I use them in the spring and summer. By mid-day the side of my nose gets very oily, these little sheets take the oil right off without smudging your makeup. You blot them where ever you need. Also, someone mentioned on this website, something about makeup brushes. The Sheer Cover that will be marketed very soon will come with a very nice makeup brush (real horse-hair). They felt very strongly about using good brushes to apply any kind of makeup. I have 2 of them and they are very nice. Just an fyi.

Contributed by Wendy, Birthmarks.com Newsgroup member

Tip No. 3: Total Block
Speaking of makeup, etc., thought I would pass this along since summer here is well on its way. I had my 2nd vasculite tx today and the clinical nurse introduced me to Total Block four weeks ago. I've tried the sample packets and like alot. Its a lotion SPF 60 tinted or SPF 65 Clear. I like the clear! The tinted I tried, but doesn't provide me with enough coverage and doesn't match my skin color too well. This is great for the summer especially in between treatments. They give it out for skin cancer protection, post laser surgery, drug photosensitivity, post radiation therapy, etc. Here is the website if interested: www.totalblock.com. This way you don't have to worry at all about sun exposure on the face.

Contributed by Wendy, Birthmarks.com Newsgroup member

Tip No. 4: Lyn’s Ten-Minute Makeup Routine
Lyn contributed the following step-by-step instructions. We’ve seen the pictures and she looks amazing!

  1. I wash with a Cetaphil Cleansing Bar ($4.), then, I apply my regular moisturizer, which I top with Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Lotion, SPF 45 ($8.49).

  2. I wait a minute or two for the moisturizer to soak in before appling Max Factor Panstick ($6.79) with a wet sponge as my foundation. I am very pale, so I use #121, Nude Ivory. It's sort of heavy, but now that I'm getting older, I find it's very good for my skin and gives full coverage. Whatever shade you select, however, be sure it has a yellow rather than a pink undertone, so that it will reall cover the PWS.

  3. I use a light coat of Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick ($4.69) in green on top of the PWS only. After that, I apply a coat of the same Physicians Formula Conceler Stick in yellow under each eye to cover my dark circles. Yes, do this even if you have PWS under one eye to keep it uniform.

  4. Then, I apply Mary Kay Signature Concealer in Light Ivory all over the PWS, feathering and blending it at the edges. I also apply the concealer under my eyes-- it hides the "luggage" (bags).

  5. Finally, I top the whole thing off with Cover Girl Fragrance-Free Pressed Powder (about $5.) in Creamy Natural. I press it gently into my skin as I apply it. Then, I use a cotton square to lightly remove excess powder so it doesn't cake up.

If you wear this combo, the trick during the day is to blot with a cotton square before applying powder. Then, powder sparsely only two or three times during the workday. I never use translucent powder because it makes the thicker makeup on the PWS look darker and more obvious. Colored powder does a much better job of evening the makeup shades all over the face. I also avoid eyeshadow. Personally, I think it draws the eyes to the "shadow" of the PWS if it is close to your eye. And, I always wear really bright lipstick, too. Emphasizing part of my face without the PWS has to draw the eye away from it. This routine may sound like a real pain, the whole process really only takes me about ten minutes in the morning.

(Editor's Note, Mary Kay Signature Concealer is available through Mary Kay consultants, www.marykay.com. All other products are available at major drugstores or www.walgreens.com.)
Lyn with makeup on.Contributed by Lyn, Birthmarks.com Newsgroup member
Tip #5 Dermablend and Cover Blend Application Tips from a Professional
Denise Johnson’s birthmark was the inspiration for her career: “I’ve been working as a professional makeup artist in theatre, print and film for almost four years. But I started doing makeup long before that, towards the end of the fifth grade when the staring and comments from the other kids really began to bother me. By the sixth grade, I knew how to cover my port wine stain with a concealing stick. Later, I discovered Dermablend. My dermatologist calls my port wine stain a “classic.” It’s on the left side of my face, extending from my lower eyelid to the top of my upper lip. Over the years, laser treatments have lightened it quite a bit, and recently, I was able to switch from Dermablend to CoverBlend, which is much lighter. I still recommend Dermablend for darker birthmarks, since CoverBlend doesn’t seem to cover as well. Here’s my six-step Dermablend routine.”Moisturize your face. This step is important for even coverage, and allows for the makeup to adhere better to the skin.


  1. Place a small amount of Dermablend in the palm of your hand and warm it up by working it with your index finger until creamy.


  2. Apply the Dermablend to the birthmark, using a tapping motion.


  3. Let it dry, then add a second layer if the birthmark still shows. Remember to apply Dermablend to only the area needed.


  4. For the rest of your face, follow with a separate medium coverage foundation. Apply with your fingers. I always tap some foundation over the Dermablend area to blend in better.


  5. Lightly dust with translucent powder using a powder brush.

You can follow the same basic routine using Cover Blend.  It’s already creamy so it can be applied directly from the container.  Use the same tapping motion. I recommend using a separate, light to mediumc overage liquid foundation on the rest of the face, then a very light dusting of powder. Please feel free to contact me at: www.johnsonphotos.com