Desi girls leapt with joy when Sonam Kapoor Ahuja laid out her skincare and makeup routine for a leading publication last year. The most endearing part about her feature was how unapologetic and real she got about skin issues.

One makeup step was particularly focused on how to cover up brown spots and pigmentation marks on the face. She touched on the fact that most girls might not have access to a variety of products to do so, but can always find the ‘jugaad’ with the ones that are available.

Turns out, you can cover even the most stubborn dark spots and pigmentation marks on your face with the help of makeup. Here’s how…

 

Know your undertone

Know your undertone

The best thing you can do for your makeup skills is to buy products according to your skin’s undertone. Use this hack to find your undertone — Look at the veins in your arms. If they appear blue, you have a cool undertone. If your veins appear green, you have a warm undertone and mix of blue and green indicates neutral undertones. Makeup products like foundations and concealers work best when they match your natural undertone.

 

Use a blurring formula

Use a blurring formula

Prepping your face the right way is key to building a strong base for your makeup. Use a blurring formula for your primer; this will blur out your imperfections and pores and give you a matte finish.

BB Picks: Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer

 

Use an orange corrector

Use an orange corrector

A tip we picked straight from Sonam’s tutorial is the use of an orange-toned colour corrector for your dark spots, pigmentations marks and dark circles. Colour correction is often overlooked when it comes to everyday makeup, but peachy tones for fair skin and more redder-orange tones for dusky skin world wonders to hide the problem areas.

 

Layer your foundation before setting with powder

Layer your foundation before setting with powder

You might have tried layering your mascara with multiple coats for that extra oomph. Turns out, layering works for your foundation equally well. Layer your medium to full coverage foundation to seamlessly cover dark spots. Allow your layers to set before you add finishing touches with a powder.

BB Picks: Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation

 

Dab loose powder before applying a concealer

Dab loose powder before applying a concealer

By now, you should know that concealer goes AFTER foundation. This is done so that you don’t smear concealer all over your face with a foundation brush or a beauty blender. But a spot corrector hack you can use is to dab extra loose translucent powder on the spot before applying the concealer. This helps conceal the problem area more seamlessly.

BB picks: Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder - Universal Shade

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