Most plastic surgeries leave swelling, bruising and scars that disable you to interact socially or return to work. This is where camouflage cosmetics come in. It is used to hide the post-surgical side effects for both men and women, helping the patients to resume normal activities quickly.
Camouflage is defined in the dictionary as a way of disguising completely in order to appear naturally as part of the surroundings. In using camouflage cosmetics, the main goal is to conceal minor to major skin imperfections accurately, leaving a perfectly natural look.
Camouflage cosmetics are used for three purposes – concealing, color correcting and contouring.
Concealers are foundations that are thick, opaque and creamy, which hides incision lines and bruises. These camouflage concealers are mixed with foundation, eye makeup or color correctors to prevent delicate skin creases.
Color correctors are used to blend the post-surgical marks with the patient’s normal skin tone.
Contour products, whether light or dark, can hide swelling by giving the area an appearance of shadows and highlights. This kind of camouflage cosmetics is most popular after facial implants, nose surgery or any surgeries involving the face.
Also Known As: Cover Makeup, Paramedical Cosmetics or Corrective Make-Up
History of Camouflage Cosmetics
Unfortunately, the origins of camouflage cosmetics have been buried through time. Most of the records of its history are lost and majority of available information relies more on rumor than facts.
However, certain dates and names of the late 19th century and early 20th century are available from archives. Important names that shape cosmetic camouflage include Elizabeth Arden, Max Factor, Covermark, Joyce Allsworth and many more.
Makeup was originally used for women’s street demonstrations and theaters. It gradually became a significant part of plastic post-surgery when various people opened an outpatient center specializing in cosmetic camouflage.
Today, leading cosmetic manufacturers recognize this need and through different techniques, produce a variety of cosmetics, which are available in over-the-counter and beauty shops.
Benefits of Camouflage Cosmetics
Healthy individuals benefit from camouflage cosmetics by enhancing appearance through concealment of unwanted aesthetic effects of various health problems.
Camouflage cosmetics will also benefit patients after a medical and cosmetic surgery. It can conceal bruising, incision lines, swelling and other side effects of invasive procedure.
It benefits people experiencing skin imperfections such as birthmarks, chemical peels, post-laser redness, surgical discolorations, bruiding, lupus, rosacea, dark eye circles, acne scars, hyper pigmentation, vitiligo, melasma, broken capillaries, varicose veins, surface scars, spider veins, and broke capillaries.
It also conceals cleft and craniofacial conditions, sunspots, age spots, brown spots, furrows, freckles, uneven skin tone and tattoos.
Candidate for Camouflage Cosmetics Therapy
Suitable candidates for camouflage cosmetics are patients of all ethnic origins, male or female of all ages with traumatic or congenital lesions, including surgical scars.
The Camouflage Cosmetics Techniques
Using camouflage cosmetics is not as simple as you may think. Each condition uses either concealing, color correcting, contouring or a combination of cosmetics.
* Concealers are thicker than regular foundation makeup. It can cover scars, bruises and healed incision lines on the patient’s face or body.
In choosing concealing cosmetics, find opaque and waterproof concealers that are creamy enough to prevent pulling of the skin when applying it. When you find a concealer that matches your skin tone, you may not combine foundation makeup with it.
Applying concealer around your eyes can be tricky. Using concealers on delicately thin skin around your eyes may not be a good idea since the concealer will collect in the creases. Instead, use a normal liquid foundation, eye makeup or color corrector.
* Color correctors are used to conceal or disguise the redness or yellowish shade that occurs after dermabrasion or chemical peels. Color correctors come in tints – green shades counteract with redness, while lavender shades neutralizes yellow tones.
Color correctors are less opaque than concealers are. It is similar to the sheerness and consistency of foundations. For this reason, it is best to use it combined with normal foundation.
* Contouring products can be applied anywhere on the face. However, it is generally applied to conceal swelling after facial implants or nose surgery. These products create a dimension using light and shadow – darker spots recede, while lighter spots appear to come forward.
In contouring, you will need two separate products – a highlighter (around two shades lighter than your foundation) and a contour shadow (around two shades darker than your foundation.
Blending is the most important part of contouring. Once you’ve mastered applying appropriate shades of foundation, you can use contouring to narrow your nose, minimize swelling of facial parts or create higher cheekbones.
Based on the latest criteria by skin care professionals, plastic surgeons and dermatologists, camouflage cosmetics should include these important qualities – appropriate for all skin types, clinically tested, fragrance free, allergy tested, non-greasy, waterproof, smudge resistance, non-comedogenic, opaque coverage, natural shade selection and long lasting.
All camouflage cosmetics should also have detailed instructions. The patients will use this to master the cover-up techniques that will best suit their needs.
Side Effects of Camouflage Cosmetics
There are very few side effects associated with camouflage cosmetics. Infection, which is the only real side effect, occurs when patients use the cosmetics on open wounds.
Always consult your surgeon before attempting to apply cosmetics. Different factors, such as kind of procedure and individual recovery will determine when it is safe to use camouflage cosmetics.
When you have applied camouflage cosmetics, not only will the scars and pigmentation be concealed, these products will also give anti-inflammatory benefits, chemical free sunscreen and calming effects of inflamed skin.
Results of camouflage cosmetics include improvement of facial features and minimizing facial flaws as well as hiding of swelling, bruising and scars.
The typical price of a set of camouflage cosmetics may range from $50 to a fewl hundred dollars.