Loose and Pressed Powders for Camouflage
Our powders will cover any type of redness. The following directions will tell you how to camouflage erythema from laser resurfacing, but the same techniques apply to rosacea, acne, birthmarks, etc.
Cleanse the face and moisturize. Allow the moisturizer to absorb. If you are dealing with post-laser, the skin will be very dry, so you may want to apply more moisturizer than normal. Test for the correct complexion color. We usually use a yellow-based powder to cover redness, but it's worth trying the complexion color first to see if it will cover without the help of the yellow base. Favorite bases for concealing redness are: Warm Sienna, Amber and Warm Silk. For darker complexions: Golden Glow, Caramel, Autumn.
We recommend using our Flocked Sponge to apply the first layer of powder because it will spread the minerals evenly; it's soft (very important for lasered skin, which is extremely sensitive), and it's washable, dries quickly and will last indefinitely.
With the flocked sponge pick up some of the powder and press it into the sponge for even distribution. Now with a pressing, rocking motion try the color on some of the erythema. If it doesn't completely cover, we suggest that you apply Warm Sienna first. This base will immediately neutralize the red. YOU DO NOT NEED GREEN! Green works for artists on canvasses; on skin it gives a gray, ghost-like pallor.
Apply a thin layer of Warm Sienna on the red areas. Layer again if you need to.
It's better to layer than try to cover everything at once.
Now, brush the complexion color over the entire face taking special care to blend it into the areas already covered.
If the powders appear to accentuate wrinkles or look dry because the skin is flaky from the resurfacing, spritz the face with our D20. Be aware that for several days after laser the skin will flake. This doesn't look very attractive even with the minerals on. To counteract this, the patient may work moisturizer into her/his skin right on top of the powders. It will absorb through. Touch up again if necessary.
Blush is a very useful tool for raising the patient's moral. You've looked in the mirror many times and wondered what on earth you've done to yourself and whether you'll ever be normal again. You are going to be amazed at the coverage you have with the powders and are now in a position to appreciate what you will look like without the distraction of the erythema. You can lift your spirits by applying a touch of blush. Stay away from pink tones and stick with the neutral or brown blushes like Sheer Honey, Cinnamon or Bronzer.
If you've had laser on your eyelids, brush the base on but also go over with Ecru eye shadow. Put a quick dab of PureGloss on, and you're ready to face the world.
Tip: For full-face laser don't try to make the entire face the same color as the neck. This will end up looking like a mask. Use the flocked sponge to work the powder into the demarcation line along the jaw. Keep going over it until the line is covered. You may then brush the powders over the entire face without having to apply too thickly. You will just look as if you have a slight tan.
Tip: We recommend that you carry D2O with you. This helps with moisture but also feels good on an irritated skin. The itching and burning, commonly associated with laser resurfacing, should also be calmed down by the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.