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How to Hide Dark Spots with Makeup

Face Makeup

How to Hide Dark Spots with Makeup How to Hide Dark Spots with Makeup How to Hide Dark Spots with Makeup

In a perfect world, we’d all have flawless-looking skin. But of course, that’s sadly not the case for most of us. Still, what we do have is makeup and dark spot corrector—and with the right products (like foundation and concealer), you can help hide the look of imperfections like blackheads, dark circles, and dark spots. Today, we’re here to focus on covering up one particular skin issue—and that would be dark spots. Learn how to hide dark spots with makeup by following our step-by-step tutorial below.


Ready to disguise your dark spots? We’ve got you covered—literally—with tips on doing just that.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder

Cover your dark spots by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime your skin

Help create an even canvas for the rest of your makeup application by applying a primer. Smooth it over your entire face or to targeted areas (i.e wherever you have dark spots). Primer can also help ensure your makeup wears evenly throughout the day.

Step 2: Color correct

If you’re not familiar with color correcting as of yet, it’s time to get behind this very useful makeup technique, especially if you have dark spots. Before applying foundation or flesh-toned concealer, grab a color corrector. Our line of color correcting crayons comes in three shades that can be used to hide dark spots. Pick the best one for your skin tone: Peach for fair to light skin tones, Bisque for light to medium skin tones, or Orange for medium to deep skin tones. Bonus: These three color correcting crayons can also be used to help disguise dark circles! In addition to these three shades, our green color correcting crayon can help neutralize the appearance of redness, and our yellow color correcting crayon can help mask blue and purple areas. (For advice on using all types of color correcting concealers, read our article, Our 5 Best Color Correctors.)

Step 3: Apply foundation

Once you’ve covered your dark spots with color correcting concealer, reach for foundation. Look for one with a radiant finish and apply it with a makeup blender, bouncing and blending it onto your skin. Make sure to be gentle when applying foundation overtop of the color correcting concealer so that you don’t disrupt your concealer application. (Here’s more on How to Apply Liquid Foundation.)

Step 4: Brighten the look of your complexion with liquid concealer

If you can still see dark spots shining through your foundation, top your face off with a layer of a radiant finish concealer. While you’re at it, dab some concealer under your eyes in an upside down triangular fashion, between your brows, down the bridge of your nose, and a tiny spot in the middle of your chin. This technique can help instantly brighten the look of your skin for a strobed appearance that’s truly radiant, ensuring that all eyes will be on your best features. Dark spots, what dark spots? Nobody has to know they’re there!

Step 5: Finish with face powder

The best way to ensure that your look lasts all day is to top it off with a face powder. Use a fluffy makeup brush to apply a thin layer of face powder to set your makeup. (Learn how to use face powder for a long-lasting makeup look with our guide, How Does Makeup Baking Work?)

Now that you know how to cover dark spots with makeup, we’ve got some skin care tips to share with you, too. Read our articles, Can You Get Rid of Dark Spots? and A Skin Care Routine for Dark Spots for advice on taking care of skin with dark spots.