Whether we are born with spotless skin which is marred along the way, or we come into the world with a few imperfections, a smooth and perfect skin is a dream many people aspire towards.

Hyperpigmentation, acne, freckles, sunspots and the effects of rosacea are any woman’s worst nightmare when she stands in front of the mirror, ready to start with her make-up. Luckily, there is a solution for most of these little flaws.

Good make-up products and the right techniques are a lifesaver for anyone struggling with dark spots, circles under the eyes, fine red veins or café au lait spots. With the right tools in your hands, and a little bit of skill, you will achieve spotless skin in no time.

Jené Smit, a make-up artist from MUD Studio in i’langa Mall in Mbombela, says women regularly walk into the studio to get help with dark pigmentation marks, or any number of the other problems relating to blemishes. Although she believes that make-up shouldn’t be used simply to hide certain things, sometimes it is the only way to achieve the perfect skin that most women desire.

“The most important role that make-up should play is to emphasise and enhance a woman’s beauty,” says Jené. “You highlight your strong points with make-up. All women are beautiful in their own way, but sometimes we need the help of certain products to transform a troubled skin into a beautiful one.

“When doing my job as a make-up artist, hiding spots, red veins, and hyperpigmentation while enhancing the beauty of someone, brings me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Preparing the canvas

“You will often be advised to start your beauty routine with a clean skin, but I don’t recommend anyone wash their face with warm water or work too hard with the skin just before you start your make-up routine. The moment you wash your face with a face cloth, it becomes red. I would rather advise you to wash with lukewarm water, and not scrub it at all. The very next thing to apply is a good moisturiser. Once you have done this, you can start building up your foundation,” she says.

Primer is a must!

The most important product when applying make-up is the primer, Jené says. Very often the red spots on the skin are an indication of an underlying inflammation. Although primer isn’t a medicinal product, it has a soothing effect. After applying the primer, it is advised to wait a few minutes before putting on your foundation.

Colour correctors are amazing

If you really would like to get rid of either dark shadows or redness, it is important to make use of colour correctors, she explains. They come in two shades. The first is an orange-based colour for blue, brown or purple shadows. The second is a yellow-based colour to get rid of redness. Depending on the severity of the blemishes that you would like to cover, you can blend in the colour corrector with a little bit of foundation. It should only be put on the blemished areas. For very dark spots you will have to apply more than one layer. According to Jené, anyone can learn the trick of using a colour corrector. When buying your make-up from a studio like MUD, the consultants will show you exactly how to use it and explain everything in a demonstration.

Applying the foundation

A good foundation will ensure the best look. Jené says it is important to choose the correct shade when selecting one. “The best is to use a foundation brush or blender to apply your make-up, one that is especially designed for this purpose, but remember to wash the brush or blender every other day.”

Setting your make-up

Loose powder seals the moist consistency of the foundation and therefore makes it last longer. When applying loose powder as your final layer, you don’t have to fear make-up transfer or run-off in the middle of the day. It also helps to control oil on the skin. If you are not sure of the consistency of your make-up, applying a setting spray will give you peace of mind.

What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common disorder that mainly affects skin on the face. It causes redness on the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. Over time, the redness can become more intense, taking on a ruddy appearance and making blood vessels more visible.

What is hyperpigmentation?
This when patches of skin appear darker than the surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour.
This can make spots or patches of skin appear darker than surrounding areas. Hyperpigmentation is a common condition, affecting people of all skin types. Certain forms, including melasma and sunspots, are more likely to affect areas of skin that are exposed more readily to the sun such as the face, arms and legs.