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Found: A Concealer Trick To Cover Up Age Spots Without Looking Cakey

Jamie Schneider
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January 5, 2023
Jamie Schneider
mbg Beauty & Wellness Editor
By Jamie Schneider
mbg Beauty & Wellness Editor
Jamie Schneider is the Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare.
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Dark spots, age spots, sunspots—whatever you decide to call them, those little marks are often oh-so-frustrating. Why? They're stubborn spots with a variety of causes, and they tend to stick around for months (sometimes even years!), even with consistent care. 

That being said, it's important to tend to the discoloration patiently and brighten your skin tone with time, but some days you may just want to slap on some concealer and disguise those marks for the time being. We hear you.  

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Below, find an expert-approved concealer hack to help those spots disappear—at least for the day. 

A concealer trick to cover up age spots naturally. 

Concealer is a do-it-all makeup product (IMO), but that doesn't mean one single formula should carry all the weight. Meaning? You should use more than one concealer shade on different regions of your face! Your skin, after all, contains a range of shades and undertones, and simply swiping on the same formula may make your complexion fall flat. 

Don't just take my word for it: "The color you need to match your forehead will probably be a slightly different shade than that of your cheek or nose," iconic makeup artist and brand founder of Jones Road Beauty Bobbi Brown shares on an episode of Clean Beauty School. In fact, some beauty fans will even use multiple shades of concealer in lieu of foundation to contour, highlight, and cover up blemishes. To each their own—but if you're hoping to disguise dark spots of any kind, you'll want to consider your shade selection very closely.

See, you shouldn't just grab the same concealer you use for your under-eyes and dab it on your blemishes. "If you used the shade you used for your under-eyes on any other part of the face, it would make that area stand out instead of blend in," Brown adds. You might think a lighter shade would, well, lighten up the dark spot, but trust us—it will only make the discoloration more apparent. 

Rather, choose your true shade match or even half a shade darker than your usual foundation; that will actually help the spot fade into your skin. Kosas Revealer Concealer is my personal go-to formula (and the brand has 28 shades for you to choose from), or feel free to browse our curated favorites concealer here

From there, make sure you're very precise with the product and try not to cover outside the discoloration. You might even want to use a fine-tipped brush to apply, wait a couple of seconds for the formula to oxidize, then fluff the edges into the skin. Follow up with a touch of setting powder, if you're concerned about long wear. 

And there you have it! For what it's worth, this is a universal tip for those with any sort of discoloration, not just age spots. As someone in her 20s who isn't too concerned with fine lines and sunspots (yet), I swear by this trick to disguise stubborn bouts of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. "Dark spots" is an umbrella term used to describe any discolored marks, but this one concealer trick can hide them all in just a snap. 

The takeaway. 

Age spots can be difficult to cover up with concealer since it's easy to go overboard and make your complexion appear cakey. The solution, of course, is to choose your shade wisely and apply with precision. As any makeup artist will tell you: When it comes to applying concealer on mature skin (fine lines, sunspots, and the like), less is certainly more. 

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Jamie Schneider
Jamie Schneider
mbg Beauty & Wellness Editor

Jamie Schneider is the Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare. In her role at mbg, she reports on everything from the top beauty industry trends, to the gut-skin connection and the microbiome, to the latest expert makeup hacks. She currently lives in New York City.