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Model
Tiffany LaBrie
Posts: 17
Scottsdale, Arizona, US


Hi Makeup Artists!!

I have a scar from open-heart surgery. I need to find a product or products that not only give amazing coverage, but also won't rub off on clothing. I'm finally down to runway size, but my scar is standing in my way. : (

Does anyone know of something that covers, blends well and will not damage the clothing?

Thank you
Jan 19 08 10:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,860
Sacramento, California, US


Is the scar dimensional or just a color shift?
Jan 19 08 10:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Tiffany LaBrie
Posts: 17
Scottsdale, Arizona, US


I believe both. It is a few of shades darker than the skin around it and has a few bumps from the scar tissue itself and bones sticking up from coming back together. It has flattened out a lot though.
Jan 19 08 10:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,860
Sacramento, California, US


To be honest, if it's dimensional you are better off trying to move the eye elsewhere instead of trying to cover it. Covering doesn't work well with dimensional scars that I've seen, but perhaps a scarf, or different clothing or something might help.

Then again, I'm no expert at this...perhaps others will have more useful information for you.
Jan 19 08 11:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Dominique Jackson
Posts: 1,116
BRONX, New York, US


I don't have extensive experience neither but I hear dermablend works well as a cover up.  I know it is sold at Macy's Herald Square here in NYC on 34th St.

Aside from that I would distract from it as well by wearing clothing that doesn't not bring attention to it/covers it up.  Unless you decide to do some other type of modeling that showcases it.
Jan 19 08 11:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
TiffanyB
Posts: 296
Clinton, Mississippi, US


Tiffany LaBrie wrote:
Hi Makeup Artists!!

I have a scar from open-heart surgery. I need to find a product or products that not only give amazing coverage, but also won't rub off on clothing. I'm finally down to runway size, but my scar is standing in my way. : (

Does anyone know of something that covers, blends well and will not damage the clothing?

Thank you

I am not a makeup artist but I saw this and wanted to send my prayers and good wishes your way after your surgery. I hope all went well and I wish you the very best in your recovery.
xoxox
Tiffany

Jan 19 08 11:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
MellieMay
Posts: 25
San Antonio, Texas, US


My advice is using Keromask concealor. It is used by one of the makeup artists I worked with that does specialty makeup for sets. She said its the best. I believe her. She used it on me for some stretch marks and one of my tattoos to cover up. It doesn't hurt to look it up. As for dermablend, I own it. It didn't work as well or go on as nicely or stay as nicely as the Keromask she used. I am sure everything is worth a try. smile
Jan 19 08 11:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
Evil Kitty Kreations
Posts: 251
San Antonio, Texas, US


I worked with a model with the same situation, there's no makeup to COVER the scar and make it invisible. You just have to be aware of your limitations and play up your assets. Push your great legs or your smile..etc. Not all jobs require your cleavage..so chin up lady..and good luck smile
Jan 19 08 11:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Monkey
Posts: 12,755
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


You may be able to make the colour less noticeable using a good green toned concealer but up close this may be too obvious and will end up drawing more attention to it.

If you're worried about it for photo shoots then it's best to leave it up to the photographer to hide it in post.
Jan 20 08 04:22 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Khandie Khisses
Posts: 4
London, England, United Kingdom


I have a birthmark on my leg...which although is not a scar...the colour change is very visable. Dermablend is the best at coverage...I do however believe that elastaplast make a product that sort of 'fills' scars to make them more level and smooth. Kind of like a second skin.... cant for the life of me remember what it is. Google it?
Jan 20 08 04:35 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
E E S
Posts: 770
Los Angeles, California, US


Hi Tiffany-

I don't know if this will help, because you are a completely different color than the person I worked with and it was a lot of products, but:

The previous posters are correct about trying to hide the texture-it's pretty tough. So you try to correct the color differences.

I worked on a HD television show with an actress who had an old heart surgery scar (I believe it was about 10 + years old). HD picks up on reds and blues, her scar was very red, and we couldn't put heavy concealers (like Dermablend) because it was too opaque and looked like makeup on her chest.


So this is what ended up working for us:


Amazing concealer (Golden Light and Tan): mixture of the two on the scar, the Golden Light around the perimeter of the scar to try to bring forward the deepness around the scar.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Deep Glow all over her body (because she wore skimpy clothing all the time), very lightly over the chest.

Minty fresh Ben Nye makeup sealer, then...

Lorac P5 powder (it is very yellow) on just the scar itself, to tone down the shininess of the scar.



Here are some continuity photos (I'm a crappy photographer, sorry):



http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i79/pkittie/IMG_0410.jpg


http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i79/pkittie/IMG_0414.jpg
Jan 20 08 01:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Tiffany LaBrie
Posts: 17
Scottsdale, Arizona, US


Thank you all so much for your input! I will definitely try some of these ideas out. The last pictures do look great and everyone is right...the texture is almost impossible to hide. I just have to hope the clients can be understanding and let that slide.
Jan 21 08 01:50 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
MP Make-up Artistry
Posts: 5,105
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada


you could try dermablend but honestly there is a chance of it rubbing off on clothing, using a product like second skin ( kinda like a bandaid but it is clear and blends into the skin) this might help to smooth out all of the bumps and help hide the scar, but honestly nothing will totally  hide it when your skin is out on display. I would use Vitamin E daily , or coco butter rub it on the scar use a little pressure not too much but this will help the skin heal and help with the keloiding..

or

Why not embrace it rather than cover it up......
I have a very good friend who have major sergery on her arm and it left her with a very long scar and she had it tattooed to look like a zipper, now grated she is not a model but its is definatly a coversation starter.


I hope this helps and have a wonder ful day and glad to hear you have made it past the hardest part...... just heal , be happy and live life to the fullest.....
Jan 21 08 01:59 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Eleonora Leona
Posts: 2
Los Angeles, California, US


MP Make-up Artistry  wrote:
you could try dermablend but honestly there is a chance of it rubbing off on clothing, using a product like second skin ( kinda like a bandaid but it is clear and blends into the skin) this might help to smooth out all of the bumps and help hide the scar, but honestly nothing will totally  hide it when your skin is out on display. I would use Vitamin E daily , or coco butter rub it on the scar use a little pressure not too much but this will help the skin heal and help with the keloiding..

or

Why not embrace it rather than cover it up......
I have a very good friend who have major sergery on her arm and it left her with a very long scar and she had it tattooed to look like a zipper, now grated she is not a model but its is definatly a coversation starter.


I hope this helps and have a wonder ful day and glad to hear you have made it past the hardest part...... just heal , be happy and live life to the fullest.....

Aug 26 13 10:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Eleonora Leona
Posts: 2
Los Angeles, California, US


I have a scar from open heart surgery. My friend offered me to do a plastic surgery and cover it. I denied. I think its really unique when you can show a history of your body. And vice versa when I work with photographers I ask them do not photo shop my scar. They love it smile
Aug 26 13 10:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chicchowmein
Posts: 14,348
Palm Beach, Florida, US


It would be pretty easy to remove a scar like that in Photoshop
Aug 26 13 10:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,860
Sacramento, California, US


Eleonora Leona wrote:
I have a scar from open heart surgery. My friend offered me to do a plastic surgery and cover it. I denied. I think its really unique when you can show a history of your body. And vice versa when I work with photographers I ask them do not photo shop my scar. They love it smile

That is a very healthy and constructive way to look at it. It MIGHT affect getting hired for some jobs... but I like the way you think.

Aug 27 13 12:02 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
sweetcheekscouture
Posts: 376
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


BodyPainter Rich wrote:

That is a very healthy and constructive way to look at it. It MIGHT affect getting hired for some jobs... but I like the way you think.

Holy Zombie thread

OP is gone from the site

Aug 27 13 12:52 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Patrick Walberg
Posts: 42,477
Salinas, California, US


sweetcheekscouture wrote:

Holy Zombie thread

OP is gone from the site

But this is not a common topic, and I've just noticed a model I would like to shoot.  So it's not a bad zombie.

Aug 27 13 12:56 am  Link  Quote 
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