Note from Lucille: This is a guest post by Jessica Blackler, founder of Jecca Blac and makeup artist for the trans community. In this post, she gives her recommendations on how to prep and cover a beard shadow.
Prep Your Skin
It’s important to prep your skin before applying makeup onto the face.
Step 1. Shave the face
Make sure that you have wet shaved all over. If you have ingrown hairs be sure to treat these. You need to make sure that you are exfoliating often and moisturizing your face twice a day to avoid ingrown hairs.
Step 2. Apply moisturizer
Once you have cleaned shaved, make sure the area is completely dry. Apply your moisturizer with your fingertips all over the face. Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type, whether that be oily, combination or dry.
Apply makeup to cover the beard shadow
Arm yourself with a makeup brush
We recommend arming yourself with the right makeup tools. A round foundation brush will be perfect to cover your beard shadow.
Step 1. Apply primer
Before applying makeup, we always recommend applying a primer. A primer is used to make the makeup products last longer and this is important when covering beard shadow.
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Step 2. Apply color corrector
A color corrector is used to correct the undertones of the skin. This is the first step before applying concealer.
One of the hardest parts about covering beard shadow is trying to cover the shadow color. The key is to use a color corrector with a pink/peachy undertone to counteract the blue-ish tinge left behind after shaving.
The Jecca Blac Correct & Conceal Palette includes a color corrector specifically created to for this purpose.
With a round foundation brush, apply a small amount of color corrector to the area and blend well. Keep doing this until your beard shadow starts fading, leaving almost a neutral tone in its place.
Step 3. Apply concealer
After color corrector, it’s time to apply concealer. Look for a medium coverage cream concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone.
You can use the same makeup brush or a clean one if you prefer. As before, apply a little bit of product at a time and blend well before adding more. You want your beard shadow area to blend perfectly with the rest of your face.
As you can see in the video below, it’s easy to obtain flawless coverage by following these steps. This demo features the Jecca Blac Correct & Conceal Palette, but these techniques apply to any products.
Step 4. Finish the rest of your makeup
You can use concealer all over the base, which is often used as an alternative to foundation. However, if you prefer to use foundation, it should be applied after the concealer.
Step 5. Set the base with powder
To make sure your perfect base stays put, apply a powder on top of the base. If you need extra coverage, use a foundation powder. For lighter coverage, use a translucent powder.
To pack in your bag
We would also recommend taking your concealer and powder for retouches throughout the day/night. Use your foundation brush to apply touch ups on top of your makeup.
The palette made for covering beard shadow
Jecca Blac’s Correct & Conceal Palette was born out of the lack of a product that could cover beard shadow. Thanks to its creamy texture, the Correct & Conceal Palette is perfect for layering, and its 6 different shades make it easy for everyone to use.
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From Lucille: I hope you found this article helpful! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you struggle with beard shadow? Have you found any solutions that work for you? Please share in the comments below!