Dear Bobbi: Can You Tell Me How to Cover Dark Spots Without Caking On Foundation?

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Dear Bobbi,

Can I just say...your products are the best! Thank you for sharing them with the world.

My question is about the dark spots on my face. What is the best way to cover them up without looking like I am wearing a mask? 

Thank you for your help!



Dear Kat,


Thanks for reaching out and hope you are staying healthy and safe during these times.

Happy to help you with this, as it’s a fairly common concern for many women.

In addition to concealing, I recommend applying skincare and makeup in a way that brightens up your face and distracts from any discoloration altogether. Here’s how:

1. When you’re trying to cover dark spots, the first thing you want to do is use a moisturizer to plump up the skin.

2. After you’ve moisturized, you want to apply a small amount of foundation over the dark spots and blend well. I recommend using a shade that’s closest to your actual skin (and not the spot itself). I find that a stick formula is best for this because it’s creamy and has higher coverage.

3. Next, put on some blush—cream or powder—and apply it high on your cheeks when you smile, blending outward towards the hairline.

4. Then, to really make things pop, add another layer of blush in a slightly brighter color on top, but just on the apples of your cheeks. 

With a glow like that, no one will even notice any dark spots!

xx Bobbi

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