Can you cover vitiligo with makeup? – Colour Derma understands how vitiligo can disrupt a person’s life. Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes white patches to appear in different sizes in different places around your body. While it is not contagious, it is usually permanent, and it may cause embarrassment or loss of confidence depending on how noticeable it is, or how noticeable you feel it is.

The good news is that you can cover vitiligo with camouflage makeup for a more natural appearance with an even skin tone.

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is when your body stops producing melanin, the chemical that gives colour to your skin. It can occur almost anywhere on that body, and there are many possible causes for vitiligo to appear. You could suffer from an autoimmune or nerve condition that prevents melanin production. Or it could be your body’s response to stress or other environmental triggers. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious. However, there is still no medical cure for the condition, so many people rely on camouflage makeup to conceal their vitiligo, as it can cause psychological or emotional trauma for those who have widespread vitiligo.

You can read more about vitiligo in this article, but here we discuss covering your vitiligo with camouflage cosmetics. And this is a great starting article for folks that do ask the wquestion ‘Can you cover vitiligo with makeup?’.

Using camouflage makeup to cover vitiligo

Camouflage makeup is specifically formulated to conceal skin conditions like vitiligo. Unlike traditional makeup you buy at the store, camouflage cosmetics are longer lasting, usually waterproof, and will not smudge or rub off on your clothing.

With the help of experts like the team at Colour Derma, you can find the correct shade that best matches your skin tone for the most natural look. Camouflage cosmetics is usually hypoallergenic, and some offer a level of sun protection, so it can help protect your skin to a certain extent as well. Once you have selected your shade, here are the main steps to applying your camouflage makeup.

Please note that you should read the instructions first – these are just general practices. Your Colour Derma specialist can go through the process to familiarise you with applying your camouflage cosmetics.

Clean your skin

Thoroughly cleanse your skin. You may prefer a mild or antibacterial cleanser but avoid anything to harsh that may irritate your vitiligo patches. Then make sure to pat the area dry.


This is not mandatory, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, you may want to apply a moisturiser to sooth or rehydrate your skin before application.

Apply thin coats

Starting from the centre of the white patch, you should lightly dab on a thin layer from the inside out. You may want a lighter touch as you reach the edges for a smooth transition to your normal skin. Wait for it to dry, then if you need to, add another layer.

Set with powder

Once you’re happy with your look, you can set the camouflage foundation in place with a light dusting of powder. This will help prevent smudging and provide an overall smoother effect.

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Of course, this is just an overview regarding Can you cover vitiligo with makeup, to show you how you can conceal your vitiligo and live your life with confidence. For a fuller discussion about your options, contact Colour Derma today to find out what camouflage makeup solution is best for you. Book a free Consultation With Julie Today!