If you have just had plastic surgery and you are ready to get out and show off your new look camouflage cosmetics can accentuate your newfound beauty and hide any temporary evidence of surgery.
Almost everyone who goes through plastic surgery will have swelling, bruising and incision lines that are visible, but camouflage cosmetics can be used to hide these side effects until they fade away. These products are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and are specifically designed to disguise the things that you may not want others to notice.
What Are Camouflage Cosmetics?
If you find yourself thinking, "what are camouflage cosmetics?" you should know that these products are not tubs of war paint used to hide in the jungle; they are concealers, color-correctors and contouring products specially formulated to disguise the swelling, bruising and incision lines that usually result from plastic surgery.
After plastic surgery it can take months before a patient appears to be completely healed. Sometimes even when a patient feels well enough to get back into their regular routine they will stay confined to their home because of swelling and bruising. The after-effects of surgery can make someone extremely self-conscious and often these after-effects can often elicit unwelcome stares and questions, but with camouflage cosmetics all of these problems can be avoided.
Types of Camouflage Cosmetics
There are three types of camouflage cosmetics: concealers, contouring products and color-correctors. Each product serves a slightly different purpose so usually the flaws that you are trying to hide will determine the type of product that is necessary.
Three Types of Camouflage Cosmetics
- Concealers - cover up incision lines & scar
- Contouring products - highlight best features
- Color-correctors - best for bruising & discoloration
The best thing about camouflage cosmetics is that they are not just for women. These products can be used by anyone who is healing after plastic surgery. As long as your doctor feels that you are appropriately healed and you are ready to get back to your regular schedule you should be ready for camouflage cosmetics.
Plastic surgery can be extremely empowering so don't let bruises, swelling and incision lines keep you confined to your house when you are ready to get out and hit the town. Camouflage cosmetics are usually so effective that no one will even realize that you have gone under the knife.
Both men and women to can use camouflage cosmetics to hide incision lines, disguise bruising and reduce the appearance of swelling.
There are three forms of these cosmetics and each serves an individual purpose.
- First there is concealer. Concealer is similar to liquid foundation except it tends to be more thick and opaque to provide maximum coverage. This product is great for hiding scars, bruises and imperfections. Concealer is typically the most popular camouflage cosmetic. This product is used to cover up incision lines, scars and bruising so just about any plastic surgery patient can use it. A good concealer will be creamy enough to blend in naturally with the rest of your face so that no one will even know that you are wearing make-up.
- Second there are the color-correctors. There are two types of color-correctors that are widely used by plastic surgery patients, the green-tinted color-correctors and the lavender-tinted color-correctors. These products are used to cover up large discolorations like bruising and redness. When it comes to bruising or discoloration, color-correctors are the absolute best. Green-tinted color-corrector is largely used to tone down redness, while lavender-tinted color-corrector is better for disguising bruises. Each color works to offset the results of healing.
- The third type of camouflage cosmetic is specially designed for contouring. Contouring camouflage cosmetics can be especially beneficial for people who have had facial implants or rhinoplasty because these surgeries usually result in facial swelling. Using light and shadow (in the form of a highlighting product and a contouring shadow) contouring cosmetics create a natural sculpting effect that can draw attention away from areas that are swollen. the contouring products, are made up of two essential elements and both are necessary to achieve a natural-looking result. The first element is the highlighter and the second is the contouring shadow. When properly applied these products draw attention to certain areas of the face and cast a shadow on any areas that might be swollen and healing.
Though camouflage cosmetics can produce amazing results, it is important to check with your surgeon before you begin to use them if you have just undergone surgery. You will want to make sure that all of your incisions have properly healed in order to avoid infection.
If you are ready to embrace your transformation camouflage cosmetics can help you become accustomed to your new look and help you appear on the outside as spectacular as you feel on the inside.
Who Should Use Camouflage Cosmetics?
If you are wondering, "Who should use camouflage cosmetics?" the answer is anyone who has had plastic surgery, especially facial plastic surgery, and whose incisions have properly healed.
Camouflage cosmetics are used to cover up swelling, bruises, scarring, blemishes and incisions so both men and women can take advantage of these products after
If you are considering investing in a set of camouflage cosmetics you should keep in mind that each type of cosmetic serves a slightly different purpose. If you have just had rhinoplasty or facial implants you will likely want to invest in some good contouring products so that you can add definition to your face and reduce the appearance of swelling. If you have had dermabrasion, on the other hand, you might want to look into a green-tinted color-corrector to reduce redness.
Almost all plastic surgery patients can benefit from a good concealer. This is because concealer can be used to cover up everything from blemishes and incision lines to scarring and imperfections.
Before you take advantage of the many benefits of camouflage cosmetics have to offer you should consult your surgeon and make sure that all of your incisions have closed and all stitches have been removed.
Keep in mind that everyone heals differently so some people will be ready to use camouflage cosmetics a few days after surgery and others will need to wait more than a week before they are ready to attempt application.
Camouflage cosmetics can benefit anyone who feels that they are ready to get back out and resume their regular schedule after plastic surgery. These products can hide any evidence of healing, while allowing plastic surgery patients to become acclimatized with their fantastic, new transformations.
What to Think About Before Buying Camouflage Cosmetics
You first need to understand that there are three types of camouflage cosmetics and each has a slightly different use.
Concealers, color-correctors and contouring products all serve a slightly different purpose so, naturally, each involves a different application technique.
Concealer is the most widely used camouflage cosmetic because it can cover up a variety of imperfections including blemishes and incision lines. If you are in the market for a concealer you should pick a product that is quite thick and opaque. The product should be creamy enough to blend into your skin and it should be in a shade that matches well with your natural skin tone.
Before you buy a concealer it is a good idea to test the product out on your wrist so you can see how well the shade will blend with the color of your skin. Don't try to pinch pennies when it comes to purchasing concealer. The more expensive brands are usually of a much higher quality and will therefore look much more natural. When you apply the concealer do so with a cosmetic sponge and be sure to blend the product in well. If the concealer does not look natural you might want to apply foundation overtop.
Purchase high-quality products
When buying camouflage cosmetics such as concealers, color-correctors, and contouring products, you need to choose the ones that are of high-quality. If you need to spend more to get them then do so since most of the time, great products are really more expensive.
Unlike concealer, which can be used all over the face, color-correctors should only be applied where redness or bruising is evident. If you are looking to cover up redness choose a green color-corrector, but if you are trying to disguise bruising you should look into a lavender color-corrector. To cover the after-effects of plastic surgery apply the product directly onto the discoloration and blend it in. You will probably want to follow this up with an application of concealer and possibly a layer of foundation to even out the look.
Contouring products, unlike concealers and color-correctors, are used to add definition rather than to disguise bruising and blemishes. There are two elements in a set of contouring products: the highlighter and the contouring shadow. With correct application contouring products can take emphasis off of swollen areas using light and shadow so these products are great for people who have had rhinoplasty or facial implants.
Contouring products are more difficult to apply than other camouflage cosmetics so it is best to have a makeup artist explain the application technique when you purchase your products. Basically, application involves applying the highlighting product to a prominent area on your face (for example if you have had rhinoplasty this would be along the bridge of your nose) and applying the contouring shadow to the swollen areas (for rhinoplasty patients this is usually on either side of the nose). Once you have applied these products you will want to blend them in and apply a coat of foundation to achieve a natural result.
If you end up purchasing camouflage cosmetics and can't seem to figure out how to use them don't be afraid to make an appointment with a qualified makeup artist who can teach you about proper application techniques. Once you learn how to use your camouflage cosmetics you will be able to revel in the magnificence of your new look.
Camouflage Cosmetics Cost
The actual cost of a set of camouflage cosmetics can be anywhere from $50 to a few hundred dollars, but most plastic surgery patients consider these cosmetics priceless. This is because camouflage cosmetics can offer so much more than other types of make-up. They can liberate people who have just undergone plastic surgery, helping them to get out of the house and into society where they will learn to embrace their new look.
Camouflage cosmetics are not only used to cover up bruises, swelling and incision lines, they are also an important tool that can help ease patients into their new looks, allowing them to see the results of their surgeries even before they are completely healed.
So, when we speak about prices for camouflage cosmetics, we have to keep in mind that it's hard to put a price on feeling good.
The alternative to using camouflage cosmetics is either to hit the streets swollen and bruised or to hide indoors until you are fully healed. The first option might be alright if you are willing to put up with whispers and stares, but the second can often end up costing you a lot when you consider all that you could have accomplished if you weren't confined to your home.
Pricing & Cost
A set of these cosmetics, which includes concealer, contouring products and color-corrector, will range in price depending on the manufacturer. Usually the more high quality the products are, the more they will cost.
The prices for camouflage cosmetics are actually quite low when you consider all of the great results they provide.
Professional brands or brands that are specifically designed for plastic surgery patients are often better, but they are also usually more expensive. In any case, compared to the price of plastic surgery camouflage cosmetics are extremely affordable.
So if you are ready to get out and enjoy your new look and revel in your new sense of self, forget about the price and make the investment in camouflage cosmetics.
Side Effects and Risks
There aren't very many side effects and risks associated with camouflage cosmetics. Other than looking foolish due to improper application, the only real side effect that has been associated with these products is infection- and this is only when a patient has applied camouflage cosmetics too soon after surgery.
Many camouflage cosmetics are manufactured to eliminate the possibility of side effects and risks. Most are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free so they are gentle on the skin, but it is still a good idea to consult a physician before applying camouflage cosmetics after plastic surgery.
A family physician (or your surgeon) will be able to tell you whether or not your skin is ready to handle cosmetic application. Usually open wounds must be healed and stitches must be removed.
Infection may occur when a patient attempts to use camouflage cosmetics before their wounds have healed. Obviously no good can come from applying makeup to open wounds so all patients should make sure that they consult their surgeon before attempting to use camouflage cosmetics.
Although camouflage cosmetics are designed to get you back out into the world while you are recovering from plastic surgery, if they are applied to open wounds you will probably find yourself confined indoors due to infection. The bottom line is that if you apply camouflage cosmetics before your wounds have closed you may ultimately prolong your healing time and this can be a real setback after surgery.
If you don't know which type of camouflage cosmetics you should look for ask your surgeon if he or she can recommend a specific brand that plastic surgery patients tend to use. In some cases your surgeon might even be able to put you in touch with a makeup artist who can teach you about applying camouflage cosmetics so you don't have to worry about running the risk of looking out of sorts with badly applied cosmetics.
If you are properly healed and apply the right products with the proper technique the only side effect you might notice after using camouflage cosmetics is the number of dates you will score with your new look and sense of self-esteem.