How to Cover a Really Red Scar

by Melissa King

If you have a bad bout of acne or a slip-up with a kitchen knife, your skin will eventually heal -- but there's always the chance that a scar will form in the wound's place. Fresh scars tend to have a red tone before fading to a more subtle white. Until then, you don't want your red scar to stick out like a sore thumb. Celebrity makeup artists rely on concealer to cover up scars, and you can get similar results at home.

Wash the scarred area carefully with lukewarm water and mild soap.

Smooth a dab of moisturizer into the scar and surrounding skin to help makeup cling to the skin more easily.

Pat the scar with a few drops of green color corrector, which you can buy at drugstores or department makeup counters. Apply the green color to counteract redness; you won't be able to see green once you've covered it with concealer.

Select a shade of concealer that's slightly lighter than your skin tone, if you're covering an indented scar. If it's a raised or protruding scar, use a concealer that's just a bit darker than your skin tone.

Dip your finger or a thin-tipped brush into the concealer. Apply a fine line of the concealer around the inside part of the scar.

Cover the outside part of the scar with a slightly different shade of concealer. For protruding scars, use a lighter shade than your skin tone. For indented ones, use a darker shade. Dab the concealer on lightly to blend it in.

Apply translucent powder over the concealer. This reduces the shiny look of the scar and helps hold the makeup in place.

Items you will need

  • Mild soap
  • Moisturizer
  • Green liquid color corrector
  • Concealer
  • Thin brush, optional
  • Translucent powder


  • If makeup doesn't cover your scar well enough, request help from a dermatologist. Doctors utilize chemical peels, laser removal, dermal fillers and steroid injections to treat scars.
  • To help a scar fade, apply a topical cream containing glycolic acid. If your scar is very red, avoid using a skin lightener. These work best on brownish blemishes.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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