How to Cover up Bald Patches From Alopecia Using Your Regular Makeup

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
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5 Minutes

My name is Gabi, and I’ve had traction alopecia for the last 10 years. In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to cover up bald patches from alopecia using makeup.

Being a woman who suffers from hair loss or alopecia, no matter which type of alopecia you suffer from, sucks. Let’s just put it right out there - female baldness sucks.

I want to tell you what I use to cover up my alopecia to feel a little bit better. Not because there is anything wrong with it and not because you are not beautiful with it, but because sometimes it can make us feel a little more comfortable doing so.

Tools and materials:

  • Matte eyeshadow
  • Densely packed brush
How to cover alopecia spots

I have tried everything, every product out there to cover alopecia spots: sprays, powders, everything!

The thing that worked the best for me was actually something that I already owned - a matte eyeshadow and a densely packed makeup brush. For this technique, you just need to find a matte shadow in an existing eyeshadow palette that you already have.

Find an eyeshadow the same color as your hair

1. Dip your brush into the color

If you have dark brown hair like me, you’re going to choose a dark brown matte shadow. If you have blonde hair, you’ll be looking for a taupe shade. You can also mix two different shades together to create a custom color that is right for your hair.

The key to this technique is using a brush that has super dense bristles. The more packed the bristles, the more pigment you’re depositing, and in this case, you need to deposit a lot of pigment.

Covering bald spots with makeup

2. Buff the alopecia makeup into your scalp

Once you’ve dipped your brush into the colors, you want to buff it onto the scalp area. Essentially, all that you’re doing is shading in the scalp so that it doesn’t look white. If it doesn’t look white, you can’t tell that the hair is missing.

When I get to my hairline, I want to make sure that I’m not creating too much of a harsh line, so I like to use most of my product in the back zone.

When I don’t have a lot of product left on my brush, I just sweep it through the hairline in really soft strokes to disperse it evenly and not create too hard of a line - that would be a dead giveaway.

Once done, go ahead and do the exact same thing to the other side.

How to hide female baldness

How to cover up bald patches from alopecia

Just like that, using products that you already own, you can cover up alopecia in a way that’s so believable that no one will know you have it! Let me know if you have any tips for covering bald spots with makeup in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Matte eyeshadow
  • Densely packed brush

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  • Denise Androus Sheehy Denise Androus Sheehy on Apr 16, 2022

    Thank you for sharing your great scalp shading idea! I have an autoimmune disorder, too, and have some hair loss. I will be trying your technique soon!

  • I have done that, but I also found Joan Rivers hair powder! It works wonderfully! You can get it on Amazon or at!