How to Cover Up Sun Spots With Makeup - Tutorial For Mature Skin

Karen Lien
by Karen Lien
11 Materials
20 Minutes

I’ve started noticing sun spots and hyperpigmentation on the skin of my face, which is fairly common for women of a certain age. I’ve developed a method to camouflage these spots using just a bit of contouring color, and then putting on the rest of my makeup on top of it.

If you’d like to learn my method to erase sun spots with makeup, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Walnut contour
  • Buff brush
  • Ash contour
  • Foundation
  • Highlighter
  • Blending brush
  • Makeup sponge
  • Eyebrow brush
  • Cream blush/lip color
  • Illuminator
  • Bronzer
How to cover up sun spots with makeup using contour

1. Apply Walnut color to dark spots

I used a color called “Walnut,” which is almost the same color as the spots I’m trying to cover and applied it with a buff brush to all the spots, discoloration, and areas with visible pores on my face.

Applying contour color to my eyelids

2. Apply to eyelids

I applied the same color all along my mobile lids, as well. 

Applying the rest of my regular contour

3. Apply regular contour

Next, I used the “Ash” color in my palette as my regular contour color, applying it below my cheekbones, on my forehead near my hairline, below my chin, and along my jawline. 

Applying foundation with a brush

4. Apply foundation

Then, using the same brush, I picked up some of my main foundation color, which for me was a color called “Mango,” and brushed it onto all the areas that I felt needed some coverage. 

Applying a highlighter color in the corners of my eyes

5. Apply highlighter

Using a small blending brush, I used a color called “White Peach” as my highlighter, applying it to the corners of my eyes, and down the sides of my nose; along the tops of my cheekbones, all the way to my temples; on my forehead, between my eyebrows; and down the center of my nose.

Pressing a damp sponge onto my face

6. Press with a sponge

With my perfector sponge, which I dampened a bit, I just pressed gently all over my face to help set all the products, and get rid of any excess. 

Filling in my eyebrows with the contour color

7. Fill in eyebrows

With a small, fine brush, I used the Ash color in my contour palette to fill in my eyebrows, then used the spoolie brush on the opposite end of the brush to brush my eyebrows to shape them and blend the color. 

Applying blush to my cheeks with my finger

8. Apply cheek/lip color

Next, I used my finger to apply a cream blush color called “Lolly,” which is a fun, summer color, along my cheekbones, above my contour, then blended it with a large brush. I applied the same color to my lips.  

Applying illuminator to my face

9. Apply illuminator

Once the blush was blended in, I used my finger to apply some illuminator for a little extra shimmer. I applied it to my cheekbones and browbones, and blended it with a blending brush. I applied a bit to the center of my lips, as well. 

Using bronzer on my eyelids

10. Apply eye color

Finally, I used a bit of bronzer on my eyelids, which I applied with a small blending brush. 

How to hide sun spots with makeup tutorial

My look is complete! It is so simple to cover sun spots and blemishes with just a bit of Walnut contour. What do you think of this sun spot erasing method? If you try it out, I’d love to know how it worked for you. 

Suggested materials:
  • Walnut contour
  • Buff brush
  • Ash contour
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  • AreEmBe AreEmBe on Jun 06, 2022

    Good job on the make-up. You'd take years off your face if you went with a much lighter hair colour. The dark hair really "grabs" the dark spots on your skin (and I'd be concerned for you, as you have so many on your neck, etc.) and makes them stand out. Lighter hair would be very flattering with your lovely face.

  • Denise Denise on Jun 06, 2022


    I think your hair color is great and your face is little lovely. You have such a bubbly personality and your tutorials are always interesting, informative, and fun to watch! Keep up the great work!!