When Katy and I first talked about having a blog - we were every bit as interested in what made us feel good about ourselves, our well being and mental health; how we felt from the inside out and how we looked from the outside in; and it wasn't wholly just about losing weight.

I have Xanthelasma, and it has proved a very challenging  disorder and one that was in danger of knocking my confidence, something that is easily knocked just by virtue of aging  - having developed it over the last 12 months, it has progressively worsened, and as it stands today, it looks like they haven't finished developing. At my age, camouflage is more challenging still - wanting to hide the effects of these pesky things and not wanting to exacerbate all those things that make wearing make up more complicated as we age.

I have spent a lot of time and effort learning how to hide them in a way that leaves me looking natural. I hope if you are reading this, and you are a xanthelasma sufferer - that these video's offer some real help; which is why I prepared them.

camouflaging xanthelasma......

Video One - Introduction.

after removing all my makeup (dear God I apologise for inflicting this on an unsuspecting public) you can now watch video 2 to see how I go about camouflaging along with what is an albeit very rushed, but normal-ish makeup routine for me.......

Katy Piper - wonderful lady
Changing Faces - if further help is needed

Video Two - camouflaging xanthelasma.

The first thing I will say, is that both Veil and Keromask both advise you to apply your camouflage product on clean skin - whereas I add mine after I have moisturised and applied base makeup. I have tried doing it the way they suggest, but the effect is patchy - probably because I'm not a proper artist - I also find that if nowhere else, moisturiser HAS to go around my eyes or else I look dried out and liney all day. The aim of this is not to present you with a perfect 'HOW TO' but to give you an idea of what can be achieved - I'm happy and can live with what I do - the key is for you to look and then go and make it work for you too....

Products Used:
1. Bobbi Brown SPF25 Tinted Moisturising Balm  I use this in Light-Medium shade. I will likely go up a shade for summer wear. Its light, smells wonderful. I've only just found it but LOVE it.

2. Xanthelasma Products -

Cover Creams -  I use both Keromask and Veil Cover Cream depending on what my skin is like at any particular time. In this demo I was using the Veil, which in fairness is the product of choice most times. The Keromask is pump delivered and is more liquidy. The Veil is more like a paste - for the purpose of covering the xanthelasma, this is why I have a preference for the Veil - but both manufacturers are great and I would suggest you look at both - and buy their sample packets to try for both colour matching and consistancy - to see which works for you best. A word of warning, the aim should be for you to find a colour match for your skin colour - if you are like me, the eye is a very different colour to the rest of the face, so if you are used to heading for a particular shade for your normal foundations, you may find that you have to re learn what colours work for your eyelid. You may need 2 colours to completely get the natural finish you want. Do not be tempted to buy darker than you need - you may feel because the xanthelasma are so bright, that you need darker than normal. My experience shows that this doesn't look natural, will re emphasise the flaw all over again and is aging. You may also need different palattes to cover plaques on the top of the eye and those that occur below. It is very much a personal thing and that is why the sample packs are so great; I chopped and changed my mind about what colours actually worked, so many times before I actually decided on what it was that really worked - so don't buy the full pots too soon.

Setting powders - Again there is the option of Keromask or Veil. I have a preference for Keromask powder because it has a lovely compact case which delivers it in small amounts and it is really fine - and the colours can be varied to suit.

Veil Cover Cream

3. Bobbi Brown shimmer brick 
4. Este Lauder pure colour kajal eye pencil -  in blackened sapphire
5 Este Lauder sumptuous bold volume mascare  in black

5. I didn't have time to use it here today, but for an eye concealer for older women - Nars radiant creamy concealer  in chantilly.
6. Clinque Chubby lip colour - in super strawberry.

I realise I'm no ones idea of a perfect model - but that is what I used; and I hope that it has helped you somewhat.

kind blessings.


WinkyTinky said...

I've just watched your video on YouTube, and wanted to thank you. I'm going to order some sample packs of both the Veil and Keromask products. I have suffered from Xanthelasmas for approximately 8 years now, on all four lids. I have had them removed on the NHS by the incision and removal method, and also privately by lasering when they came back. They are now back a third time and private removal is not an option at the moment, and the NHS will only carry out the procedure once. I've been searching for some good coverage products for a while now, so thank you for taking the time to make the video and show us how good these products are.

Unknown said...

Hello. I was wondering what colours you actually use of the Veil cover cream to cover the Xanthelasmas areas. I ordered the sample but I have no clue on what works best to fully cover the yellow look on and below my eyes. Thanks for your time. Angela

Heather said...

Hi Angela

Well first off I have to say that since I did the video, which was a while back now - I have learned an awful lot more about covering the xanthelasma. I am much cleverer than I was - and so time and effort is a great teacher.

secondly, I have changed products - I now use dermacolor - however I was very very fortunate to get my hands on the whole dermacolor range to play with which is over 50 different shades - because unlike veil they don't do complete samples - so experimentation would prove quite expensive.
Because you are early in the process I would stick with the veil - I think I had beige and suntan if i remember rightly - however I would advise you not to plump for the kind of colours you would normally choose - use small makeup brushes and be very patient and precise in application.
Sit in good light with a mirror and some makeup remover and spend as long as your skin can stand you putting it on and taking it off. Come back to it over several sessions - wear the colours you think work and see if you are satisfied - if you aren't then think to yourself - what is missing? Do you need darker?, greyer? The colour mix that eventually worked for me looks like clay based mud - I would never imagine that that would be the colours to put on my skin. Without seeing you in person I couldn't guess at the colours. You might benefit from a consultation with changing faces. They often prescribe one colour only - but you could go armed with what you have learned using the veil and get them to try some of the dermacolor palettes you might not have been able to play with.
good luck