How To Hide Self Harm
Hide those scars. Get some makeup. This will help drastically. Whether you get it from a friend who you trust, or from your own house, learn to apply it, and apply it well. If you can get your hands on makeup meant to cover up tattoos, you’ll be pretty much set other than perhaps the bumps. Blame it on an allergy. This really will only work if you can bank it on say, touching a stray piece of seaweed, and in addition to the makeup. Those are obviously scars otherwise.
This is what I did with my tattoo. And the whole thing was done by a guy named David at an establishment called The Ink Parlour. He worked there for 6 months before he quit and started his own business, but that’s neither here nor there. You have to do something about the fact that people see these things as ugly marks. They don’t know why they’re so bad. It doesn’t matter how old you are when someone says “eww”, just look them right in their eyes and stare until they stop looking. People are stupid sometimes.
I used to cut myself because I didn’t like having visible scars, and after cutting myself too many times, I decided to hide them. So I went out one day and bought some eyeliner and mascara, which were supposed to make me more attractive. But even then, no one noticed the scarring unless I pointed it out. Which I did not want to do. I figured I could use makeup to hide the scars.
I also had a pair of sunglasses with blacked-out lenses. I wore those all the time anyway, so I thought they would be perfect for hiding the tattoos. And they did! For a while. Then one day, I got caught without them, and someone said “wow, you have such beautiful green eyes!” That person was a girl. A girl pointing out my beauty made me feel embarrassed. Embarrassment makes you lash out, and I lashed out. I took off all my makeup and painted my face with shaving cream.
That was around 1994. The same year I met my husband. Nowadays I wear makeup everyday. No one points out my imperfections. My husband does point out my beauty, but he’s blind. Or maybe…maybe I’m just better at concealing my flaws? Who knows. What I do know is this: I am never going back into the dark days where I covered up my self harm scars with makeup. Not ever.
If you’ve been thinking about doing this, please reconsider. Please. Your friends won’t think less of you for wearing makeup. In fact, most of them might consider themselves fashionistas. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to conceal yourself. Let others judge themselves. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good. As long as you don’t hurt yourself.
It may seem silly to try to hide the tattoo ink away behind cosmetics, but it works wonders. Trust me. I tried everything else to hide the scars, and it only made me self-destruct further. When I was growing up, we had a lot of pets. Dogs, cats, fish (not goldfish). We kept our backyard fenced in, and whenever the dogs barked at night, my parents would threaten us with getting rid of the dog. I guess I grew up afraid of being alone. Maybe I still am.
So yeah, I hid the scars under makeup. I put on makeup every morning. Some days I wore lipstick. Other days I wore eye shadow. On the days I wore lip gloss, I didn’t bother putting any makeup on my face, because I wanted to show off my lips. When I left the house, I always looked nice. I didn’t have to worry about making a scene wherever I went.
There is another type of makeup, though, that is great for hiding tattoos. It’s waterproof and comes with a brush so you can blend it smoothly. There is a brand name product that comes in blue, but I prefer Revlon ColorStay foundation, although Lancome has one similar. It covers the tattoos very well and blends nicely into skin tone.
Here’s how to apply it. Take a small amount, and rub it into your neck and chest area. Rub it over each scar, paying extra attention to areas where cuts tend to heal. Remember, you’re trying to hide the scars. Don’t go overboard with coverage. Next, take a small amount of the colorless oil base and apply it to your entire face. Blend it in, taking care not to pull on your hair. Then take a clean sponge and dab the rest of the liquid foundation onto your face. Apply the foundation lightly with your fingertips, blending it with light circles. Do not wipe off the excess liquid.
The best part about using this makeup is that you can actually see your tattoo through it. Even though it’s completely blended in. It looks amazing, and you can still touch it and feel it.
But wait! There’s more. Here’s a tip: when you’re washing your face, take a cotton pad and blot your face with it. Make sure you get into those hard to reach spots, like between your eyebrows, nose creases, etc. Wash your face again. This helps keep your makeup streak free. It’s a little trick I learned from watching TV shows where actresses always spent half their time applying makeup.
And lastly, don’t forget to moisturize. Moisturizing keeps your skin hydrated, and keeping your skin hydrated will prevent it from drying out, which causes irritation. I recommend Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture Lotion. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
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