How to Cover Spider Veins With Makeup

Updated February 21, 2017

Spider veins are a milder form of varicose veins, enlarged veins usually found on the legs and feet. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins do not usually pose a health risk or cause much discomfort, but they can make a person feel self-conscious about their appearance. There are lines of cosmetics that manufacture concealers designed specifically for covering up spider veins. These products typically come in liquid forms that are not difficult to apply and are designed for long-lasting wear.

Choose a shade of liquid foundation that matches the skin tone of your legs. Remember, your legs are likely not the same shade as your face, so be sure to compare the product to your legs. For best results, purchase a product designed specifically for camouflaging spider veins.

Wash the area you intend on covering with make-up with gentle soap and warm water.

Pat the area dry with a towel and follow up with a quarter-sized amount of body lotion.

Apply one pump of primer to the area you will later apply make-up to and allow it to dry for a minute. If you are covering a large area of skin with make-up, you may need to use more primer. Primer helps keep your make-up in place longer by limiting the skin's oil output.

Drop a small amount of concealer onto your concealer brush or sponge.

Apply the make-up to your skin using small, circular motions with your brush or sponge. This will ensure that your make-up gets fully blended into your skin and looks natural. Apply the make-up until the desired coverage is achieved.

Spray over the make-up with a make-up sealant.


If using a foundation not designed specifically to cover spider veins, be sure to choose a waterproof formula. Choose a cream-based, opaque product for best results.


Clean your foundation brush twice each week with an alcohol-based cleaner to eliminate bacteria. Throw away a liquid foundation or concealer that begins to separate or thicken. Liquid foundations are good for a year, on average, according to "Health" magazine. Do not store your liquid foundation near a heater or in direct sunlight. This will diminish the lifespan of your product.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Warm water
  • Lotion
  • Make-up primer
  • Concealer brush or sponge
  • Liquid concealer product
  • Make-up sealer
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Ginger Yapp has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and film topics. Her work has appeared in such publications as "USA Today" and online at Yapp also has experience writing and editing for a small California newspaper. She earned her B.A. in film and media studies and has worked as an ESL teacher at an international school.