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Cheese! You smile for the camera, and you're looking rather lovely. But once you see those pictures, you wonder why your appearance is just a bit too "Tom Selleck-y" for your liking (Gratitutious pic of Magnum, P.I. to your right — wink). Well, maybe it's not that extreme, but when it comes to your upper lip, you definitely aren't hoping for a dark, stubbled 'stache.

Wait, it's not even upper lip hair that is getting you all upset. After all, you just did a little hair removal over the weekend, and there's no way it's already reared its way back to the surface. Well, then — what exactly is casting this unwanted shadow that's taken up residence upon your face?

It could be the bluish/green hues of veins, which are causing your distress.

  • In this case, try using a concealing cream in a corrective color to help mask the undertones common in veins. A pinkish/yellow hue should do the trick. I like Benefit It Stick ($20).

It could be melasma, which is hyperpigmentation that can be caused by hormones (sometimes from the pill or other medications). To add insult to injury, irritation from the sun and/or removing hair from the upper lip can aggravate this area even further. Find out what treatments will help fade melasma related spotting and


  • Help alleviate this problem by always wearing sunscreen. I can't stress this enough.
  • Visit your dermatologist for advice. He or she can discuss your options, which might include: prescription bleaching creams, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing, to name a few.
  • Try over the counter bleaching creams that will help fade spots away. Look for products with ingredients like kojic acid, azelaic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, and/or hydroquinone (did you see my definition earlier)?
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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
3 Men and a Baby!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I know when I was younger before I knew the benefits of sunscreen haha I'd always get freckles on my upper lip and to me it looked like a mustache. I used under-eye concealer on it because it's thicker than blemish concealer. Pan/stick concealer always worked great.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
Strange crush on Tom Selleck... I know, it's bad. lol
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
emalove emalove 8 years
Thank God I don't an issue with this...
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I have this problem all the time. I have a feeling its the way my lips are. But who do you go to ask? HELP :)
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I totally noticed Lauren Conrad's 5:00 shadow on her lips. It's so weird! You'd think she'd do something about it.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
I totally noticed Lauren Conrad's 5:00 shadow on her lips. It's so weird! You'd think she'd do something about it.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Thanks Bella! I have a slight shadow (my husband swears that I am the only one capable of seeing it). Its worse in the summer and after waxing so its prob melasma - ill talk to my dermo. Poor LC's is so bad - and probably made worse by the stage lighting.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Mustache shadow? are you talking to Lauren Conrad because something was funky with her lip the last "Hills" episode and I'm not sure if it's a self tanner incident or a bad wax/retin A moment
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