Much like a bad hair day or smeared liquid liner, pimples are pretty much never a welcome occurrence. And while there are ways to prevent a breakout or shorten its lifespan, every so often, the inevitable occurs, and you need to reach for the concealer – especially if you're attending an event or going on a date and need an immediate solution.
But covering up a blemish can get tricky; depending on how red and inflamed it is, you can wind up caking on makeup, which really only makes things look worse. And if covered incorrectly and with the wrong products, it can make your pimple worse, too.
Now for the good news: With the right technique and products, masking a breakout is totally doable. So, to prevent you from making your problem areas worse, Get The Look is giving you everything you need to know about making your acne significantly less noticeable using makeup.
SKIN CARE: HOW TO PROPERLY COVER UP A PIMPLE
STEP 1: PRIMER
To start off your pimple masking procedure, apply a primer to your skin that will help fill in any scarring or indents you may have as a result of acne. Simply spray L'Oreal's Lumi primer for a flawless base and dewy finish.
STEP 2: MOISTURIZE
Often times when makeup or concealer is applied to conceal a pimple, the skin can dry out, showing off your makeup and making it appear cake-y and flakey. To avoid this, rub a small dose of moisturizer onto your skin, focusing more on the problem areas that makeup will be applied too.
STEP 3: CONCEALER
If you normally find that the redness of your pimple tends to show through your makeup a while after application, opt for a green colour correcting concealer that will cancel out the redness. Simply dab the concealer onto the problem area and blend using a beauty blender or wet sponge. If you don't have this problem, avoid this step, because it will only add more texture and look cake-y as an end result.
STEP 4: FOUNDATION
The next step is to go in with foundation. A liquid formula is best suited for covering up problem areas, so opt for a liquid foundation or BB cream – depending on how much coverage you need. Blend the foundation in patting motions to make sure you don't disturb the colour correcting concealer underneath.
STEP 5: CONCEALER
Next, use a small concealer brush to pat a small dose of concealer onto the problem areas. Give the formula about 30 seconds to dry, then blend it into the foundation for an even look.
STEP 6: SET
For a flawless finish, set your makeup using a translucent powder. Use a large makeup brush and gather a generous amount of the powder onto the brush. Next, pat the brush down onto your problem areas to set the makeup that conceals them. Finish off by applying the powder onto the rest of your face then continue with your contour, highlight technique!