You're Doing It Wrong: Covering Your Zit
June 26, 2013
Full disclosure: I rarely ever break out. It usually happens while traveling, which leads me to this particular post. I was in route to a wedding in Santa Fe this past weekend when I noticed a pimple in the making. They always seem to pop up right before special occasions and such, which pisses me off. Anyhow, I’ve mastered the perfect routine for covering up those annoying little eyesores and wanted to share my tips with you guys:
1. Before you start caking on makeup over a pimple, you should make sure the area is clean and sterile. Benzoyl peroxide works best, as it disinfects and helps dry it out (aka it makes the pimple smaller!).
2. Did you know that Visine (yes, the eye drops) helps with redness relief for zits? Yes, it’s true. I’ve tried this before and it does indeed make those problem areas a little less Rudolph-like. I drench a cotton ball or Q-tip with Visine and apply it to the irritated area for a couple of minutes just after the cleansing process.
3. If it’s oozy, try your best to not pop that sucker (I know, this is really hard to do) and apply a tinted blemish to the area. I live for this Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment ($26). It contains sulfur and zinc to help eliminate bacteria, and clears up excess oil. It’s seriously the best acne concealer i’ve ever used.
4. Never use a concealer that’s lighter than your skin. This will make your pimple stick out like a sore thumb (even more so that it already is!). Choose a color that’s as closest to your skin tone as possible, and always blend it in with a concealer brush. The brush will get in every little nook and cranny, giving you the best coverage possible.
5. Apply foundation to the rest of your face as you normally would, and blend it all the way up to the surrounding area of the zit (yet another reason why picking a concealer shade that matches your skin tone is important). My bestie introduced me to the Lorac Touch-Up To Go ($28) foundation and concealer duo, which is seriously amazing. It’s my go-to for traveling since it has a built in brush, and the coverage is out of this world. Side note: liquid foundations and concealers work way better than powder formulas, as powder doesn’t blend as well.
6. And lastly, you want to dust a light layer of loose powder over the area. This will help the coverage last longer by soaking up the pimple’s oily surface, especially on warmer days when it’s hot outside. It’s easier to apply this with a smaller eyeshadow brush, so you don’t go overboard and start looking like a cake face. I suggest the Everyday Minerals Finishing Dust ($8.70).