Isn’t it just like a pimple to appear when you least expect one–like the night before a big event or blind date? You may never master the skills of flawlessly contouring and highlighting your face, but every woman should know the ins and outs of covering a pimple with makeup. Hiding a glaring red blemish can be tricky, but if you have the right products on hand (and it takes just four must-have cosmetics to do the trick), makeup artist Molly Leahy of Blushing Brides says every woman can fake perfect skin. Leahy provides a simple five-step guide to covering a pimple and getting on with your life.
1. Start with foundation. A lot of the redness you’re seeing can be eliminated right off the bat by applying a foundation that matches your skin tone. They key? Blending until it looks natural. “This will take away a lot of the redness from your face and let you see where the more prominent spots are,” Leahy says.
2. Apply a cream color corrector. You know all of those rainbow-colored cream concealers that you see in the beauty aisles that remind you of an artist’s palette? They’re ideal for times when your skin is misbehaving. “If your pimples are particularly red or large, use a cream color corrector in a green shade because green cancels out red,” Leahy says. “To make sure that you are not turning your face green use a small eyeliner brush (not angled) to press the corrector onto the spot.”
3. Use powder. Let the cream corrector sit for a minute to sink into the skin or press a powder over the top, Leahy says. You can skip this step if you didn’t need a corrector to cancel out the redness on your face.
4. Conceal. Concealer is an absolute must here. Use a long wear, high coverage concealer (Leahy’s favorite is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer) and a duo fiber concealer brush (like MAC 287 Duo Fibre Eyeshadow Brush) and press a small amount of concealer onto the spot. Your application method is crucial if you want to nail the art of concealing a pimple. “I like duo fiber because it covers in a concentrated area, but blends beautifully,” Leahy says. “It is important to press and not wipe or rub or you will take away all the makeup off the spot. Use your ring finger to press and blend the area around the pimple without actually touching the spot so you don’t disturb the makeup.”
5. Finish with a powder. You’re almost finished! Your final step is to simply press a translucent or skin colored powder over the top of the spot gently to set it, Leahy says.
For more beauty tips, check out everything you need to know about highlighting concealer and the one thing you shouldn’t do when putting on mascara.