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Pimples aren’t kind enough to appear only at the most convenient times. This means there will be a morning or two when you wake up late and have only a few minutes to get ready–and a monstrous zit to cover.
Instead of simply grabbing a tube of concealer and going to town, without actually knowing if you’re making an impact on your pimple, pro makeup artist and beauty expert Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup offers these three expert tips on the products and techniques you need to cover a zit in half the time.
1. Don’t pick. “As hard as it is, try not to pick,” Trotter says. “A small zit that hasn’t been messed with is actually fairly easy to color correct and hide, but if you’ve picked, you’re dealing with crusty skin as it heals. Textured skin is very, very hard to cover, so when you get a blemish, treat it at night with benzoyl peroxide, but otherwise, hands off.”
2. Color correct. “The redness of a blemish is what’s noticeable, so focus on that,” Trotter says. “One of my favorite products is IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Redness. It truly eradicates redness–fast. Apply foundation as usual, and then just use a tiny bit of Bye Bye Redness on blemishes to hide them quickly. If you don’t have Bye Bye Redness on hand, then use a full coverage foundation that matches your skin shade. Whatever you do, don’t use a lighter concealer to try to cover a blemish; it actually does the opposite and makes it stand out more.”
3. Roll it out. “Have you ever tried to cover a blemish using your usual foundation methods–fingers, damp sponge or foundation brush–and been annoyed at how these application methods just wipe it away?” Trotter says. “Try the rolling method. Using a slightly (key word: slightly) damp sponge with a bit of foundation on it, press on your blemish area and roll over it, similar to the motion you’d use when using a paint roller. Set with a light setting powder to keep it smudge-proof.”
For more beauty tips and news, check out 10 at-home remedies to try when zits pop up out of nowhere and the one thing you should never do when applying foundation.
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