Shock. Anger. Denial. Those are just a few of the stages you experience upon realizing you have a huge pimple on your face. And then finally, there’s acceptance and desperation as you reach for some concealer and go to town. The problem with covering up a zit with a gallon of “nude” makeup is that it can sometimes make your blemish look a hundred times more obvious. The “cakey” appearance of heavy makeup can appear uneven and draw everybody’s eye to the one thing you’re trying to hide.
“The number one rule to keep in mind when covering up a zit is less is always more,” says Sarah Mohamed, bridal makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston. “Layer on layer of product is only going to draw attention to those imperfections (even more so on camera or film).”
Never fear, there is a solution for covering up a zit without making it more noticeable. Ready for this? Get colorful! “Heated, red tones that are common in blemishes should be balanced with cooler, olive tones,” Mohamed says. “Utilizing a color correcting primer before your foundation will take care of this. Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer by Smashbox deserves a round of applause because it has a beautiful velvet-like texture to soothe even the most sensitive of blemishes or any areas that appear overly ‘flushed.'”
The trick to applying it with ease is to use a foundation brush to dab a small amount of the primer onto the area, and then follow up with a thin layer of foundation. “In cases where the skin is irritated (because you just couldn’t resist popping that zit before applying your primer), using a sponge to apply your foundation results in even, gentle and complete coverage,” Mohamed says. “Grab a pack of sponges from the drugstore to lightly pat, using as little product as possible. Absolutely do not use your fingers–transferring skin oils from hand to face can cause further breakouts. A foundation brush can work if you don’t have a sponge, but always remember to pat, not wipe. Streaks can happen when using a brush if not done properly, and this can result in cakey-ness or uneven coverage.”
Lastly, Mohamed suggests applying a setting powder to the whole face, not just the areas with blemishes. “A color-less, light-reflecting powder is best to deflect attention away from the problem areas,” she says. “A powder with tint can all too often add to the appearance of ‘built up’ product. Apply a minimal amount very lightly with a fluffy brush. HD Microfinish Powder by Makeup Forever is translucent and is an amazing finish to your foundation.”
Before you rush out the door, spray a mist of setting spray over your face to set your product (Mohamed loves Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray) and–presto–no one will know about your little skin secret.
For more beauty tips and advice, check out 10 at-home remedies to try when zits pop up out of nowhere and the cleaning brush that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.
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