How-To: Cover Up Your Acne


Almost everyone gets acne, but that's pretty cold comfort, isn't it? Dealing with spots is enough of a hassle, so covering them up shouldn't be. As I was cursing a particularly stubborn cystic spot this morning, I thought you might like to see how to cover up your pimples. So for my step-by-step guide—including pictures— read more

You'll need to use different techniques depending on the blemish. Cystic acne—the spots that just show up as red, "under-the-skin" bumps—requires a different approach from the zits that are coming to a head. Read on.

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  • Step One: After applying your moisturizer, put a very small dab of concealer on your clean index finger. This will help warm the concealer, making it go on smoothly. I used Amazing Concealer ($40) in Fair. It's very concentrated, and because it's creamy, I find it easy to work with.
  • Step Two: Cover your cystic acne by dabbing the concealer on and around the spot. Gently tap it into the skin in quick motions, until the concealer blends with the rest of your skin. (In the picture you see here, I hadn't yet blended.)
  • Step Three: For pimples that are raised or that have come to a head, I recommend using a small, pointed concealer brush. I got mine at Sephora; it's on sale for $7, and has proven valuable during those times when I've needed to put just a tiny dab of concealer on a pimple. Dip the point of the brush in your concealer, then gently "paint" the pimple in question. Be sure to get the point on not just the top of the pimple, but on the sides and at the base as well.
  • Step Four: Follow by applying foundation. (I used my Prescriptives Custom Blend.) I also like to use a little bit of Touche Eclat on my chin area (where I tend to be red) and on top of any large blemishes. This diffuses the light, and it helps everything look more natural.

Hope this helps! I'm always trying to improve my pimple-concealing skills, so if any of you have other tips, feel free to share them!

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