There is no magic trick involved in concealing pimples. If you have an unsightly blemish, piling on a pound of cakey concealer will draw unwanted attention to the area. After having spent thousands of dollars on concealers, foundations, and powders over the years, I have finally established a routine for hiding facial flaws that never fails. If you have fair skin and suffer from mild acne, read on to learn how to deal with breakouts more effectively.
Applying moisturizer is undoubtedly the most crucial step if you wish to conceal your acne. Many people do not want to apply lotion on top of pre-existing pimples for fear of clogging the pore further; this is an unwarranted fear, as many facial lotions are oil-free or contain reagents that aid in cell turnover. One of the major challenges in covering acne is that the skin around the newly formed pimple is often dry or cracked. Dryness worsens if you have a tendency to squeeze your pimples. Dry skin renders makeup application impossible. It is more attractive to bear a red splotch on your face than a cracking fleshy lump. Invest in a moisturizer that keeps any flaky skin around your zits in check. The moisturizer must be light and sheer enough such that it can be applied prior to makeup; I recommend Neutrogena facial moisturizers, especially Neutrogena Healthy Skin. After the first application of moisturizer, swipe skin with a clean washcloth to remove any excess flakes. Reapply the moisturizer liberally.
Conceal with Liquid Foundation
If you have an unsightly flat mark on your face, concealer will work well to cover it. However, concealer looks terrible on raised pimples. Concealer is much more thick and dry than foundation makeup, providing the allusion that the pimple is masked and will never again see the light of day. Within hours, most concealers will become cakey or clump off. If you must use concealer, stick with a liquid based concealer equipped with an applicator instead of a cream based concealer that you must repeatedly touch with bacteria-laden fingers. Despite what you read in fashion magazines, green or yellow concealers will not conceal pimples effectively. They will hide redness and replace it with a green or yellow tint.
In my many years of concealing acne, I have found that foundation makeup is sufficient to hide the majority of blemishes when applied properly. Choosing a foundation color for concealing your pimples should not be as difficult; one does not need to apply the scientific method to find a color that will work. A little-known fact: most drugstores will accept returns for any cosmetic purchases if you are unsatisfied with the product. Do not choose colors based on whether you want your skin to appear lighter or darker; choose a color that simply matches your skin the best. Do not opt for a shade lighter; doing so will give you the appearance of wearing a mask. My all-time favorite foundations are made by Revlon: Colorstay, Photoready, and Colorstay Active Light are all wonderful choices to play with. These concealers do not dry or flake off, and they have remarkable staying power. In order to conceal acne, I apply the foundation underneath my eyes, around my nose, and lightly all over my cheeks. When I want to specifically cover a pimple, I apply concealer to the tip of my finger, and repeatedly tap the foundation over the zit and around the surrounding area. Tapping allows for the product to build up, but since foundations are not cakey, you will not create a mound of makeup. Blending is fundamental in covering acne, which is why the foundation must be applied to the entire face lightly prior to covering acne.
The Secret Weapon
This product is so essential to my beauty routine that one of my largest fears is its discontinuance. If you have had poor luck with Cover Girl cosmetics prior, do not judge this product until you try it. I do not like many Cover Girl products, but have fallen in love with this one years ago. I have recommended Cover Girl Fresh Complexion Oil-Free Pocket Powder to scores of women who have also fallen in love with the product. Following my foundation application, I like to lightly apply this powder foundation all over my face by tapping the sponge all over and lightly blending so as not to disturb the first foundation layer. I will put an excess amount of product on top of pimples with the tapping method. This powder leaves your face looking fresh and perfectly concealed.