Most everyone knows the struggle of having acne pop up when you least expect it. Luckily, you don’t have to have perfect skin; a bit of makeup, applied well, can mask your pimples and leave your face looking flawless.
With the right tools and products, you can be a pro at covering up acne, but you should also have your skin care routine worked out to prevent it in the first place. Here are some pointers to minimize your breakouts and to hide your pimples if they should arrive without an invitation.
Know Thy Enemy
Pimples are not all created equal, and neither are the techniques for concealing them. You need to have several tricks up your sleeves to deal with different types of acne. Let’s consider the three main types that most people have experienced at one time or another.
- Blackheads: Blackheads tend to congregate in your T-zone areas, especially your nose, chin, or forehead. These blocked pores can be pinpoint small or impressively large, but either way, you can hide them by layering several concealers.
Try different textures, such as a thin tinted moisturizer topped with a layer of powdered foundation. If you can still see them, add another layer of another concealer, making sure to blend carefully. The result should be subtle and natural, not cakey.
- Whiteheads: These angry and often painful eruptions can occur anywhere on your face. They may be red and raised, and while you may be tempted to pick at them, you should resist that urge.
Picking can lead to scarring and can also spread bacteria to other spots, continuing the vicious cycle. For the love of your face, resist the urge.
Whiteheads are easier to hide under a thicker concealer. Look for one with a drier feel and putty-like texture to cover your pimple and the redness that surrounds it. Set the concealer with a powder foundation that matches your skin tone.
- Cystic acne: This type of acne tends to be deeper than the other two. Red, inflamed areas are its harbinger, and before you try to cover it up, you should start with a compress to reduce any swelling.
To cover these cysts, you should fight the instinct to use a heavy concealer. Instead, opt for a lightweight product, even a tinted moisturizer, to subtly cover any redness. A heavy hand may make your cystic acne stand out more.
Try your best to match your skin tone, and then concentrate your efforts on playing up other facial features to draw away any attention. A smoky eye or bright lipstick can create the perfect distraction and boost your confidence at the same time.
Pimples don’t usually show up and disappear without a trace. You can have dry, flaky areas, dark spots, or redness as an unpleasant reminder of past flare-ups.
You should look for non-comedogenic makeup products that won’t clog your pores as well as oil-free skincare products, even moisturizers, to balance out your skin’s natural oiliness. If redness is your main issue, look for a green concealer or primer to mask it, before using another concealer that matches your skin tone.
Full-coverage concealers may be needed if you have distinctive scars or dark spots to hide. You can also try layering them; use a pale or white concealer to cover the dark spot, and then go with a flesh-toned concealer over it to blend it into the surrounding skin.
An Ounce of Prevention
You may not be able to stop your pimples from surfacing, but you can take smart steps to prevent them as well as to make it easier to mask them. Give your skin time to heal when you do have a breakout, and don’t forget to moisturize!
You should invest in proper makeup tools as well. Sponges may actually remove rather than blend your concealer, and they are a breeding ground for bacteria. Opt for a dense, short-bristled brush instead to apply your concealer, and don’t cake on lots of powder, which can draw more attention to what you are trying to hide.
Your brushes should be cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of any pimple-causing germs. It doesn’t matter how clean your face is if you continue to use the same dirty brushes every day.
Hopefully, these tips can make covering up acne a piece of cake. You can find the tools and products that professionals use for flawless skin on LaLa Daisy’s website. From acne skincare treatment to concealers and brushes, we have it all.