How To: Cover Up Blemishes

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How To: Cover Up Blemishes

Anyone who has had the misfortune of waking up to a bright red pimple is well aware of the painstaking task of covering it up. Just as there are a range of concealers for different problem areas (click here for a refresh on covering up under eye circles and bags), there are a variety of blemishes that need attending to. Take, for example the raised blemish – under the skin, newly formed, front and center (usually in the most inopportune area of your face like between your brows or above your upper lip). Then there’s the red blemish – a (literal) scar of blemishes past. It’s instances like these that I thank the makeup Gods for blessing us with the magic of concealer.

I’ve asked Lijha Stewart, Director of Artistry for Make Up For Ever, to explain how to cover each type of blemish – the tools and products to use along with her professional tips on using makeup to make your mark disappear.

Covering A Raised Blemish
“The trick to covering a raised blemish is making sure the blemish is smooth (not flaky). This means you may have to exfoliate and moisturize properly for the most natural looking coverage. You will also need a sponge to pat concealer on the problem area. Start with a dab of concealer on a corner of your sponge. Press and pat the blemish until it disappears into your skin. Apply a powder over the top to set and add additional coverage.
Also, a note on the concealer color, when a blemish is raised it is better to go with a slightly darker color rather than a slightly lighter color. This is because the lighter color could highlight the texture of a raised blemish.
TRY: Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, a waterproof, highly pigmented concealer that contains binders that stick – which is perfect for covering a blemish. [Editor’s Note: I use – and love – this concealer!] For your sponge, try Beauty Blender, the Cartier of makeup sponges.

Covering A Red blemish
Start with dab of concealer and tap it on to the most red area of the blemish. Use a small brush and feather the edges to blend into skin. My pro tip is to not touch the red area with the brush or you will lift the concealer and remove the coverage. Once the red is concealed, finish and set with a powder to add additional coverage.
TRY: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer, a medium coverage skin finish concealer. I love this product because it never looks heavy but always gives great coverage. For powder, try Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation.”
For the perfect blemish erasing brush, try Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush , a must for those of us who find ourselves constantly covering up unpleasant marks. The short bristles work to both buff and blend, without ever rubbing the concealer off of the skin. This brush has seriously changed my cover-up game…

If you’re like me and you have a bit of OCD that leads to an unfortunate case of poking and prodding, there’s the raised, red blemish – a.k.a. the scab – that requires even more attention to detail. Try combining both of the above techniques and make sure to keep the scab hydrated with an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin (it’ll lead to faster healing and aid in a more natural covering of the area). When you’re done, look in the mirror and repeat out loud – STOP PICKING!

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  • Susan

    Hi Sarah. The article you’ve done on “How to cover up blemishes”. Could you possibly tell me the lip colour that the model is wearing? It is beautiful.

  • Margaret

    WHY WE SHOUDN`t picking it???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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