The Right Way To Cover Up A Zit
Ahh, acne, it’s such a pain in the a^*. And when it comes to covering up those pesky pimples, half the time the makeup makes the blemish look worse. WTF?
Worry not, we’ve rounded up the best zit cover up tips, plus our favorite acne tools and concealers so that you can fake a flawless complexion, acne-prone skin and all.
For pimples or red marks, opt for a concealer with an olive tone. Or fake it by using a green color corrective product prior to applying concealer like this one. Note to self: green cancels out red.
If the pimple is cystic and swollen, first use an ice cube directly on the zit to quell redness and inflammation. Then let the area dry and apply a light concealer. Skip full-coverage foundation because it’ll just make the area look more cakey and noticeable.
Do the concealer, foundation, concealer layering thing. Yes, it’s key to apply concealer prior to foundation, then after foundation as well. In fact, try layering a bit more foundation on top of the concealer if the zit is extra aggro.
For whiteheads, use a thick concealer; those thin formulas are for wimps (and non acne skin types): Makeup artist Mally Roncal, founder of Mally Beauty, told Allure magazine: “It’s really important that your concealer has a dry, thickish consistency — almost like a putty. The wetter and more slippery a concealer it is, the harder it is for it to adhere to that mound/bubble. This kind of concealer is usually going to be found in a pot or tube, not in a wand — that type is too thin.”
To reiterate, you will need different types and tones of concealers for different types of zits, so have a stockpile on the ready.
Use a concealer brush and dab or tap product onto the red spot/ blemish. Do NOT rub. Also, it’s worth noting again: a concealer brush will work wonders on coverage, so invest in a great one like this.
Perhaps our favorite tip for making concealer last is the same as our under-eye concealer: eyeshadow primer. It’ll lock the concealer in place, without the cakiness look of too much powder.
Shop our favorite acne cover-up concealers and tools: