Who knew that not all concealers are the same? Turns out using concealer is an art, but isn’t all makeup? Sometimes when I would get one of those stubborn cystic pimples I would struggle to hide the pesky thing. My undereye concealer wouldn’t work and no amount of powder was good enough to last all day. So does this mean that we should go on and take a makeup course to learn the basics of concealer application? I think not! But you could read the below for a quick cheat sheet of how to cover all kinds of acne imaginable.
1 || Bright Red Pimples
With bright red pimples a color corrector is key here; green suits the fair-skinned ladies out there while orange or yellow are better suited for the medium or dark-skinned. Use a cream concealer on top of the color corrector by dabbing it with your fingertips.
2 || Blackheads
We’ve always been warned about extracting blackheads ourselves, and for more than one reason. Not only you risk infecting your skin, but you will be left with open pores and an uneven surface. Find a primer with salicylic acid to hide and treat at the same time. Top it off with an oil-free foundation and you’re all set.
3 || Whiteheads
It’s so tempting to pop these little unwanted visitors but keep in mind that popping them makes it harder to conceal. A creative way to deal with them is to stick one of those genius clear hydrocolloid pimple patches and then smooth a tiny amount of a thin liquid concealer onto the patch to hide it. Make sure the amount is tiny as you don’t want to end up with concealer collecting around the edges of the patch. Though we’ve personally never tried this tip but they say it works.
4 || Cystic Acne
Start by first icing the raised bump for five minutes. Apply a hydrocortisone cream to help reduce the swelling and redness. Apply a matte concealer on and around the bump and let it bake for 15 minutes. Come back and gently pat around the bump to blend.
5 || Open Wounds
So you couldn’t help but attack the pimple and now you’re left with an open wound! Using a cotton bud, spray a liquid bandage unto the cotton bud and gently dab on the open zit. Once it dries it will become this clear protective film that will help keep the germs out and will allow you to cover with concealer. Tap a long-wear concealer on top.
6 || Scabs
So you’re guilty of having attacked a pimple unsuccessfully and now a scab has formed. Gently pat a silicone-based primer on the dry crusty area and let it sit for a couple of minutes. The silicone will create a film that will help the concealer go on smoothly and stay put. Using a dense brush smooth on your waterproof concealer.