Every teenager, and young adult, goes through the torment of acne at some point in their life. Sometimes no matter how hard they try, these unwanted bumps and pimples are unavoidable. Instead of spending a small fortune on expensive treatments that don’t always work, use a few simple tricks to cover all your acne blemishes. These are especially effective in a pinch when you don’t have time for your prescription or over-the-counter products to work.
Start with a clean face, which allows the products used to cover the acne blemish to adhere effectively to the skin. Remove your excess skin oils by first washing your face with a product specifically formulated for your skin type. Work the product into your skin with clean hands and wash it away with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry and apply a refreshing toner with a cotton ball. The toner removes the remaining oils that the face wash might have missed. Finish the cleansing with a facial moisturizer, even if you have oily skin. Don’t fall into the trap that using moisturizers makes oily skin worse, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, choose a product formulated for your skin type that also fights the formation of future acne blemishes.
Apply a concealer directly to the dry skin to effectively cover your acne blemish. If more oils form, or if the pimple is moist, dab at it with a cotton ball to remove the excess moisture. Apply the stick or cream concealer directly to the acne blemish with your clean fingers, a makeup sponge or a cotton swab. Choose a concealer that closely matches your skin tone. Work the concealer gently into the skin over and around the acne blemish to create a seamless finish. Allow the concealer to set for at least one to two minutes before continuing. If your acne blemish is red, choose a green concealer to neutralize the unwanted color even further.
Apply a thin layer of foundation over the acne blemish and concealer. Once again, allow the concealer to set before applying the foundation. Choose a foundation that is non-comedogenic, or a product that won’t clog pores, which leads to further acne blemishes. Apply the foundation with your clean fingers or makeup sponge directly over the foundation. Once again, work the foundation into the skin surrounding the acne blemish to create a seamless finished appearance. Allow the foundation to set for at least two to three minutes before continuing.
Cover the set concealer and foundation with pressed powder as a finishing touch to cover your acne blemish. The powder not only seals the makeup, which prevents it from fading, it also gives your skin a more matte appearance. Use a powder puff or large makeup brush to apply the powder directly over the foundation.
It’s acceptable to apply further makeup to your face, just remember to choose products that won’t clog your pores. Keep a small makeup bag with you to reapply the concealer, foundation or powder as needed, in the event the original products begin to rub-off or fade. Don’t be afraid to reapply as much as necessary to keep your acne blemish successfully concealed all day.