Nobody likes to have a big red spot, and for years I thought this was the reason concealer was invented Ė to conceal the spots, but I was wrong. Iíve recently learned the correct way to cover up a blemish and concealer is usually the wrong choice. I was surprised and Iíll be you will be, too.
Covering a Blemish
Stop to think about the point of your coverage Ė to blend the blemish in with the rest of your skin tone so that the red spot doesnít stand out. This is especially true if you have a red spot that is more like a pimple than a zit. The more obvious the spot, the more you need to make it blend naturally.
Concealer is usually a few shades lighter than your skin tone. Itís designed for covering up the dark circles under your eyes. The light color blends with the dark shadows and comes close to your real eye color. The red spot under the sheen of concealer will look a lot like a bright white spot on your otherwise tan face.
Itís far better to use a bit of thick foundation than concealer. You donít want to use the heavy foundation all over your face, however, just over the spot. Heavy foundation on a young face makes you look far older than you actually are Ė and not in a good way. Itís much better to use a light foundation or even just a bit of powered foundation on most of your face and a dab of the heavy stuff where you need it.
Covering the Blemish
Buy a heavy foundation Ė the cheap kind is fine Ė in the exact same shade as your skin. Test it first on your jaw line if you can or the back of your hands to be sure that the color blends in completely. When you wake up with a red spot, be sure to wash your face very well before applying any make up. Use a light moisturizer as well.
Once the moisturizer is absorbed, use the end of a Q-tip to dab a bit of the heavy foundation right over the red spot. Donít use your finger because youíll be putting more oil back on the acne. Once you have a dab of foundation, you can use your finger to pat it a few times to blend it in with the face smoothly Ė donít rub or youíll run the make-up off the spot.
Then, carefully apply the rest of your foundation as you normally do, being careful to not smudge your concealed spot. Finally, dust on powder to help set your foundation and the special spot foundation as well. You can then continue applying make-up as you normally would.
At the end of the day, wash your face to remove all of the make-up youíve been wearing. The sooner you can wash off the make-up the better. Use a special acne cleanser and keep your face clear and clean every morning and night for as long as possible so that the spots can heal quickly, and you can avoid new ones forming as well.