Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Welcome to part 3 of my A is for Acne, Beauty Glossary ◊ A to Z. Part 1 covered, what is acne, understanding your skin’s composition and how your skin works. Part 2 was all about treatments for acne and now welcome to the finale, how to cover up those pesky spots using the joy of make-up.
So wondrous humans, blemishes can strike at any age. Make-up is a way to cover up, but it is not the solution. You must look after your skin and if it’s really bad, please go and see a dermatologist. But in the meantime, to minimise the appearance of facial blemishes or pimples, you need to use a concealer with a dry texture. Why? It will cling to the blemish better, last throughout the day and not irritate the skin or initiate more breakouts.
Insert of hilarious story>> I was hanging out with one of best guy friend’s in his res room at university. Now he was not one for many a product, but I noticed a singular Yardley concealer stick on his room dresser. I made a joke how one of his many conquests must have left it behind, but that was not the reason it stood there all alone. He said it was what his mum used to get rid of spots. I died laughing (also inwardly proud). He was not aware there was a ‘tint’ in the product that lessened the redness of his spots, or that it helped get rid of the spots because it ‘dried them out’. I explained how the ‘product’ worked and my friend, being very comfortable with his masculinity, was even more excited to keep the product around (feigning ignorance if ever asked again about its existence in his room). Why? Because it worked!
Apply your foundation first. This is the one instance in which you want to always apply your foundation before you conceal. It makes the process much easier.
Use an undercoat concealer that is green. Green neutralises red tones on the skin.
Opt for a concealer with a dry texture i.e. a stick concealer (creamy and liquid concealers can be quite oily and have a tendency to slide on and glide off – if you don’t have a one to hand, apply some translucent powder on top). Be sure to choose a concealer stick with a depth level that is NOT lighter than your foundation. Your concealer should match your skin exactly. A lighter concealer will only make the blemish seem larger because everything we lighten comes forward. You can use a brush or your ring finger (or fourth finger, next to your pinky finger – best for dabbing), apply the concealer directly to the blemish.
With your finger (again the fourth finger), use a patting motion to blend the edges around the blemish into the skin. You can also use a concealer brush, concentrate on the centre of the imperfection and then feather slowly outwards to blend. Set with powder. Dabbing or patting blends in the texture of the concealer, making it invisible. For stubborn blemishes, feel free to apply a second layer for extra coverage.
Disclaimer: This blog is only intended for informational purpose. Any information associated with this blog should not be considered as a substitute for prescription suggested by beauty, diet and healthcare professionals. Readers are subjected to use this information at your own risk. Tash Fromberg does not take any responsibility for any harm, side-effects, illness or any health or skincare problems caused due to the use of this content or anything related to this. Please always remember, products that work for me, may not work for you. Always test them on a small area of skin before buying or using if unsure.