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It’s the night before [insert important event here] and, what do you know—a lovely little pimple or blackhead has appeared to rain on your parade. Ugh, what’s a girl to do? Luckily, with the right makeup know-how, you can hide that bad boy without anyone being the wiser. As long as you use our best foundation for acne-prone skin—and employ a few easy makeup hacks—there’s no reason to worry the next time you notice a blemish or blackhead. Follow our seven tips for hiding blemishes—which include our best makeup to hide acne—below, and get ready to say hello to a perfectly camouflaged complexion. It’s time to fake flawless skin until you make it! (Of course, skin care is important, too. Use our skin care routine finder to find tips for your skin type.)
If concealer isn’t cutting it when it comes to hiding a blemish or blackhead, we feel you. That's why color correcting concealer exists—or at least one reason. Known as some of the best makeup to cover acne, color correcting involves using opposite hues on the color wheel to mask imperfections. So, if your pimple looks red, reach for a green concealer, since those two shades can help neutralize the appearance of one another. And if blackheads are what you’re trying to hide, grab a yellow concealer. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons come in five shades (green to neutralize redness, yellow to disguise age spots, and peach, bisque, and orange to hide dark circles and dark spots on different skin tones). Apply your color correcting shade of choice as the first step in your makeup routine.
If you’re breaking out more than just a little and don’t think concealer will do the trick, consider using an anti-redness primer. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer glides on smoothly and neutralizes any redness. This primer will improve the look of your complexion for a flawlessly even skin tone. Even better, this product does double duty by helping your makeup stay put throughout the day. Just like with the concealer, you’ll want to apply this as the first step of your makeup routine so you have an even, neutralized base for the rest of your makeup look.
Pimples and blackheads—oh my! If you’re dealing with both of these, there’s no need to fret! Invest in a color correcting kit so you can get both of the neutralizing colors you need. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit is an all-in-one color correction palette. The kit comes with four shades: peach to disguise dark circles, yellow for discolorations such as blackheads, green to neutralize redness, and purple to brighten dullness.
Editor’s tip: To minimize how much you have to touch your face—which can encourage breakouts—blend in your color corrector with a makeup blender.
Don’t have a color correcting kit on hand? No worries—we’re here to show you how to hide blemishes without one! Just grab a liquid concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, to lighten things up. Gently dot it on before following with your regular concealer and foundation. You can also invest in a concealing kit so you have multiple shades to use daily and when you’re in need of some blemish coverage. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Conceal and Contour Kit comes with 4 pigmented shades that can be combined to create your own unique shades to perfectly match your skin. The cream palette contains full coverage concealers that will camouflage the most stubborn imperfections from scars to blemishes to dark under eye circles.
When it comes to disguising imperfections such as blemishes on your face, a creamy concealer is always a good idea. A powder can actually give your skin a cakey look and draw more attention to the thing you wanted to hide in the first place. No thanks! After applying your color correcting or highlighting concealer, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, which comes with four flesh-toned shades. Apply the closest match to your skin tone with your makeup blender so that you can cover your pimple from angles that you wouldn’t be able to reach with your finger. And don’t rub the concealer on—be gentle by lightly dabbing and rolling the makeup blender over your skin.
After you’re done concealing, reach for a full coverage foundation, being sure to choose a non-comedogenic (i.e. non-pore clogging) foundation. One of our best foundations for acne-prone skin is the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Foundation Makeup, which comes in a large variety of shades (45, to be exact!) to match every skin tone and undertone. It’s free of oils, fragrances, and pore-clogging fillers.
If you don’t want to risk your acne being even the slightest bit visible, consider using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This full coverage option has an air-light texture, provides seamless coverage, and can be used everywhere from your face to your legs to cover imperfections and even skin tone.
Regardless of which foundation you choose, apply them with a makeup blender—just like you did with your color corrector. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to bounce and blend your foundation onto your skin.
After you’ve perfectly concealed your imperfection(s) and applied foundation, grab a fluffy makeup brush and dab—don’t sweep—a finishing face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, across the surface to lock your makeup look in place. You wouldn’t want your blemishes to come uncovered in the middle of that big event!
Need extra mattifying power from your powder? Combat oily skin with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder. The long-lasting powder has a matte finish, air-fine texture, and an oil-free formula that you (and your skin) are sure to love.
Yes, we’re serious! If your pimple isn’t too big, you can totally turn it into a super-stylish beauty mark, which can give your face extra character. All you have to do is grab a brown eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Brown, and cover it up effectively and realistically. If you plan on doing this, make sure you use a makeup setting spray to keep your “beauty mark” in place! The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray will give you the appearance of “just applied” makeup all day with no melting, fading, or touch-ups necessary.
It’s not just about how you use concealer—it’s about making sure you take your makeup off at the end of the day, too. That’s because when you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oil that has built up on the surface of your skin throughout the day, and this can lead to clogged pores (and, in turn breakouts). Reach for a no-rinse makeup remover, like micellar water. Micellar water is powered by tiny oil molecules that help lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and wipe it across your face.
If you’re in a rush or on the go, makeup remover wipes will do the trick. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes are ultra-soft towelettes that will gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup. The wipes also remove dirt and oil for visibility tightened skin. And don't worry, their alcohol-free formula won’t dry out your skin.
For makeup wipes that double as an exfoliator, try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes. These towelettes are specially formulated to remove all traces of impurities and makeup by gently exfoliating your skin. Containing vitamin C, they also nourish your skin to leave it looking radiant, brighter, and more refined.
Now that you know how to hide blemishes, why not learn how to take care of acne-prone skin, too? Check out our article, What to Do When You Have a Pimple.