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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 try 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. From picking the right concealer and foundation to easy makeup hacks you might not have known about, there’s no reason to worry the next time you notice a blemish or blackhead. Follow our five 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 the tips for your skin type.)
If you’re trying to hide a blemish or blackhead with concealer but that alone isn’t cutting it, we feel you. That's where color correcting concealer comes in. 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 are opposites. 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 dark 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.
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 highlighting liquid concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, to lighten things up. Gently dot it on and follow with your regular concealer and foundation.
When it comes to disguising imperfections such as blemishes on your face, a creamy concealer is always a good idea because a powder can give your skin a cakey look and just draw more attention to whatever you’re trying to hide. After applying your color correcting 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 otherwise reach with your finger. And don’t rub the concealer on—be gentle by lightly dabbing and rolling the makeup blender over the skin.
After you’re done concealing, reach for a full coverage foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, which is available in 12 shades and has a long-lasting formula. Apply it with a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Squeeze a small amount of foundation onto the blender and use dabbing and rolling motions to blend the foundation onto your skin.
After you’ve perfectly concealed your imperfection 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.
Yes, we’re serious! If you’re 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 and cover it up effectively and realistically.
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 clog 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.
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.