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Acne is one of those unwanted guests that can show up on your skin when you least expect it. And when you have acne, your first thought may be to hide inside until your breakout clears up. But you don’t have to do that—with the right makeup tips, you can help disguise the look of your acne with foundation and concealer. Keep reading for the scoop on how to hide acne with makeup—we’ve got you covered!
When it comes to hiding breakouts, you’ll want to have a few key makeup products on hand. These include primer, color corrector, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. So, before you get to work, stock your makeup bag! Ready to go? Below, our tutorial for hiding acne with makeup.
Once you’ve got the right makeup products on hand, you can get started on your acne cover up routine. Follow our step-by-step tutorial for masking breakouts with makeup.
Step 1: Prime your complexion. The first step to hiding acne is using primer. A primer can help create a smooth canvas on which to apply the rest of your makeup. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base has a matte finish and can help minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes. Apply it dot by dot and blend it in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas. (Learn more about the benefits of using a primer in your makeup routine.)
Step 2: Dab on a green color correcting concealer. Quick art lesson: Green and red are opposite on the color wheel, so they cancel each other out. That’s why it’s a good idea to use a green color correcting concealer to help neutralize the look of acne-related redness. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four color correcting shades, including green. Apply it sparingly with the included sponge wherever needed on your face. Bonus: You can also use the peach shade to help disguise dark circles, the yellow to help hide discolorations, and the lavender to help mask dullness before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Apply a full coverage foundation. Once you’re done color correcting, reach for a full coverage foundation to help cover the look of blemishes. Using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, gently blend the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation onto your skin.
Step 4: Follow up with concealer. After foundation, the next step in your acne cover up routine should be applying a flesh-toned concealer to help hide any remaining imperfections. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit has four concealer hues, so pick the one that most closely matches your skin tone—or mix two together to create a custom shade. Apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender.
Step 5: Set your look. Congrats—you’ve made it to the end of our tutorial on how to help hide acne! You just have one step left. It’s time to set your look by lightly dusting on a setting powder. Now you’re good to go!
At the end of the day, it’s important to remove your makeup before bed. That’s because when you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on your face, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Yep, that basically defeats the whole purpose of wearing makeup to cover acne in the first place. Try removing your makeup with micellar water, a no-rinse cleansing option that’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face.