It seems that pimples always appear during the most inconvenient times. You can expect a blemish in your face every time you have a hot date even if you have a preventive routine. My favourite prevention routine includes applying Witch-Hazel Pore Clear Toner by Secret Key and Red Serum by Skin & Lab.
Because breakouts are unavoidable here are 7 ways you can create a combat plan that will cover it until it goes away. Keep in mind that the following tips include more than just using concealer, but the good news is that they are effective.
Step 1 Prepare Your Face
It is important to prepare your face before applying makeup. Begin by cleansing your face with a soft cleanse such as Heimish All Clean Balm and do not forget to apply vitamin C like iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum to get rid of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.
Step 2 Apply Moisturiser
If you have oily skin, you do need to moisturise, even if you have acne. Skipping this key step will leave your face with red patches that will bring more attention to your breakouts. Even acne-prone teenagers need to moisturise to keep their skin barrier healthy.
Make sure to follow this order:
- Acne medications
To choose the best moisturiser you need to read the label carefully and look for the moisturiser to be oil-free and non-comedogenic such as Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion With Birch Sap.
Step 3 Face Blur
To provide a suitable base for makeup it is a great option to apply a face blur such as Etude House Face Blur. This face blur is the perfect base for foundation or BB cream. This powerful formula has pore-blurring effects leaving your face with a silky-smooth finish.
Step 4 Apply BB Cream
BB creams have the goal to even out skin tones and cover some flaws like redness and dark spots. This type of cream focuses on concealing problems such as blemishes and redness. Just make sure to look for a cream that will not clog pores to avoid causing more pimples.
A great option is Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 that comes in 5 different shades that complement a broad range of skin colours. What I love about this product is that it can heal skin imperfections, is used as a makeup base, and protects the skin from the sun. A unique 3-in-1 formula.
Step 5 Concealer
The best way to apply concealer to hide blemishes is to do it in an “X” pattern. It is a good idea to apply the concealer using a new cotton swab each time to avoid cross-contamination from fingers and broken-out skin.
Using your fingers or a cotton swab, press your concealer, blending it onto each blemish. Never rub it, or you could risk streaky results.
Make sure your concealer has a dry, thickish consistency like The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer SPF28 that is available in 3 shades. This high coverage concealer is so good it can be worn instead of foundation.
Step 6 Foundation
The best way to apply foundation is by using a stippling brush. A brush will provide good coverage and an airbrushed, even finish. Make sure to apply the foundation in a round, stippling motions so you can get coverage without wiping off the concealer you already applied.
If you are wondering if you should use a powder foundation to cover your blemishes you should know that powder is great at helping absorb oil, and stays longer than its liquid counterpart. But when it comes to diminishing redness, it is usually not as effective.
The benefit of applying the powder foundation is that it creates a more natural look, and it feels less heavy on the skin and for most acne sufferers provides great everyday wear.
But without a doubt, liquid foundation such as the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation is your best option for covering blemishes. As mentioned before making sure to apply it with a brush. This type of foundation gives more full coverage and converts both colour and texture.
Step 7 Keep Your Makeup Stay Longer
Finally, finish your makeup by applying a slight amount of powder. Applying powder such as Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder will make your makeup stay longer while helping control excess oil. This loose powder is specially formulated to minimise pores, blemishes, and control excess oil.