8 Makeup Tips to Hide Facial Blemishes

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Everyone has to deal with facial blemishes from time to time. For people who don’t know how to effectively manage blemishes (or end up making the problem worse when they try), dealing with blemishes can be stressful and intimidating. Fortunately, just about anyone can master makeup techniques to disguise or cover up most types of blemishes. Before beginning, it’s important to know your skin type, skin tone, the type of blemishes you’re dealing with and the correct makeup colors to match your skin. Once you have that down, these easy-to-learn techniques will have you looking flawless in no time!

8. Preparation is Key

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Before attempting to cover up blemishes, always start with a clean face. Remove old makeup by washing your face with lukewarm water and a good facial cleanser. Gently exfoliating your skin may also help remove dry, dead skin cells that can make blemishes look worse, but be careful not to over-exfoliate and exacerbate problem areas. Once your face is clean, gently pat dry with a soft towel and apply a thin layer of your favorite moisturizer. Remember, always choose a moisturizer that works with your skin type to avoid breakouts or patches of dry skin.

7. How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast



Even with a flawless skin-care routine, pimples are bound to happen on occasion. For dealing with unsightly pimples quickly, clean the area with a cleanser specially designed for pimples. Look for cleansers that contain glycolic acid or sulfur as primary ingredients for best results. If you have a pimple that is especially red or irritated, try holding an ice cube on the area for a few minutes to decreas redness and swelling and then pat dry with a clean towel. A dab of witch hazel or your favorite toner can help dry up pimples quickly before you apply makeup, or you can apply a small amount of serum containing glycolic acid and copper for a mix of antibacterial, anti-inflammation and anti-microbial action to stop the pimple in its tracks.

6. Special Treatment for Different Types of Blemishes

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Acne, blisters, irritation or rosacea all cause redness on the skin, which can stand out like a sore thumb. Topical acne ointment can be applied in a thin layer over the entire face to clear up most problem areas. Follow with an antibacterial ointment, such as Neosporin, for faster healing. Before applying makeup, red blemishes can be dabbed with a small amount of green-tinted concealer to neutralize the redness, but be careful not to apply too much! Dark blemishes, such as age spots, freckles, moles or scars, can be treated with skin-lightning concealers, moisturizers or foundations. These tend to gently bleach the skin over time, so using them regularly will cause darker blemishes to slowly disappear.

5. Conceal Problem Areas

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Before applying foundation, dab a tiny amount of your favorite concealer on problem areas and blend outward onto surrounding skin. Allow to dry completely before applying foundation. For acne trouble spots, consider using an anti-acne concealer containing salicylic acid or similar ingredient, to help fight acne all day long. Green-tinted concealers are great for covering red blemishes, and yellow-tinted concealer works wonders on dark circles or other dark spots on the skin. Always use concealer sparingly to avoid caking on the skin, which can make blemishes look worse and draw attention to problem areas.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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