Last Updated on September 20th, 2019
Concealing acne requires two products, not just one. You will need at least one small jar of concealer, and you will also need a brush to put it on your face. You may also need other cosmetics to smooth out the matte of your skin and to tint the concealer to match your natural flesh tones.
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There are concealers for many skin issues besides acne. There are concealers for fine lines and wrinkles4, for circles under the eyes, and for red and pink marks caused by acne. The concealer needs to set to a satin finish without flaking, cracking, or streaking, and it should not make fine lines more prominent, especially around the eyes. Liquid concealer works well on most of your face, but a creamier concealer is needed where your makes lots of lines, such as around your mouth and around your eyes.
A concealer does not conceal anything unless it matches your skin color and skin tones. You can’t put a pink concealer on black skin or a black concealer on fair skin and expect nobody to notice.
Also, a single layer of concealer usually won’t work. You need a treatment you apply directly to the blemish and usually also a layer of foundation in your natural skin tone. A concealer in your skin tone, however, will not cancel out redness in a pimple.
The best way to cover up a red pimple is with green concealer. If you don’t have a palette of different concealers at home, and you just can’t afford to buy green concealer (it’s usually about US $10 per jar), then you can start with:
When you conceal a pimple, you don’t want it to break out more. That is why concealer is best applied with a brush. A brush needs to be thin enough that you could use it to apply makeup at the corner of your eyes, and firm enough that your face will not cake with makeup. It’s easy to lose brushes, so it is best to keep them in a bag.
Wash and dry your hands, and then take a tiny lump of concealer out of the jar, about the size of a pea, about 1 or 2 grams. Place the lump of concealer on the back of your non-dominant hand, the one you do not use to hold the brush, and run the brush back and forth through the concealer to coat the brush. You don’t want any lumps or granules of concealer on the brush.
If you don’t have a brush, you can use your fingers, but you need to be extra-careful not to smear too much concealer on the blemish, and not to puncture the blemish with your fingernails.
Put just enough concealer on a pimple to cover up the redness. Then to conceal your concealer, place a thin layer of foundation makeup (which you have chosen to match your natural skin tone), or use a second layer of beige, brown, or yellow concealer to make the blemish less noticeable. If the pimple is still somewhat visible after applying the rest of your makeup, add just a dot of concealer over it as the last step in making your face.
It is important to remember that making blemishes less noticeable is the purpose of using concealer. Using just green concealer without a second layer hides acne, but then you might find yourself needing to explain why your face has green spots. Using a single layer of concealer that is very different from your natural skin tone can leave your skin looking worse rather than better.
Some cosmetics experts insist that concealer should never be any tone that does not naturally exist in healthy skin. Green, orange, pink, purple, rose, or ash concealer is a no-no, some cosmetics cops insist. There is general agreement, however, that concealer should be thicker under the eyes and thinner over the rest of your face. A matte finish product is best for oily skin, but there is no guarantee than any kind of concealer you use to hide acne will not also cause new breakouts.
For a medicated concealer to work5, it would have to contain both an exfoliant, which loosens dead skin around and over clogged pores, and a disinfectant that kills acne bacteria without irritating the skin. Medicated concealers are a good idea, but there are no products on the market that both loosen dead skin and kill acne bacteria while they cover up pimples.
Concealer is not necessary for hiding whiteheads and blackheads. You can cover them up with your foundation makeup. Removing all your makeup every night6, however, is essential for clearing up your skin. Blackhead remover strips such as the Biore product, however, can give you a red mark next to the blackhead that does not come out, requiring the use of concealer. At night you can use a product like Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion that gets the “black” out of blackheads overnight and that removes the entire blackhead in a few days.
If you have simply no money for acne concealers, but you can afford a bottle of milk of magnesia (MOM), you can use a dot of MOM on blemishes to make the blemish (it is to be hoped) less noticeable. Milk of magnesia is anti-inflammatory and will reduce the redness of pimples. It can also obscure blackheads, if you have the right skin color and tone. MOM is water-soluble, however, so the first time you perspire heavily or wash your face, your “concealer” is gone. But your pimple won’t be quite as red.
It’s better to treat acne than it is to conceal acne, and it’s better to prevent acne than it is to treat it. One of the best ways to treat acne and keep it from coming back is to use the very affordable set of products available from Exposed Skin Care.
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