Concealing common skin care blemishes and imperfections like pimples, dark spots redness and hyperpigmentation can be frustrating to say the least. However, with the right technique and products, it’s completely possible.
Up ahead, we share a guide to concealing and covering, plus the best products to help you do so!
How to Conceal Blemishes
Finding the best products for concealing blemishes is one thing, but knowing how to conceal is another. Luckily, experts like Sue Perez, esthetician and Emmy Award-winning makeup artist at NBC Studios shares with us a few camera-ready tricks. Below, find her best tips for concealing the most common skin care woes.
Pimples: When it comes to concealing pimples, Perez says to start with a treatment like salicylic acid. “It helps dry out the blemish and can be used under makeup,” she notes. In addition, she says to pay close attention to where your breakouts are when prepping your skin with hydration. “Avoid anything with oil when you have breakouts and hydrate the rest of your skin avoiding these areas if you can. Since the T-zone in the face naturally contains the most oil, apply moisturizer on cheeks and use an eye cream instead of simply applying face cream all over,” she explains. Once your skin is prepped, Perez recommends using “oil-free makeup and concealers with a small synthetic brush to conceal and loose powder to set it.”
Dark Spots: Although they might not have the raised appearance that a pimple might have, dark spots can be tricky to hide, due to their color. However, Perez says it’s doable with a mix of skin care and makeup. If you have dark spots, she recommends adding a brightening serum to your skin care regimen and using sunscreen during the day “as continued UV sun exposure causes them to darken.” To conceal them, she says to “first use a primer under your makeup base [as] this will extend the coverage of your makeup throughout the day.” Then, “apply your foundation using a synthetic makeup brush to even out your skin tone,” she adds. Once you have a base, she recommends reaching for “a corrective cover concealer” and using only on the dark spots. Set with a loose translucent powder and you’re good to go!
Redness: Redness is another popular skin care woe that might leave you frustrated, to say the least. However, Perez says it’s possible to cover your redness and get that even skin tone you’ve been dreaming of. But, as with everything else, it starts with skin care. “Hydrate the skin with hydrating masks and hyaluronic acid moisturizers,” says Perez. “Uneven skin tone with red patchy areas is [a sign of] skin sensitivity and being gentle and calming to the skin is crucial,” she emphasizes. Once you’ve got your skin care covered, she says to reach for a primer made for sensitive skin. “The ones with a little mint green color will help to even out reddish undertones the best,” Perez notes. Next, apply your foundation with a synthetic foundation brush and “make sure [the] formula has a high SPF to protect the skin.” One of her biggest tips for concealing redness? “Avoid [using a] strong pink blush [for obvious reasons] and opt for a lighter bronzing powder instead,” she adds.
Hyperpigmentation: “Pregnancy, hormonal changes, or excessive sun exposure [can lead to] hyperpigmentation,” notes Perez. On a skin care level, she says to look for treatments that bring radiance to help brighten the look of skin. And as for concealing uneven skin tones? “Makeup should be sheer in texture and dewy in appearance,” she notes. “Avoid heavily applied coverage [that gives] that makeup-mask look,” she continues. For concealing hyperpigmentation, she says the best products to use are tinted moisturizers and a little extra concealer where you need it most. “Use sheer powders in the T-zone only. Products like highlighters that bring a glow to the skin can [also] give the skin a soft focus effect,” adds Perez.
Uneven Skin Tone: If you’re dealing with uneven skin tone, Perez says that “exfoliation is the companion to skin renewal and should be done gently to replenish new skin cells,” noting that “the skin’s natural shedding process slows down as we age and can make our [complexion] look dull and more uneven.” She says to breathe life back into your skin with weekly exfoliation and [lots of] hydration. As for cosmetics, “Makeup should always be sheer enough to let your healthy skin shine through,” she comments.
Best Makeup for Covering and Concealing
Ready to put Perez’s pro tips into practice? We’ve compiled a list of our best makeup for blemishes and skin imperfections so you can put your best face forward. Peep our picks below.