Best Face Forward: 6 Makeup Products That Conceal Blemishes

BY Jessie Quinn · June 12, 2019

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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.

1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

Per Perez’s insight, hydration is key when concealing woes like uneven skin tone. And this BB cream is chock-full of it. Enhanced by hyaluronic acid for a touch of moisture upon application, this BB cream helps even out the complexion with excellent coverage and camera-ready skin.

2. Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

To cover and conceal blemishes, it first starts with a good base. And this full coverage foundation has everything you want and more. Formulated with skin care superstars like vitamins A and E and Amazonian Clay, the 12-hour foundation helps set the tone for your complexion by providing even coverage and added protection with SPF 15.

3. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

For makeup that will last you into the evening, reach for this long-wearing foundation from Estée Lauder. Formulated with vitamin E, this concealing makeup can get you through summer weather as it was made to stay put through heat and humidity so you can trust your blemishes will be covered all day long.

4. Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation

Concealing is not just about covering; it’s about matching. And this customizable liquid pigment from Dermablend can do the trick. The blendable, buildable formula provides skin with a lightweight, even coverage to help conceal your beauty woes.

5. Glo Skin Beauty Oil-Free Camouflage Concealer

As Perez shared, oil-free is a must for those looking to conceal breakouts. And this oil-free concealer from Glo Skin Beauty can help get the job done. Formulated with skin-nourishing green tea, vitamin C and jojoba, this concealer was made to hide everything from blemishes, hyperpigmentation, dark circles and pimples. The skin care-infused makeup is a must for achieving long-lasting coverage where you need it most.


6. jane iredale PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation Refill SPF 20

For a compact powder that can finish off your concealing efforts, reach for this mineral-based formula from jane iredale. Formulated with skin care ingredients like algae extract for soothing and zinc oxide for UV sun protection, this compact powder is the perfect addition to your conceal-and-cover efforts. The refill powder goes with the Rose Gold Refillable Compact so you can touch up on the go for all-day coverage.

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Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine,,,, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journa... Read More >

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