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How to Cover Up Acne With Makeup: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Despite the impression we were given by all those infomercials we saw as kids, acne in real life isn’t too easily discouraged. They persist, long after our teenage years. And even when they do eventually leave, they don’t do so silently: they leave a discernible mark that haunts us every time we stand in front of the bathroom mirror—the ghost of pimple past, so to speak. While most dermatologists recommend going easy on makeup when you’re battling breakouts, there are times when covering them up is inevitable. The trick, according to April M. Chaney, Hollywood makeup artist, licensed esthetician and spokesperson for Dermaflage, is to do so properly.

Whether you are going to a wedding or have a big date coming up, here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your blemishes disappear, at least for a few hours.

  1. STEP 1: Start With a Good Skin Care Routine
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    STEP 1: Start With a Good Skin Care Routine

    SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub provides intense and even exfoliation without being harmful to delicate skin. Hydrated silica, a naturally occuring mineral, sloughs away dull skin and impurities while glycerin and aloe leaf extract hydrate, cool, and refresh the skin.Key Ingredients: * Hydrated Silica: a derivative of silicon dioxide and a naturally occurring mineral, hydrated silica lifts and removes dead skin cells, excess oil, and debris from the skin’s surface * Glycerin: a powerful humectant possesses water-binding properties that help deliver intense hydration * Aloe Leaf
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  2. STEP 2: Prime

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  3. STEP 3: Color Correct

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  4. STEP 4: Apply Foundation

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  5. STEP 5: Set
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    STEP 5: Set

    Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40 from Supergoop!® is a new and improved version of our best-selling makeup setting mist that locks your look in place with sun protection in the mix. It’s now better than ever thanks to a lighter consistency and scent we think you’ll love—use it to reapply your SPF every two hours.Key Ingredients: * Peppermint Oil: soothing and refreshing ingredient, it helps balance the skin's natural oils resulting in fewer clogged pores * Rosemary Oil: rich in minerals and antioxidants that help protect against free radical damageKey Benefits: * Provides free radical
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  6. Final Tip: Always Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean
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    Final Tip: Always Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean

    Protect your makeup tools and your skin with Sigma Beauty's SigMagic Brushampoo. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients like virgin coconut and palm oil, this product effectively cleans brushes without damaging bristles. This gentle formula helps to fight bacteria and product build-up so that you can flaunt a flawless complexion and makeup all year round.Key Benefits: * Made with virgin coconut oil * Made with certified, sustainable palm oil * No additives or preservatives * Anti-microbial * Breaks down product build-up * Fragrance, paraben and sulfate freeLearn more on the blog: How to
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Managing Editor, Dermstore Blog

Gracee Tolentino

Gracee Tolentino is the former managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new beauty products, reading creative non-fictions, creative writing and exploring the world. Her number-one beauty rule: Never leave the house without applying sunscreen.