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.