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How to Cover Up a Pimple

Concealer won't work on its own. Find out why


Young woman squeezing pimple in bathroom mirror, close-up
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I'm a firm believer that when a person has a pimple on their face they assume that pimple is as large as Mount Everest. This is because not only can you feel the pimple growing without even touching it, when you do touch it with the greasy pad of your finger it's GINORMOUS. 

Chances are, your pimple is largely unnoticeable. I never notice pimples on people. They simply do not register. Now, an oozing face full of pimples is another story...

So how best to cover up a pimple?

Concealer alone won't last on your pimple. It will wear off quite quickly. For blemishes and pimple coverage, I recommend applying foundation first or the concealer will be rubbed away in the foundation application. Also, you may find you don't need concealer if your foundation does a good job even-ing out your skin tone. Always choose a concealer that perfectly matches your skin.

Here's how to cover up a pimple using my fool-proof layering system:

  1. Apply foundation.
  2. Use a stiff brush with a pointy, fine tip to dab on concealer. It's important to apply only to the red areas, not necessarily to the raised area. You can use the pad of your finger if you don't have a pointy stiff brush. 
  3. Set the concealer with a dusting of translucent powder.
  4. Dab on concealer again.
  5. If you find you overdid the concealer, use a tissue to gently buff the concealer away. If that doesn't work, moisten a Q-tip with makeup remover and gently apply to the pimple. Then re-cover the pimple with concealer.

I recommend keeping concealer in your purse for touch-ups during the day and do your best to never, ever pick the pimple or the scab that develops as the pimple dries. 

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