Covering up spots can be quite a challenge for several reasons. The first reason is that, in most cases, concealer does not last long enough. The second reason is that if you have a lot of acne, you probably tend to cake on makeup just to get decent coverage. This can suffocate the skin and make acne worse, and it does not even look good to begin with. And lastly, pimples tend to be raised so while you could hide the redness of the spots, you cannot hide the uneven texture of your skin. There are luckily a couple of tips and tricks besides concealer that you might find helpful in getting that long-lasting flawless finish you’re after. Here are 7 alternative ways you could hide your blemishes besides concealer.
- Use eye makeup primer
Using eyeshadow primer can help prevent your makeup from moving. Fiona Styles said for Allure that the skin on an inflamed pimple is stretched and shiny which makes it hard for makeup to stay put. This is why using an eyeshadow primer can help. This type of primer is designed to grip powdery eye makeup firmly. Sounds like the perfect spot covering hack. You could, of course, use concealer after the primer or a thicker layer of foundation.
- Use color correctors
Most people don’t really need color correctors to cover uneven areas on their skin. If, however, you find that no concealer seems to help with your blemishes, then you should try out color correcting. The theory behind color correcting is that the opposite color of the one you are trying to conceal counteracts that color. For instance, the opposite of red is green, so you should use green color to cancel out redness from pimples. Similarly, to cover dark circles under the eyes which are usually bluish, we should use colors in the red range such as pink, orange or red depending on our skin tone.
- Sulfur cream
If you are struggling with a couple of inflamed acne, you could use sulfur cream to both conceal and reduce the acne. Sulfur is an unusual ingredient in fighting inflammation because it acts as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Mario Badescu Drying Cream formula contains zinc oxide and sulfur, both of which effectively fight acne and signs of skin irritation and redness. The bright yellow color of the cream is not meant to match your skin tone, but to counteract redness in a similar way like color correcting creams.
- Don’t cake on the makeup
Lisa Eldrige, a renowned makeup artist, believes that we should focus on the positive aspects of our skin when doing our makeup. Instead of concentrating on problematic areas, look what features of your complexion would you like to enhance and make concealing blemishes an afterthought. In this way, you will avoid putting too much product on your face and achieve a better makeup look. Furthermore, try focusing on improving the condition of your skin rather that hiding imperfections. An evened out complexion happens with consistent skin care. Consider cosmetic peels like Cosmelan if you have discoloration and dark spots.
- Mineral makeup
True mineral makeup from brands like bareMinerals has minimalistic and safe formulas that are gentle towards the skin. Blemish-prone skin tends to be oily and sensitive. Using mineral-based makeup might be a better alternative for hiding spots as it can treat inflammation on your skin with the help of zinc oxide. Mineral makeup also helps absorb excess oil that would otherwise clog your pores.
- Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
This product is an all-in-one skin enhancer that you could also use as a concealer, foundation, bb cream, highlighter. You name it. The product comes in a wide range of shades. It has a unique formula unlike any other makeup product out there. Depending on how you use it, it can offer full coverage if you need to cover up those spots. And keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way.
- Simply use foundation
If you happen to have a foundation that as a bit lighter than your skin tone, apply the foundation on spots and let it dry for a minute or two and then blend. Blending too soon won’t give you enough coverage. Concealers are technically thicker foundations, but thicker formulas might clog pores. But foundation can work just as well if you apply it correctly.
Wearing makeup when struggling with spots can be really challenging, but not impossible. If you frequently struggle with spots, it is important to use the right products not to make matters worse and to get the right amount of coverage. You might find some of the tips we’ve listed here useful. Try some of these out and you might be surprised with the results.
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