How to Cover up a Pimple

Using studio finish concealer to cover a pimple

Treating, and dealing with acne is hard enough work, but covering up a pimple can be even more challenging. If you are unable to get rid of your acne, concealing breakouts is the next best option! Covering up breakouts is a very challenging task do to a pimples texture and color. Its easy to cover up a scar, or something flat on your face because makeup is made to deal with these issues. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many makeup products out there that can deal with covering up an active pimple very well.

The main challenge is dealing with the texture of a pimple. They are often dry, flakey, inflamed, and rise above the skin. So, when we apply a concealer on top of this, it often looks flakey, cakey, and like a skin covered mountain on our face. Adding to this, the dry skin on the breakout will absorb the product over time, only making matters worse.

To hide your nasty breakout, here are some things you will need:

  • Ice
  • Visine
  • Heavy moisturizer
  • cream/waxy concealer (my all time favorite is Mac Studio Finish pictured in this post)
  • brush
  • setting powder or powder foundation.

In order to conceal the pimple as best as possible, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Put ice on the pimple for about 10 minutes. This will help the pimple calm down, and will reduce inflammation, as well as redness. This will also help alleviate any pain associated with the breakout! Those cystic ones can be painful!
  2. Apply a drop or 2 of visine directly on the breakout. I personally use a Q-tip to do this, and let it soak into the skin. Visine is made to constrict the blood vessels in our eyes to reduce redness, and it has a similar effect on the skin. The visine helps reduce inflammation and redness.
  3. Apply a dollop of moisturizer on your pimple, and let that sit in a thick layer for about 10 minutes or longer. Let you skin absorb as much product as it likes. The thicker the moisturizer, the better. Our pimples are often flakey, and dry, which leads to the issues of our makeup looking cakey.
  4. Rub in moisturizer, and then dab off any excess.
  5. Use the brush to pick up some cream concealer, and apply directly on the pimple. Apply heavily, and let it sit on the skin for about a minute. This lets the product warm up and skin into the skin.
  6. After about a minute of sitting on your face, gently tap the concealer into the pimple. This helps blur any lines around the pimple and to ensure that the product is worked into the skin.
  7. Finally, set the concealer with a powder. Never use a brush when applying powder over a spot. If you use a brush, it will rub off a lot of the product. Instead, use a powder puff or sponge to gently press the powder into the skin where the concealer was placed. This will help lock in the concealer, and ensure that it doesn’t go anywhere throughout the day.

There you have it! If you follow my directions exactly, your pimple should have vanished before your eyes (well.. not quite that quick). I know this method takes some time, but you can do other things while you wait. Unfortunately, our skin can only work so fast, and this is the quickest routine I’ve found with the best results.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments! :)

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