We've all been there: It's the day of a big event, a first date, or any specifically momentous day, and you've got a huge blemish grinning devilishly back at you in the mirror. Even celebrities aren't exempt from the horror that is a timely breakout (or any breakout, for that matter). Yes, even the most beloved actresses, singers, and models get a nasty, protruding breakout from time to time (celebrities—they're just like us). Especially when a blemish rears its ugly head the day of a red carpet event, they'll need their makeup artists to be armed and ready to cover and conceal their new "friend" like it never existed in the first place. Assuming that Hollywood's cosmetic masters know a thing or two about conducting a bit of makeup sorcery to ixnay a breakout, we elicited the help of some seasoned pros to figure out how to hide a pimple like it never happened in the first place. Keep scrolling to read their tips!
Of course, the best course of action with a breakout is to treat it, but when you're in a pinch and don't have time for it to heal, hiding it will do the trick. Says Sonia Kashuk, "The first step in properly concealing blemishes is hydrating the skin. While it may seem counterintuitive because most acne-prone skin is oily, making sure your skin is properly moisturized will actually help to balance out the oil production throughout the day. Plus, most acne medications are drying, so if there is any flaking around a blemish, it will only call more attention to it once you apply makeup. Just make sure you choose an oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores."
Don't tap on your concealer, powder, or foundation with your fingers as this can transfer germs to your already bacteria-infested blemish. Instead, use a sanitized concealer brush to apply your products to your pimple (germy hands or brushes may be why you got the breakout in the first place!).
Celebrity makeup artist and Blushington artist Rocio Matos says that while your first instinct when applying makeup to a blemish may be to pack it on, you should take a much lighter, more sheer approach: "Packing on concealer and foundation will only dry out the blemish and make it appear even more noticeable." She suggests starting with a green concealer to cancel out the redness of a fresh blemish, but if it's an older breakout that's darker, try a peach or orange concealer.
The next step is to cover the color-correcting concealer with a light layer of either your foundation or a concealer that matches your skin exactly: "Make sure not to overdo it because it will make the pimple even more visible," says Matos. Kashuk then suggests applying your foundation to "bring the skin to one color and texture." Afterward, you can set your entire makeup look with a light, airy brush and translucent powder to keep your conceal job intact.
Finally, Matos says that if the blemish is too large to completely conceal, you can always divert the eye's attention: "Play up a different part of your face—focus on a sultry smokey eye or go with a bold lip. Doing this will detract attention from the blemish and make other features more noticeable." Kashuk also suggests adding a bit of dimension and warmth amidst the cover-up with a light dusting of Chic Luminosity Bronzer ($13). However, throughout the entire routine, remember to choose products that are light, oil-free, and non-comedogenic so as not to exacerbate the current breakout or cause new ones.
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