I remember my first pimple. I was in seventh grade, and just like in a YA novel, I woke up on picture day with a blemish right on my nose. I almost had to laugh: A pimple on picture day? I couldn't be that unlucky. But I was, and now that pimple will live in infamy in the West Middle School yearbook.
That morning, I reached for my mom's foundation—which was way too dark for my own skin tone—to try and hide it, but there was no disguising this Rudolph moment. Concealer wasn't quite a thing yet, so I was left with whatever I could sneak out of my mom's makeup drawer. If only I had a quick fix to make the situation a little less painful (emotionally and physically).
Then today, at a lunch with Tria for a top-secret new product (that you all are going to completely freak out over… more on that to come), I was given an amazing piece of pimple-hiding advice that I wish my seventh-grade self had known. Daniel Martin, makeup artist to celebs like Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo, told me that his genius secret weapon for covering up a pimple pre-makeup application is actually an eye product. The heavy artillery in question? Nyx's Proof It Eyeshadow Primer ($7).
"It's like glue," Martin tells us, almost in disbelief himself that such an affordable product can virtually disguise any breakout underneath foundation. Even if the skin is broken, it'll still seal it up, and no one will be the wiser. The primer has a paste-like consistency that completely covers a breakout, smoothing out the area to hide the pimple's peaks and valleys. (Just be sure to take care of the area, clean it well, and treat it every night so as not to make matters worse). So next time we're plagued with a big shiner right before an event (or, ahem, getting our picture taken), we know what to do.
Want more affordable acne tips? Check out this broke girl's guide to treating blemishes.