Safe Ways To Cover Up A Skin Blemish

By Marisa Ramiccio. May 7th 2016

When you get a skin blemish, it usually appears at the most inopportune time, typically right before a job interview, the class picture or that first date. Even though you may not have perfect skin, you can make your skin look perfect. Whether you have zits, age spots or dark circles, a quick dab of makeup can cover them all and leave you looking flawless.

How to Choose Makeup

If you have a skin blemish on your face, the last thing you want to do is irritate or inflame that area even more. Although covering your skin blemish with makeup is your best bet, you want to make sure that you use makeup that won't turn your blemish into a scar.

When buying makeup, check the label for the words "noncomedogenic," "nonacnegenic," or "oil-free." Although the first two words may sound like a foreign language, they just mean that the makeup won't clog your pores. That can be especially important if you're trying to cover pimples or zits.

If acne or frequent breakouts is a problem for you, use sunscreen and moisturizers that are labeled noncomedogenic as well. Noncomedogenic products are readily available in makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta and in most drugstores.

How to Cover Your Blemish

Covering up a skin blemish is a fairly simple process. The key ingredient to a good blemish disguise is concealer. When choosing a concealer, make sure that it matches your skin tone. Otherwise, your blemish will stand out even more. You'll also want to pick a concealer that has a creamy texture because it will blend in better and leave you with a natural look. Here's what else you'll need to complete your skin blemish disguise:

  • Noncomedogenic moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Foundation brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Concealer
  • Translucent Powder

If you're looking to cover a pimple or other small blemish, follow these steps:

  1. Apply some noncomedogenic moisturizer to the area first. That way, the makeup won't stick to the blemish, which would make it more noticeable.
  2. Apply a small bit of foundation to the blemish.
  3. Apply a dab of concealer on top of the foundation.
  4. Blend the concealer in with your skin.
  5. Apply a bit of translucent powder on top of the concealer to lock the makeup in place.

If you want to cover dark circles or red splotches, here's how:

  1. Using the concealer brush, apply a bit of concealer to the dark areas under your eyes. You may need to use a yellow-based concealer if the area is very dark.
  2. Blend the concealer by tapping the area with your finger.
  3. Using a foundation brush, apply a bit of foundation by using the same tapping motion that you did with the concealer.

To cover up veins, age spots, beauty marks or broken capillaries, follow these steps:

  1. Apply concealer over the area with a concealer brush.
  2. Blend the concealer with your finger.
  3. Again, apply some foundation on top and tap over it with your foundation brush.

If you've been sunburnt and your face is now peeling, try to lay off of the makeup for a few days. The skin needs time to air out and regenerate new skin cells, and putting makeup on top of peeling skin can make it even more noticeable. Moisturize your face with aloe vera gel or lotion a few times a day to keep it soothed and healing.


Skin blemishes aren't unavoidable - everyone gets them at some point or another. But there are some other things you can do to decrease your chance of getting one, aside from using oil-free makeup. Here are some other preventative measures that will keep your skin free of flaws:

  • Whatever you do, don't pick. It can be tempting to pick or squeeze a pimple or itch a healing cut, but don't do it. If you pick at a blemish, it can leave a scar, which will last a lot longer than the original pesky skin blemish.
  • If your skin gets red and splotchy in the heat, or if you've noticed a dark spot or two on your skin, start lathering on the sunscreen. If you're taking acne medication, you may be more susceptible to sun burns, so you, too, will want to put on some sunscreen before heading outdoors.
  • Be careful when shaving any part of your body, particularly your face. Shave with a light hand to avoid nicks and cuts.
  • If your skin is sensitive, don't use harsh loofahs or pads to clean your face. Use a mild cleanser in the morning and after exercise and wash your face thoroughly after cleansing.

Having a skin blemish can be irritating, but it's a problem that can be easily fixed. With a quick dab of concealer and small tap of foundation, your blemish will be hidden and you'll be ready to face the world once more.


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