Concealer: Best Ways To Cover Up A Breakout

Unfortunately, even for adults, breakouts happen. While you can try to avoid them by watching your sugar intake, keeping stress levels low, cleaning your mask to avoid the inevitable maskne, and following a regular skincare routine, sometimes a pesky pimple just crops up. 

So we’ll start with the cardinal rule: never, ever pop that zit. No matter how frustrating the pimple is, do not touch it. Sure, it might seem like a good idea, but you don’t want to put your makeup over an open wound, and popping zits can lead to scarring and, believe it or not, even more pimples.

So what is one to do with these little nuisances? Cover them up with a good quality concealer, of course! 

Concealer is, without a doubt, one of the best-kept secrets in the beauty industry. Have bags under your eyes? Concealers can help. Dark spots or pigmentation? Dab on concealer. Wake up to a less-than-flattering zit on your chin? Concealer’s got your back! A good quality concealer can work wonders to help smooth out your complexion and hide imperfections like the notorious maskne we’re all experiencing this year with the ongoing pandemic

Pimples can be incredibly inconvenient, but thankfully, concealer can help. Here are the best ways to cover up a breakout:

It All Starts With Moisturizing

We know it sounds a little illogical, but you really need to make sure that the skin on and around your zit is properly prepped and moisturized. Lots of acne treatments will leave your skin thirsty and dried out, which can not only make covering up your zit much more of a difficult task, but it can actually make the pimple stick around longer or even scar your skin.

After washing your face, use a fragrance-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer that will help you achieve smoother, softer, glowing skin. For those of you not too familiar with beauty lingo, ‘non-comedogenic’ refers to products that are likely to help us avoid skin pore blockages and other unwelcome signs of acne. So with that in mind, it’s easy to see why non-comedogenic products are of the utmost importance when looking to kick acne to the curb.  

Pro Tip: The best way to apply your moisturizer is to use a gentle hand, making sure you are always lifting the skin and never dragging it down. In simpler terms, massage your moisturizer into your skin using an upward motion rather than a downward motion. 

Prime The Heck Out Of Your Skin

A gripping primer will instantly lock your makeup in place, so you don’t have to worry about concealer slipping off of a problem area, revealing that annoying blemish you spent all morning trying to hide. There are a ton of different products on the market, but we absolutely love Milani’s Rose Lotion Primer because it’s infused with rose oil, rose stem cells, and hyaluronic acid for smooth foundation application, softening the look of fine lines, pores, and flaws. This will help to make sure that all your hard work in covering up that zit won’t fade off within a couple of hours.  

Bring In The Green

If you don’t think concealer alone will cut it when it comes to mastering how to cover a pimple or blackhead, we feel you. That’s why color-correcting concealers exist—or at least one reason it does! Sure, it might sound a little strange, but believe it or not, you can use a green-toned color corrector to neutralize some of the redness around your pimple. 

The idea behind color-correcting concealer is to use hues that sit opposite one another on the color wheel to mask imperfections. So if you happen to have an angry-looking, red pimple, reach for a green concealer. If you’re struggling with relentless blackheads, grab a yellow-toned concealer. 

A little goes a long way because you still want to be able to cover the green tint with your concealer, so start off slow and build up as needed. 

Pro Tip: To minimize how much you have to touch your face—which can ultimately encourage breakouts—blend out your color corrector with a makeup blender. Our fingers tend to carry quite a bit of bacteria on them, which can quickly clog pores, causing acne when we touch our face. So anytime you’re in a battle with a pesky zit, use a clean beauty sponge or brush—never your fingers.   

Build Up Your Foundation

If you’re not a full-face makeup kind of gal, you may end up skipping this step, but trust us when we say it will make the cover-up process a whole lot easier.

Once your finished concealing, reach for a medium to full coverage foundation and gently apply it all over your face. Remember, avoid using your fingers and opt for a blending sponge or beauty brush. There are a ton of different products on the market, but we just can’t get enough of this Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation And Concealer duo that effortlessly combats under-eye circles, unwanted redness, and most importantly, acne. Additionally, this should give you a great base to work on for complexion perfection that goes hard all day, every day. 

Pro Tip: When applying your foundation, it’s important to use a stippling motion, which basically just means gently tapping it into your skin. Avoid any rubbing or wiping motions because that will only push your foundation around and cause streaks. 

Conceal Away

Now’s the time to break out your trusty concealer! Unlike when you’re using concealer to highlight under your eyes or the bridge of your nose, you want to make sure this matches your foundation shade perfectly. One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make is choosing a concealer that is the wrong color for their breakout. If the color is too light or dark and your pimple has a raised texture, you’ll find that it won’t blend into your skin evenly. 

Stick with a glamorously creamy formula like the Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer in your shade and dot it directly onto the zit without getting too much in the surrounding area. Your goal is just to cover the exact area where there’s discoloration. 

Powder To The Rescue

Once you’ve applied your foundation and concealed the pimple on your face, you’ll want to use a great setting powder to keep all your hard work in place. Use a small, fluffy brush and dab a small amount directly onto the zit. If you’re wearing a dewy finish, feel free to skip this step.

Some powders can look a little cakey, so we can’t stress the importance enough of finding a high-quality, fine powder, like the Make It Last Setting Powder. This ultra-fine, loose translucent powder seals in makeup and extends wear for statement-making glamour. With light-reflecting pigments that diffuse fine lines and smooth imperfections, this setting powder is perfect for a stylish soft-focus effect.  

Lock It In With Setting Spray

This step is especially important when you’re going for a dewy look because you may not have used powder to keep your concealer in place. After waiting a few minutes for all of your makeup to dry and set itself, use a setting spray like the Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set to lock it all in. This will keep all your makeup from slipping, but more importantly, it will hold that concealer right where it needs to be—on that pesky pimple.

Pro Tip: Always shake the bottle prior to using your setting spray to make sure it goes on evenly without dripping or causing splotches. 

Head Out The Door

Your frustrating pimple is covered, your makeup is set and flawless, so it’s time to head out to take on your day! While the best cure for zits is prevention, sometimes they’ll appear anyway. But there’s no need to panic. With a little bit of makeup, a dash of powder, a spritz of setting spray, and Milani Cosmetics on your side, that pesky pimple will disappear in no time. 


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