Covering Facial Blemishes with Makeup

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated November 20, 2015)

I hate waking up in the morning, going in the bathroom, and seeing this burgeoning blemish on your face. It's big and red and swollen and gross. Ew. My least favorite ones are the ones right on your lip line or the ones that get so swollen, hurt, and take forever to go away. How do you cover up those conspicuous blotches? It's a delicate business, covering facial blemishes and one that needs to be personalized to each individual.

The first thing you think of when covering up blemishes is concealer. It's more opaque and can usually cover up unsightly marks on your face. If you decide to use concealer buy it in a shade or two darker than your regular foundation and when you apply it, apply in small amounts. You don't need a lot to do the job and too much will more than likely look gross. Like with other forms of makeup, investing in a good concealer will reap better results than relying on a cheaper brand.

Depending on the brand of blemish treatment you use you might not want to use both the treatment and concealer at the same time. Some of my more effective treatments start peeling and look really gross if I put concealer on. One of the solutions to the incompatibility of concealer and spot treatment is those makeup sticks with a treatment one end and a concealer on the other. These products usually have a treatment that's conducive to the concealer, making it easier to treat and conceal at the same time.

Sometimes your blemishes become inflamed and even more red, making them even less attractive than before. This increased unattractiveness makes you want to conceal even more but alas when you conceal an irritated and inflamed blemish, it only fuels the fire. Much to our vanity's dismay, sometimes the best way to treat a bad blemish is to treat it with some more intense gel than to conceal it and the truth is that when you try to cover up a blemish so very conspicuous, it's looks even more gross than just the mark on its own. You need to make the judgment call as to when to stop concealing and work on treating. The signs that a blemish won't benefit with the use of concealer is if the blemish is broken and is seeping liquid, if it's so dry from other treatments that concealer just accents the dryness, or if the concealer actually highlights the redness rather than diminishing it.

Blemishes are one of the unfortunate realities of life, but fortunately there are ways to battle the blemishes that try to take over our complexion! With regular blemish treatment and a good concealer, you can easily beat the blemish!

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