• Thu, Mar 6 - 12:15 pm ET

How To Cover A Pimple Without Looking Like A Concealer Cake Monster

How to cover up a zit cover

For most of life’s problems, covering things up is an ineffective coping technique. However, this morning, I woke up with a sore blemish in the middle of my eyebrows, and I want it gone. It is, in fact, in exactly the spot I have been most self-conscious of lately because I’ve noticed those “angry elevens” developing, which is always a fun discovery. I also found a smattering of redness on my left cheek, so that was great, too.

I do not tend to get a lot of blemishes (I am more prone to extreme dryness and flaking, which I realize is much less stressful so I am by no means comparing the two), but when I do, I do my best to conceal them. The danger of covering up zits is that too much makeup can lead to looking like a foundation cake monster–and it can cause more blemishes, so the miserable cycle will begin again. Today, I will be concealing a small blemish and ensuring it doesn’t get gloppy.

0. Wash your face and moisturize as usual. Look at your target. Stare it in its weird little nucleus (yes I know that every blemish has like a million of those). Is it staring back? Gross.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

1. Apply a primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Use a small concealer brush to apply a concealer like Urban Decay‘s that matches your skin exactly. Tap it lightly on the blemish, then twist a little to ensure the concealer reaches all over the blemish’s round surface.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

2. Now, using either your finger or a blending sponge, dot around the blemish to blend the concealer into the surround skin. I did the same on my cheek, too.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

3. Apply foundation to the rest of your face as needed. For the rest of my face, I used LORAC POREfection Foundation.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

4. Take a kabuki brush, swirl it into pressed translucent powder like Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Pressed Powder, tap it on the side of a table to remove excess, then swirl it all over your face. This will keep it from budging and give it a finished, airbrushed look.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

5. Some people will tell you that if you have a blemish, even if you cover it up, you should avoid wearing any sort of red lipstick. I personally like to distract from whatever I’m not digging on my face that day, so I popped on a bit of Illamasqua Lipstick in Maneater because I feel like eating men today. It’s a gorgeous red that won’t overpower your face, but does give a solid focus to the look. For the rest of my face, I used Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy DreamIllamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss, and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara.

Check out our tutorial on how to conceal a blemish with makeup!

And then put on your favorite shirt, because you’ll be happier that way. In my case, that is this Grumpy Cat shirt I got from ThinkGeek.

Grumpy cat shirt Samantha Escobar

From Our Partners

Share This Post:
  • Lindsey Conklin

    gorgeous!!! and HAHA love the grumpy cat shirt…so grumpy.

  • Katie

    Weird question…do you have black lipliner on? Or is something off on my computer….but excellent tutorial overall.

    • Valerie

      No, I see it too!

    • Samantha Escobar

      I don’t, but for some weird reason, my cell phone ALWAYS makes red lipstick look like that if I take photos in sunshine. I have no f’ing clue why!

      Also, thanks :D

    • Katrina

      I 100% thought that you did that intentionally and that it was pretty cool because it made you look like a cartoon. Gourgeous either way

  • Inkygrl

    Looks good. The fave shirt is key! If you love what you’re wearing everything seems better.

  • Crayzcheshire

    Love it! I never heard about not wearing dramatic lipstick, but you’re absolutely right! If I didn’t know this was a pimple-concealing tutorial I would have never noticed it! ;)