Lately I’ve been getting different kinds of breakouts — from small zits to big cystic acne — and after a lot of trial and error I came up with a system of different ways to conceal different types of breakouts. Here is how I conceal my blemishes with a combination of green concealer, cream concealer, mineral concealer, and mineral foundation.
When I took these pictures I had an active pimple (A), scars (S), and pink bumps (B) on my cheek. The active pimple was bumpy, but the scars were flat.
For active pimples I like to use a green concealer first, since my pimples tend to be very red, and using a cream concealer alone doesn’t cover up the redness. Here I’m using Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer in Cover Green ($6).
I use a concealer brush to apply cream concealer over the scars, only on the discoloration. Using a small concealer brush makes the application very precise, which is important here because we only want to conceal the discoloration and not the skin around it. Here I’m using Laura Mercier Secret Camoulage/Secret Concealer in SC-2 and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush ($26).
Then we apply the same cream concealer over the green concealer on the active pimple. The green covers the redness, and the cream concealer covers the actual pimple.
The next step is to set the concealer with powder, which ensures that the concealer stays on all day. For this I’m using the Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush ($6) and bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Concealer in Bisque ($18). The bareMinerals Multi-Tasking Concealer is very pigmented, and applying it with a soft blending brush ensures that we don’t apply too much.
Next, we proceed to apply mineral foundation all over the face. The pink bumps don’t need to be concealed first because mineral foundation already has enough coverage. To apply mineral foundation we use the “press and roll” method for heavier coverage over the blemished areas. For other areas on the face, simply buff and swirl the foundation all over.
And that’s it! The bumps are still there, but they’re the same color as the rest of the skin. Now we can proceed to apply our bronzer/blush and eye makeup.