One of my best friends requested that I write a post about concealing zits, since unfortunately this is a beauty issue most of us face from time to time.
Depending on whether you use a powder or liquid/cream foundation formula, you will change the order of these steps slightly. If you use a powder foundation (i.e.: mineral foundation), you will conceal prior to applying foundation. If you use a liquid or cream foundation formula, you will conceal after you apply the foundation.
You will need four products aside from your favorite foundation: a small, pointed makeup brush (like this one), a small blending brush, a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone, and a loose powder. I personally use Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Light 2 and Mineral Veil (original). If you have spots that are very red, you may also want to use a green color corrector prior to the concealer, which will neutralize the redness.
1. Dip the brush into the concealer. You only need a little bit of the product on the very tip of the bristles (no need to waste product!). Apply directly to the zit using a stippling motion, making sure not to conceal the area around it.
2. Using your finger, lightly tap over the concealed spot. This helps to press the product into the skin (so it does not look as if it is sitting on top of the skin) and will give the most natural look.
3. Using a small blender brush, apply the loose powder directly to the concealed spot to help set it. Use a delicate touch so you do not uncover the concealer you just applied.
4. Repeat as necessary for additional zits/red spots.
There you have it- pretty simple. The most important thing to remember is that makeup will only help conceal the redness or discoloration; it will NOT change the texture of the skin (i.e.: erase bumps/inflammation). To help zits heal quickly, do not pick and use your favorite spot treatment daily. You may want to try hydrocortisone cream, which I find helps speed the healing process. I also rub an ice cube over the inflamed area to help reduce the swelling (for those painful cystic acne spots).