Acne Coverage Foundation Routine
Make That Acne Scab Magically Disappear In 5 Simple Steps
Literally every dermatologist ever says you shouldn't pop your zits. But...we're all human, and sometimes, the urge to give that sucker a good squeeze takes over every other instinct. (It happens, don't @ me).
But the other thing that happens post-pimple pop: scabs. They're your skin's natural way of healing itself. They're also not exactly the prettiest thing to look at.
Enter Marianna Hewitt, founder of skin care brand, Summer Fridays, and Dominique Lerma, MODA Brush Expert—two pro makeup artists who are here to show you exactly how to cover up any scab in just five easy steps:
Step 1: Clean and moisturize your skin like normal.
One of the most important things you can do for your scab concealing process actually begins before picking up a single makeup product. After cleansing, Lerma recommends applying a hefty amount of your fav moisturizer over the scab to hydrate it to the core and help it look less dry and cracked.
“Whatever you do, don’t pick it off," says Hewitt. "You really want to resist the urge so that you don’t end up with a dark spot."
Step 2: Prime the scab (along with the rest of your face).
Don't skip this step. “A thin application of primer helps all other makeup glide on flawlessly by filling in any fine lines and rigidness from the scab,” Lerma says. Her go-to: Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector.
Step 3: Conceal your scab.
“Using the pointed end of a Beauty Blender, lightly tap concealer to cover the scab,” Hewitt says. Liquid or cream is best—Hewitt says that powder will make the scab look drier and way more noticeable.
If your scab also happens to be super red, first cover it with a green color-correcting concealer (like BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector). Trust—the green actually cancels out the angry red color underneath. (Just remember what Jonathan said onQueer Eye: When it comes to green concealer, less is more!) Then top with your regular flesh-colored concealer per usual.
Step 4: Apply foundation.
Just like if you were covering up any other blemish, apply foundation after your concealer (not before!) to smooth things out. She recommends using a full-coverage foundation (she likes Too Faced Cosmetics Born This Way Foundation) rather than a more sheer option to make sure that the scab is well and truly hidden.
And since you've already used concealer, there's no reason to go overboard with your foundation. The last thing you want is for it to cake up over your scab, drawing even more attention to it. Lerma uses about a pump and a half of foundation and applies with a brush to make things really even.
Step 5: Conceal some more.
If you find that your scab is still peeking through ever so slightly, take Lerma’s word and use a precision concealer brush to apply a little extra hydrating concealer—she likes the Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer–to get the job done.
And voilà! No one will ever know the difference.
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