Pimples? Ugh! Who needs them - not us! Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that breakouts do happen, and usually at the worst of times. It’s not all bad news though. Whether your porcelain skin is marred by the occasional whitehead, or you have sensitive skin that’s prone to acne, we have a pimple-pimple-concealing solution for you.
General zit-busting tips
- Always start with clean skin before applying makeup.
- Moisturiser is essential, even for oily skin, but use an oil-free product.
- To avoid spreading bacteria, keep your makeup brushes clean.
- Squeezing a pimple will only make it worse
- Don’t cake on heavy makeup – instead, use a light, breathable foundation, tinted moisturiser or a dusting of powder.
Concealing a whitehead
You need a thick consistency to hide a whitehead, so choose a concealer that comes in a jar (tube and wand concealers are generally too liquid). We recommend NYX Professional Makeup Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer, formulated for long-lasting coverage. Use a small brush (try out the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Spot Concealer Brush) to apply concealer to the whitehead and the red area around it. Be careful not to cover any unblemished skin - this will make your pimple look more obvious. Set the concealer with powder foundation.
Concealing very oily skin
Maybe you have just a few small pimples, but the skin on your forehead and nose is extremely oily and shiny. Use a mattifying makeup product such as Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder. This pressed powder has Perlite Mineral technology to absorb excess oil, for extra-long-lasting shine control.
Concealing red, inflamed acne
Acne tends to be very dry, especially if you’re on medication, so make sure you use moisturiser and choose a fluid concealer. If your acne is very red, apply green concealer to neutralise your skin tone before applying foundation and powder. We love NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand because it has superb coverage but doesn’t cake or dry out the skin. It’s available in a wide variety of shades, including colour-correcting green.
Blackheads are stubborn. Because they are dark, it’s hard to cover them up with concealer - plus, they also make your pores look enlarged. The trick is to hide them with thin layers of makeup. Apply a light layer of fluid concealer, then foundation, then more concealer. Blending with your fingers will rub the concealer off – instead, apply it with a makeup sponge. Finish with Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder - excellent for minimising large pores.