They’re a horrible thing to wake up to, but the reality is that at some point we’re all going to have to deal with breakouts, spots, zits, pimples and blemishes. The reasons for spots are many and varied; it could be hormones, diet, stress or many other factors. It might start with a bump or a spot of redness, but when they do develop it’s important to have a strategy in place so their tenancy on your gorgeous face is short-lived. Here’s our guide to seeing them off as swiftly as possible.
Tempting though it may be to immediately reach for a concealer, the first thing you should do is treat the blemish as soon as it appears. It always pays to have a spot-fighting solution such as the Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Mask, in your bathroom cabinet. While you can use it all over, if you have a stubborn spot that’s taken root the morning of a big date, job interview or other such important occasion, you can always apply it with a cotton bud directly to the spot. Zinc absorbs all that pore-clogging dirt and liquorice treats the discoloration that can come with a flare-up.
Don’t be tempted to squeeze. Ignore the fact it might be satisfying, disregard the idea your skin will go back to normal more quickly- it won’t – and step away from the magnifying mirror. Squeezing could actually prolong how long the spot sticks around so sit on your hands if you can. If you can’t, we understand, so place a tissue over your spot and gently rub it. If nothing comes out, leave it and try again later. Don’t put two knuckles either side of it and push until it yields because you might make it worse and actually cause a lump.
Now’s the time when you can think about concealer, but find the right texture and shade is just as important as the coverage itself – get it wrong and you could actually draw attention to the blemish. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer with Quickie Blending Sponge gives full cover in a radiant finish so the effect is coverage that looks like real skin. If you have taken the time to conceal your spot, you certainly don’t want your make-up to shift, crease or slip so Laura Geller Creaseless Concealer is the perfect choice for concealer that’s in it for the long haul. If your breakout isn’t too noticeable, but you want to hide it completely then the water-rich formula of Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, is ideal for blurring away a blemish.
In the same way you choose your formulas carefully, it’s worth having some tools in your kit so you can conceal with confidence. IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush, has two ends that allow you brush on your product with the dense bristle end and buff lightly with the fluffier brush to achieve a seamless edge.
when all you need is a featherlight touch, Mally Cancellation Concealer System, comes with double-ended brush for on-the-spot touch-ups and precision coverage to smooth over a fine layer of concealer. If you prefer a powder concealer and love a mineral finish Bareminerals SPF20 Concealer and Blurring Buffer Brush, is the ideal duo.
Whatever formula you are using, it’s better to conceal with fine layers than expecting one heavy blot to do the job. If you’re using a cream, dab a small amount over your spot, dab with a thin layer of tissue and reapply until you get your desired finish.