Redness, a pimple... We all have to endure skin issues from time to time! However, skin imperfections can be annoying. Everyone wants to get rid of them as quickly as possible. What are the best ways to treat them and cover them up? Should you use more makeup or skip it altogether? Here are some tips on how to deal with unwanted surprises on your skin.
Treat blemishes before applying makeup
When a blemish appears, it is best to treat it before even thinking about covering it up. Start by thoroughly cleansing your skin. Then, add a treatment, such as salicylic acid, to heal the blemish. There are serums, patches and even some creams that can be used on the area. By treating these blemishes properly, the texture and swelling will diminish more quickly. We also recommend using oil-free makeup products: they will give your skin a chance to breathe and clear up faster.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to hide a blemish or red spot is to put on a thick layer of makeup all over your face—and not just the affected area. Putting too much foundation everywhere will make you look as though you are wearing a mask.
Before you even think of grabbing your foundation or tinted moisturizer, use concealer on the area that needs more coverage. Be sure to apply with a brush or finger, not directly with the applicator, because you may contaminate the product. Tap the concealer directly onto the pimple/redness until it is no longer visible. Make sure the product you are using is the same shade as your skin tone. If you use a lighter shade, you will only magnify the skin's imperfection. It is slightly more work, but the finish will be better and much more comfortable than layers and layers of makeup.
You can then move on to applying your foundation. Be sure to tap when applying your makeup, or you will undo the concealer’s coverage. Keep in mind that when you tap the product, you are pushing the pigment of the product into the skin, which will give you the desired coverage and effect. Finish with a thin layer of powder to increase the staying power of your makeup.
How to deal with stubborn skin imperfections
Sometimes, a pimple can pop up and take a long time to heal. For this kind of problem, you can use a makeup base that will even out the texture of the skin. This type of product will not only mattify your skin but also prepare it for the products that will be applied over it. A base will also improve your makeup’s staying power. Next, apply a mint-green concealer under your concealer. The green colour of this product will neutralize the red of the blemish. Once again, it is important to apply the product only to the affected area with a patting motion.
Don't forget to remove your makeup and clean your face
Many will say that it is better not to wear makeup when a skin imperfection flares up. However, it is not always easy to choose this option when you have to leave the house to work, go shopping, etc. It is, therefore, very important to remove makeup after a long day and cleanse your skin. It's really a two-step process; a makeup remover alone will not clean your skin, even if it claims to be a 2-in-1 product. Take the time to remove your makeup, wash your skin, and finish with a moisturizer or other treatment. Your skin will thank you for it.
Above all, be patient! Carry out your skincare routine using the suggested makeup techniques mentioned in this article. Your redness and imperfections will go unnoticed. Skin imperfections can sometimes weigh heavily on your self-confidence. But tell yourself that you probably notice them more than everyone else, and with our tips, you are now better equipped to conceal them!
By Jean-François Casselman-Dupont in collaboration with Familiprix.