How to Hide a Zit
You may have a breakout, but you're the only one who has to know. The best way to cover a pimple
is to dab concealer right on top of it. Use a cotton swab or a clean cosmetics brush -- touching your face with dirty fingers
might be how you got
the blemish! Let it dry a bit; then smooth out the sides with a Q-tip or makeup sponge. Don't
rub the area -- it will only get more irritated and red. The less makeup you use, the better. You don't want a cakey, obvious
Once the concealer is dry, set with loose powder and fluffy brush. Pressed powder (like in a compact) may rub
off your flawless cover-up job, plus an old puff tends to contain more bacteria. If you'd like to apply foundation to even
out your skin tone, choose a shade with a yellow base (yellow reduces redness), rather than a pink undertone.
pimples in the future, wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser and follow up with toner and moisturizer. Constant
use of harsh cleansers (like oil-free acne washes) can irritate aggravated skin even more. Your skin can become dry and stripped,
and produce more oils to compensate. And nobody wants that! Be good to your skin and it will be good to you.
Make up Ideas
Foundation is the first, most important step to achieving a beautiful, healthy face. It protects
your face from environmental pollutants. Depending on which foundation you choose, it can moisturize, treat blemishes, absorb
excess oil, and even provide protection from harmful UV rays. Choosing and applying the correct foundation for your skin is
vital to sustaining a youthful, glowing appearance.
Choosing the Right Foundation
When choosing foundation, keep several things in mind: your skin type, skin problems, and coverage requirements.
If you have oily skin, choose foundation that will help reduce shine; if you have dry skin, choose foundation with a moisturizer
to keep your face looking fresh all day. If you have skin problems like acne, you will want to choose a foundation that contains
salicylic acid or other medications that will treat your skin as well as provide coverage. If your skin is very blotchy, darkly
freckled or scarred, you will want to choose a foundation that is thicker and provides maximum coverage.
decided on the type of foundation you need, you will want to test it. When testing foundation, allow it to set for at least
a minute; the chemistry and heat of your body may change the color of the foundation. Test the foundation on the inside of
your forearm or on the bottom of your jaw close to your ear to make sure it matches. Foundation should match your face and
neck, so you may need to compromise and use a shade in between.
Now that you've
found a foundation that matches your face and neck and meets all of your skin's requirements, you'll want to perfect the application.
Always apply foundation to a clean, moisturized face. Moisturizer will prevent streaking and keep foundation from creasing
if your skin is dry. You may use your fingertips or a clean sponge to apply foundation. If you need coverage over your entire
face, pull your hair back and make sure that foundation is blended into neck, jaw line, hair line and area between face and
ears (if foundation gets into hair, remove with a moistened washcloth). Most people will only need coverage in a few areas;
in this case, apply foundation to specific areas and blend well. When foundation is blended, brush your entire face lightly
with powder and remove excess with a large makeup brush. This will set your foundation and prepares it for the application
of blush, eye shadow, and other make up.
Lengthen the Life of Your Foundation
Create a sheer, healthy glow and mix
a drop of foundation with your moisturizer. You'll use less foundation and give your skin that extra moisture it's craving.
Apply concealer with high levels of pigment to the scarred area with an eyeliner brush on top of your foundation.
Set the foundation and concealer with a dusting of powder.
Apply concealer with an eyeliner
brush to cover red areas. Moderation is the key; if you cake on concealer, it will accentuate the blemish and make it more
noticeable. Set concealer with loose powder applied to a cotton ball-even the softest of brushes will remove all of your hard
If you'd like to draw attention away from your mole, use a brighter lipstick or blush, and
make sure that your foundation and powder are lightly applied to the area with the mole. To make moles more dramatic, darken
existing moles with an eyebrow pencil.
Make sure that your moisturizer and/or foundation has
an SPF of at least 15; this will prevent future freckles. Apply moisturizer and foundation every day. Unless your freckles
are very prominent, a sheer foundation will look most natural and lessen the appearance of freckles.