How to Cover Up a Pimple


A bothersome blemish can mar your otherwise flawless complexion, but creative cosmetics can help you hide that pimple as it heals. Several products in your makeup kit can help you minimize the redness and swelling of that zit, which might feel like a blinking red light on your forehead. You don't have to go undercover when you have a blemish. Instead, you just have to conceal that irksome flaw.

Concealing Cosmetics

Concealer is your best weapon in the fight against blemishes. However, the key to successfully masking that blemish is choosing a concealer style that is designed especially for this flaw.

Liquid concealers are your best choice for hiding blemishes. These formulas are lightweight enough that they don't cake onto your skin, so they provide natural coverage of any zits.


  • Choose a liquid concealer that matches your skin tone. While you might want to go a shade or two lighter for undereye concealer, your blemish concealer must match. Otherwise, it will draw attention to your pimple instead of hiding it.

Color-Correcting Concealer

If a standard liquid concealer cannot effectively mask the pimple, try a green color-correcting concealer. The green tint in this product can minimize redness associated with blemishes.


  • Always wear color-correcting concealers under your foundation to reduce the visibility of the green tint.

Flawless Foundation

Lightweight, liquid foundations provide another layer of coverage, helping you hide the pimple. Find a foundation color that matches your skin tone by testing the product on your jawline in bright, natural light. The right tone of foundation can create a natural look that masks any red blemishes.

Putting It All Together

Combining concealer with foundation and powder can help you create a flawless complexion even when a pimple pops up.

Step 1: Apply foundation.

Add a dab of liquid foundation to the middle of your face, focusing application on your T-zone. Swipe the foundation out using your finger or a makeup sponge until your complexion is covered.

Step 2: Add concealer.

Use a clean index finger, concealer brush or concealer sponge to dab your concealer of choice onto the center of the blemish. Gently brush the concealer out from the center to ensure the entire pimple is covered.


  • Press gently when applying concealer, but don't rub. Rubbing concealer into the blemish can increase redness, rather than minimize it.

Step 3: Finish with powder.

Dip a concealer brush in translucent, loose powder. Dab this powder onto your blemish to minimize shine and redness.


  • Blackheads, marked by oil and dead skin cells trapped in the pores, can be difficult to hide. Add a pore-refining primer to your cosmetic routine to promote full coverage and healing. Then, layer a full-coverage foundation, followed by concealer and powder, to ensure the blackhead is well concealed.

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