How to cover blemishes

While few of us are blessed with flawless skin, blemishes can really affect our confidence levels. Remember, we usually notice our own blemishes far more than anyone else - so don't let a few spots get you down! Follow these steps to cover blemishes and you'll soon forget all about those pesky imperfections.

How to cover blemishes

1. Choose a good concealer

A good concealer is your beat weapon for concealing blemishes. A solid concealer stick gives most cover but requires more blending, while a liquid concealer is easier to blend but offers less coverage. Whichever one you choose, make sure that it's a good match for your skintone. Apply a little to your jawline in natural light and check how well it blends.

2. Apply base first

Start by applying a foundation or tinted moisturiser. If you have lots of spots, it's usually best to go for a light foundation (or none at all) as too much foundation and concealer will give you a caked look. The best way to apply a base is simply to blend dots in the centre of your face our towards your neck and hairline, using your fingers in a light, sweeping motion.

3. Decide how much you need

Once you've applied the base, look carefully at the blemish to decide how much concealer you require. If the blemish is raised but not visibly red, don't add any concealer - it won't cover the bump. If the blemish is small, like blackheads or large pores, a sweep of translucent powder may be enough to cover it.

If there is any redness or discolouration, you'll need to apply concealer to cover the blemishes. Dot the concealer directly in the centre of the blemish, then use a damp cotton bud to blend the concealer outwards. Add more concealer - a little at a time - if needed. Finally, sweep some powder over the blemish to finish.

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