So you've woken up on the morning before that hot date and *shock* *horror* there's a massive spot on your face. With an eruption the size of mount Etna it's easy to go into meltdown, board yourself up in your room and not leave until the spot has gone. Or you could stay calm and read my tips on how to cover up blemishes.
Reduce the swelling
Spots often looks so bad because the skin around the blemish is sore, red and inflamed. Often the first thing you'll do when you see a spot is to pick it, and that's probably the worst thing you could do. The first thing you'll need to do is reduce this inflammation so you'll only have the head to contend with. Glycolic acid is perfect as it exfoliates the skin and removes any dead skin cells. Tea tree oil is also great to use as its penetrates the skin unblocking the glands, disinfecting pores and drying out whiteheads and blackheads.
- Top tip - you may want to use ice to further reduce the inflammation.
Use the appropriate coverage
When choosing a foundation avoid products that promise a dewy glow or satin finish as this will only bring attention to your spots. Opt for a foundation that is designed to treat skin whilst covering up any blemishes. Examples include Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation (pore refining effect) or Clinique Pores Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup (minimises the appearance of pores without clogging).
Yellow coloured concealers are best for acne
Yellow concealers are great for toning down the redness you get with acne or most spots. Avoid using your fingers as the oil may irritate your blemishes and make them worse.
Try Benefit Lemon Aid concealer (£16.50 at Boots)
Set your makeup with powder
Once you've finished your makeup use a powder to set your makeup and remove any remaining oil. Use a powder that matches your skin tone and avoid applying more than one layer as it can start to get cakey.
Take your makeup with you
Makeup has a nasty habit of fading as the day goes on. To keep your look intact take your makeup with you and touch it up on a break or lunchtime.