10.02.2012

How To: Hide a Pimple (Using Drugstore Products!)

Zit happens. And if you'd like to hide yours, here's how:

T O O L S:
  • Pimple treatment
  • green corrector (optional)
  • Small, pointed brush
  • foundation that matches your skin tone
  • large, fluufy shadow brush
  • translucent powder
M E T H O D:
  • Begin with a clean face. Use whatever pimple treatment you'd like on the zit. I used the Clean and Clear Persa-gel. Since I am covering my zit with makeup, I wanted to treat it first. 
Dear Internets, meet my zit.. And embarrassment.
  • If you have a lot of redness, use a green corrector (I like stick or creamy formula best) to help tone down the redness. Take a teeny tiny amount and dab it on the red areas. Pat it in to blend. Try the Cover Stick version from Maybelline--it's under $5. Most of us will not need to use this step. I didn't use it here and it's completely optional.
  • This next tip is VERY important. DON'T USE CONCEALER. Concealer is generally a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. Why would you use this to cover a pimple? All it does is make your zit that more obvious, like a bullseye. And many concealers are too thick, causing a cakey look. Don't use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer because we want coverage.
  • Instead, use your regular foundation that matches your skin tone. I really like Revlon ColorStay (especially the Whipped version). 
  • Take a small, pointed brush, like this one from Sonia Kashuk (Target) and get the tiniest amount of foundation--like half of what you think you need. There should barely be any product at all on the tip of the brush. 
  • Dot the foundation on the zit. Pat it in with your finger to blend. If the zit is still showing, take the same brush, using the remaining product, and repeat the process.
  • Once you are covered, take the large, fluffy shadow brush, like this one, and dust a tiny amount of powder onto the area. That's it!

T I P S:
  • While I showed a zit here, I've used this same technique to hide beauty and birth marks.
  • Once again, use the tiniest amount to cover. It's easier to add than to take away product. This will avoid the cakey look.
  • Match your foundation to your skin tone.
  • If all else fails, use what I learned from Naomi Campbell via House of Style (because I learned EVERYTHING from that show as a teen): Take a brown eyeliner pencil and turn that zit into a beauty mark.
before/after=frown/smile


PS: Check out my How to Hide a Tattoo tutorial!


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64 comments:

  1. I've always made that mistake with a concealer. I guess never again. :)

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  2. well done - concealed! mission accomplished
    Xo Megan

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  3. Ummm... perfect! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Great post!
    xo, Christina

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  5. That Naomi technique is too funny:P And I do agree with the use of green corrector. Works miracles:)

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  6. I did that with my whole head and now I can't see myself.

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  7. I needed this tutorial, in a bad way :)

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  8. I can totally account for the green color neutralizing the red of the pimple. At first I didn't believe it, but once I tried it I was amazed :) :)

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  9. Green corrector: this is the stuff I come to you for.

    Any tips on how to keep my bobby pins in my hair? They keep falling out. Too small? Wavy side up? Not enough?

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  10. I use concealer too, a solid form, and it works ok.. hmm..

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  11. Thanks for the tips! And turning a zit to a beauty mark is always a fail-proof way to go ;) I hope you're having a great week!

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  12. this is brilliant! i really just don't bother hiding it much at work anymore because it usually clogs it worse :(

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  13. I use drugstore toothpaste (Ultrabrite) to help my pimples go away. If you put a dab of toothpaste on overnight, it shrinks them right up.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  14. Good advice. Acne has been the bane of my life for decades.

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  15. awesome tips! I read your blog all the time, no idea why i wasnt a "follower" yet. Fixed that just now :)
    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  16. wonderful post! i really love that tip from naomi campbell. simple but smart.

    xoxo
    lilly

    http://lostinseptember.blogspot.de/

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  17. Wow your posts are so amazing and this one really inspires me! Keep up the good work girl, and stop by to see my new post!

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  18. That's what I usually do! HaHaHa Great Elle!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  19. Awesome! Unfortunately I can use these tips this week! Thanks!

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  20. I need to invest of some brushes. I think that combined with all your tips should result in a much prettier make up application for me :)

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  21. Nice. I've been using the Burts Bees Blemish Stick for years and it gets rid of the darn thing either 1 or 2 days after. Sucks that crap right up! Love it!

    kristen
    www.beholdthemetatron.com

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  22. great tip! really useful, thanks :)

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  23. Great post! Love your blog! Thanks for your lovely comment dear! following you now! Hope you follow me back. Xx

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  24. Aw wow, I barely noticed any spot, great coverage! these tips are really helpful

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  25. That's a really great tip! I bet a lot of readers will appreciate it.

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  26. I notice my son uses blue toothpaste - I should refer him to this. I'm 50 and I still get pimples - not fair!

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  27. Great coverage! I'll try this next time I have a pimple.

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  28. Wow that worked perfectly! I need this, so broken out at the moment!
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  29. I will confess I've done that beauty mark trick more times than I can even count.
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  30. great post! so helpful!! thanks so much for your sweet comment and for following!! im following you back :)

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  31. wow- you basically airbrushed it!!! I always have some type of stupid blemish around my mouth and I cover them up but you can always kind of see it- I want to try this.

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  32. That is CRAZY. I can't even see the pimple anymore no matter how hard I look...this is like magic! Thanks for the tip, totally gonna try this one out.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  33. Considering my skin thinks I'm still 15, I totally need this =-/

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  34. This is something every girl needs in her library beauty know-how. ;)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  35. Oh interesting point about concealer. I tend to use my lighter concealer to help off set the shadows or use a powder like green to offset the red :)

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  36. WOW!! Amazing!! The problem is when the pimple is bigger!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  37. haha yup, I could use this when I'm on my "girly time". Thanks for the tips!

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  38. NICE! It's nice to see drugstore products working well.. everyone is always scared to use them I feel like because they aren't pricey like name brands!


    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  39. Yeah, I used to put on concealer to hide pimples, but that doesn't make any sense because it would always look cakey.

    Good tips, and good luck on reaching your GFC goal (I already follow you). :)

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  40. What a great post! Thank you for sharing.

    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  41. This is a great tutorial! Finding the green corrector was the best thing that ever happened to me! I don't like to use foundation, so I just use the green corrector and the Physicians color palette to blend it.

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  42. this is great! you have the best affordable how-tos! i love foundation... versatile, miracle product. it'd be my deserted island makeup product any day!

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  43. I've had a few breakouts recently, so I really needed this!

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  44. I've never felt the need to hide a pimple before. Putting things directly on a troubled part of my skin really feels wrong. Not sure if it actually is though!

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  45. I'm definitely using this trick. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. This is so helpful! Every now and then, like everyone else, I break out and I know this sounds bad, but I usually cake on makeup over it, which of course makes it worse! Thank you so much for this awesome and informative post. :)

    With love from San Francisco, California,
    Sabrina
    http://www.rougespark.com

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  47. love the look! :)
    love ur blog too so I followed u, mind to follow me too?. :)

    looking forward to have u on my blog <3

    XOXO

    http://sunkissedqueen.blogspot.com

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  48. I am so happy that you posted this!! I really needed this tip.

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  49. I don't know how I lived before I used a pointed brush, pimples be gone! Or at least hidden :)

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  50. Tada! Love this. I usually use my fingers but come to think of it pointed brush would be better. That way I'm not putting extra oil on a zip that needs zapping! ;)

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  51. Wish I had seen this two days ago! Would've saved me a lot of grief :o/ Well, it's been duly noted for the next breakout.

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  53. Great useful content as always! Thanks! :-)

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