OK, so your new acne medication promises fast results in 7 days, but you've got to put your best face forward today. Is there anything you can do besides stepping out your front door wearing a ski mask?
You bet there is. All you need is to learn a few creative acne makeup concealing tips to help you look your very best at school, work or play.
Remember -- Makeup conceals acne, it doesn't cure it!
But you already knew that, right? Using makeup to conceal acne isn't difficult, but there are some basic rules that you should always follow.
Your basic acne makeup toolkit
Your three acne-hiding makeup weapons will be a concealer, a foundation and a finishing powder. Stay away from the dollar store and use only brand names that you can trust.
Choose only oil-free makeup products that match your skin tone. Oil-free is the key to success here so read the labels carefully. You don't want to aggravate your existing acne problem by layering a fresh coat of oil on skin that already has too much to begin with. Choose a hypoallergenic brand while you're at it.
If this is the first time that you are using a new brand, test the makeup applying small dabs to a spot under your jaw to see how your skin reacts. If you are going to have a problem you'll know within an hour or so after applying it. Nothing's worse than adding more blotches to an already colorful face.
Before you begin
Wash your face with your normal face cleansing product and pat dry. Apply your acne medication per the instructions and let it dry throughly.
Start with the concealer
Apply the concealer in a light dabbing motion directly to any dark blotches or red areas that the acne has produced on your skin. Blend the concealer in using a disposable facial sponge. Use the concealer sparingly. You can always apply more if you need it but you don't want to layer it on too thickly. It will look terrible when it dries.
Next, apply the foundation
Apply the foundation sparingly as well and use a light dabbing motion here too. Blend the foundation with your sponge and reapply to any areas that need it.
And now for the final touch
Apply a light layer of the oil-free powder using a large makeup brush. This will take care of any shine that the acne concealer and foundation left behind and it will give you an even and finished look.
Throw away the disposable sponges when you are through so you don't transfer yesterday's skin oil to tomorrow's clean face!
Before you go to bed
Wash your face throughly to remove all makeup before you go to bed, but preferably as soon as you can after you return home. You want your skin to breath and your acne to get as much fresh air as possible.