The best ways to cover dark spots and blemishes on your skin

It would be lovely if our skin looked perfectly clear, dewy, and acne-free, but it’s pretty rare to find someone who doesn’t have occasional (or frequent) imperfections. It can be frustrating to fret over your skin and then buy makeup, thinking it will solve the problem, only to realize you can still see dark spots and blemishes. Luckily, there is a way to do your makeup to cover dark spots.

Covering up spots completely can be done with a little effort, the right products, and techniques, and the good news is you don’t need to be a makeup artist to accomplish it. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best products and applications on the market, so you can spend time worrying a little less about your skin.

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Where to start

Wondering how to cover dark spots on your face? Makeup likes to settle into acne scars, so if you’re trying to hide those, prepping your skin first is key. Even if you’re covering up dark spots under your eyes or blemishes elsewhere, it’s always good to start with a clean, moisturized face. Using a primer will also help your makeup go on more evenly and stay put all day long.

Look for primers with words like “hydrating” or “soothing” because they can help minimize redness and reduce inflammation. If you have oily skin, find one that says “matte” on it.

Whether to start with concealer or foundation next seems to be a hot topic in the beauty world. Some experts believe when you’re trying to cover dark circles under your eyes, use a concealer after foundation. However, if you’re concentrating on dark spots and blemishes elsewhere on your face, concealer comes first. Still others say to start with a concealer two times lighter than your skin tone and applying that first, then follow it up with one that matches your skin tone, then apply foundation. I would recommend trying it both ways to see which offers the most coverage for your exact skin.

Color-correcting concealers have also been popular in hiding dark spots. The idea is to use the opposite color on the spot to counteract the color of the blemish. For example, if you’re trying to cover up a bright red pimple, use a green-colored concealer. If it’s a blackhead, use one with a yellow tone.

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How to apply

Less is more when it comes to using and applying any concealer or foundation. When it comes to covering small spots or blemishes, using small amounts to begin allows you to build up coverage gradually. To do this, you need a teeny-tiny brush. Skip the usual suspects when it comes to buying makeup and products like Sephora or Ulta and instead head on over to Michaels or a local art store.

Next, apply two or three dots of concealer directly on the darkest part of the blemish, then press gently with the tip of your finger to distribute evenly. Do not use a wiping motion, or you’ll end up losing the concealer you just applied. If you’re not a fan of using your finger, put a smudge on the back of your hand, and use the brush to grab a little at a time and use the brush (or another clean brush) itself.

Once this is complete, use a light powder on the area to seal the deal. This will prevent the makeup from wearing off, especially if you sweat.

Final thoughts

It goes without saying that eating the right foods, getting enough rest, using sunscreen, and taking good care of your skin via a skin routine approved by a dermatologist will always help prevent blemishes. Even the most well-intentioned people will develop acne at some point in their lives, but if you know how to hide pimples, they won’t leave you feeling insecure or anxious.

We also recommend not sleeping with face makeup on no matter how tired you are at the end of the day. Makeup can get matted into your skin or seep in if you sweat, and it doesn’t allow your skin to breathe. If you can follow these instructions and have the patience to try a few makeup brands before you commit to the best for your skin, you’ll be well on your way to pristine-looking skin.

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