The Right Way To Hide Pimples Using Makeup

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
The right way to hide pimples using makeup

Stressed, nervous or excited, no matter how you’re feeling a night or two before an important event, a pimple will always appear to rain on your parade. Isn't it just annoying? I mean, how even is it possible? Ugh! Acne and pimples can be annoying AF, especially when you want to look bomb in all those selfies. Luckily, you can hide pimples with makeup. Yes, your favourite makeup products can help cover up acne and give you flawless looking skin. How to hide pimples with makeup is one of the most asked beauty question which we are going to answer today here. 

However, there’s a right way to do that. Use the wrong method or products and you might end up making matters worse. Here’s a step by step guide on how to hide pimple with makeup like a pro. So, the next time you get  those sudden acne flare-ups and breakouts, you'd know what to do. Take a look. 


Start clean

Set your makeup

In order to hide pimple with makeup completely, it’s important to give your makeup the perfect surface to sit on. Thoroughly cleanse and moisturise your skin. Even if your skin is oily, do not miss this essential skincare step if you want your makeup to look flawless.


Apply primer

Set your makeup

Right after completing your skincare routine and before applying your makeup products, it’s essential to apply a primer. This ensures that your skincare products stay locked and your makeup does not penetrate into the layers of your skin. It also creates a smooth canvas for your makeup to go on flawlessly.


Spot conceal

Set your makeup

If your pimple looks red, we suggest correcting it with a green colour corrector first and then dabbing concealer over it. This will counteract the redness and hide the pimple well. However, if it doesn’t look red you can take your concealer and carefully dab it over the acne, avoid rubbing. If you’re using a potted concealer, use a cotton swab to get the product out in order to avoid contamination of the product.


Apply liquid foundation

Set your makeup

Using a stippling brush or makeup sponge, apply the liquid foundation in a stippling motion to get maximum coverage without wiping off the concealer. This step will give you a good and even finish and hide pimple with a base makeup that is smooth and seamless.


Set your makeup

Set your makeup

Wait for a few minutes after applying your foundation to let it set itself, then apply a pressed powder or loose powder to ensure your makeup stays in place for the rest of the day. You can also use a finishing spray to seal the look.


How to cover up acne pits with makeup?

Use a small amount of face primer on your face before starting with your makeup. It gives you seamless finish and help cover up pimple scars perfectly. 

Can makeup help hide acne and acne scars? What makeup products should I use? 

Yes, the right makeup technique and the right makeup products can help hide acne and acne scars both. You can use a primer, use a concealer, foundationa and loose powder to hide pimples with makeup. If scars are red or black, you can also use a colour corrector.  

Which is better to hide pimple - liquid or powder foundation?

Blend a liquid, cream or mousse foundation on the pimple and top it off with a setting or compact powder to completley cover it up and blend with your skin surface.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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