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How to Cover Blemishes Without Getting a Caked-On Appearance

author image Glenda Taylor
Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a full-time writer specializing in construction writing. She also enjoys writing business and finance, food and drink and pet-related articles. Her education includes marketing and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.
How to Cover Blemishes Without Getting a Caked-On Appearance
How to Cover Blemishes Without Getting a Caked-On Appearance

Acne breakouts are no fun. You can cover a blemish with makeup, but if you’re not careful, you could end up with a caked-up clump on your face. Next time you get a pimple, don’t just dab on extra foundation or concealer -- follow some blemish-covering steps to reduce the appearance of the pimple without the area becoming cakey and flakey.

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Step 1

Wash your entire face and neck with a gentle facial cleanser and rinse with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Step 2

Apply a thin coat of moisturizer to your entire face. Use only a water-based moisturizer that absorbs quickly into your skin. The moisturizer forms a barrier over your face, smoothing your skin.

Step 3

Dampen a clean makeup up sponge with water and squeeze out the excess.

Step 4

Put a dime-sized dollop of makeup on your palm and press the sponge in the foundation, absorbing it. With light dabs, press the makeup sponge all over your face; apply a very thin coat of foundation evenly over the blemish.

Step 5

Allow the makeup to dry before gently buffing your skin with a cotton facial pad. Use very little pressure over the blemish, just enough to smooth any obvious traces of makeup. A thin layer of makeup will remain on your face and over the blemish.

Step 6

Repeat the application of foundation makeup. By applying multiple, very thin coats of makeup, you avoid thick, cakey streaks while covering the blemish. If your makeup is thick, use a little more water on your sponge. Buff again when the makeup dries.

Step 7

Dab a tiny bit of concealer directly on the blemish with a fine makeup brush. If the blemish is red, a concealer with a yellow or green base may counter the reddish color. Use feather-light strokes to keep from adding too much.

Step 8

Allow the concealer to set, and apply a light dusting of translucent facial powder. The powder removes the shine from your skin, making blemishes less noticeable. You can use a large, soft brush or a gentle powder puff to dust the powder on.

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