Trying to cover a spot or an area of pigmentation can be tricky. Apply too little makeup and your pesky pimple will re-appear within 3 minutes, but apply too much and you’ll be left with a crusty looking patch of skin that’s crying out for attention all on its own.
So we’ve roped in the help of a professional. Enter Zara Findlay: one of the Bobbi Brown Pro Makeup Artists, to show us how it’s done…
The real key to covering a blemish well (without drawing further attention to it or making it dry and flaky) is all in the skincare. Make sure to prep your skin well. When it comes to blemishes and pigmentation, the skin around that area tends to be more textured or dry. Give it a little extra hydration by using a teeny-tiny amount of face oil or a balm directly on the area. This will stop the blemish looking cakey or flaky once you apply makeup on top.
Apply corrector on the blemish or pigmentation. A corrector is going to cut through the depth of colour from the blemish/pigmentation making it easy for your concealer to completely conceal it on top.
Now, back to the rest of your face for a minute. If you want a more natural finish, use your concealer only in the areas where you want a little more coverage. If you want an overall fuller makeup look, then go ahead and apply a fuller coverage foundation.
When it comes to concealing your blemish or area of pigmentation, ‘spot conceal’ with a small fluffy brush and your concealer. Gently bounce the concealer onto the blemish/pigmentation to completely conceal it without having to apply full coverage everywhere else.
‘Spot Set’ your blemish/pigmentation with a foundation powder to ensure that all the thin layers you have applied stay on all day. Do this with a small brush too to make sure you are not over-powdering the rest of the skin.