If you had acne in your teens, your chance of experiencing the same agony in your adult years is most likely high. It’s like a ghost from the past that keeps hunting you. I talk from experience and while I don’t break out as much now, it’s a PITA to be dealing with zits when you have other important matters to attend to. A comedic spinoff to this? you can’t face a problem if the problem is your face!
Welcome to the world of concealers, where imperfections are camouflaged and self-esteem ricochet. While proper skincare and dermatological treatments are keys to preventing the dreaded acne, we can’t undervalue the importance of good makeup vis-à-vis concealer. Different strokes for different folks, here are my picks depending on your needs:
For mild acne, I turn to medicated concealer like Murad Acne Treatment Concealer ($21). It has 2% salicylic acid as primary ingredient. Salicylic acid helps unclog pores to prevent and treat lesions. Since it’s tinted, it’s easy to blend it with your regular foundation and/or makeup. Shhh… even hub is a fan of this concealer.
If you want a concealer with added skincare features, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer ($24) is right up your alley. It has Maracuja oil which rebuilds skin, Vitamin C to brighten, and Vitamins A and E to protect against free radicals.
If you’re looking for a concealer that will last throughout the day or defy all outdoor activities, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer ($24) is worth a try. It’s medium to full-coverage with superb longevity.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect match for your skin tone, Cover Fx Cream Concealer ($27) got you covered. Available in 12 shades, this water-based concealer has medium to full coverage. It’s vegan and free from talc, mineral oil and gluten.
Suitable even for sensitive skin, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($34) can be customized and/or blended to mimic your natural skin color. It is creamy and has light to medium coverage.
Regardless of the presentation (liquid, cream, pan, tube, etc), my preferred way of applying concealer is to gently dab on and around the affected part with clean ring finger. After that, I use a small blending brush to blend and buff. If it’s not a big zit, I apply the concealer right after foundation then set with powder. If it’s raw and reddish, I apply salicylic acid five-ten minutes before, followed with concealer, set with powder, then foundation.
I hope you find this post helpful. Ready to face the problem? if you can’t, then let it face you. #win