How to Cover Up Acne Scars With Makeup

Anyone who’s suffered from acne as a teen or adult knows how stressful it can be to always feel like everyone is staring at your skin. If you want to make your pimples and acne scars disappear for the day, this brilliant tutorial by YouTube makeup guru Jess Bunty will show you how.

1. Start fresh.

Make sure your skin is clean and moisturized from the start to give your makeup the proper starting surface.

2. Apply primer.

Using your fingertips, apply a primer onto your skin to ensure the rest of your makeup goes on smooth and stays on all day. Jess recommends waiting a few minutes before applying foundation, so take this time to decide what eye or lip look you want to do for the day.

3. Apply concealer to spots in a criss cross motion.

Be sure you cover each side of the blemish by applying concealer in an “X” pattern.

4. Blend the concealer by gently patting it.

Using the pads of your (clean!) fingers, carefully press your concealer, blending it onto each blemish. Don’t rub it, or you could risk streaky results.

5. Cover up under eye circles.

While waiting for your makeup to “cook” (i.e. set into your skin), apply concealer to any under eye discoloration or darkness you may have. Want to make it perfect? Use our handy concealer trick to eliminate dark circles.

6. Blot your base with a tissue.

Absorb any excess makeup by lightly pressing a tissue into your skin, allowing you to get as natural finish as possible.

7. Use a stippling brush to apply liquid foundation.

While the other steps can be done using fingertips, Jess says her stipple brush provides “good coverage and an airbrushed, even finish” when it comes to applying foundation. Apply the liquid makeup in round, stippling motions so you can get coverage without wiping off the concealer you already applied.

Her tip: Start off with a little, then build to avoid going overboard.

8. Set your makeup.

After waiting a few more minutes for your makeup to set itself, apply either a pressed powder or finely-milled loose powder to ensure it stays put for the rest of the day. Using a large fluffy brush, apply your powder in a stippling motion.

Optional: Use a finishing spray to seal your look for good.

Then, apply the rest of your makeup and you’re ready to go!


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