Makeup for Women of Color to Cover Up Blemishes

Women of color have several options for using makeup to cover blemishes.

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You can treat blemishes with over-the-counter preparations or with medication prescribed by your dermatologist. But if you need to cover up your blemishes to look prettier for a day at work or an evening out, there are many makeup lines that cater to women of color. Makeup artists vary in their approaches to using concealers or foundations over blemishes.


If you're prone to breakouts, be careful not to use makeup that could cause them. Makeup artist Tifini Lewis of Queens, New York, says to look for a medicated concealer that dries out the blemishes while it covers them. Lewis loves Make Up Forever’s Palette 5 Cremes de Camouflage Cream Palette numbers one and four. She says they're ideal because the shades of each cream let users find an exact skin-tone match. Lewis is also a fan of Iman’s Cover Creme for skin that's not oily.

Heavier Products

Although it’s not usually recommended, Emmy Award-winning New York City makeup artist Julia Davis suggests using a heavier coverup or stick foundation to conceal blemishes. The brand doesn't matter, she says, as long as long as you can find a shade within the brand that matches your complexion.

Lighter Shades

On the other hand, New York City’s Heather Adessa of Makeup by Heather A uses a product that is a shade or two lighter than the skin tone to cover up a blemish. Then Adessa covers the area with the shade of foundation that she uses all over the face, which matches the skin tone. Adessa loves the M.A.C and Make Up Forever brands because they offer a huge variety of shades.

Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is a relative newcomer to the makeup scene. Makeup by Anna artist Anna Petrosian of Glendale, California, loves Bare Escentuals, L’Oreal Mineral Makeup, Youngblood and Sheer Cover. She says mineral makeup is the best type because it’s lightweight, long lasting, water resistant and good for all skin types and ages. Also, it doesn’t clog pores and is light reflective, which means that it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes. Petrosian also says that mineral makeup is good for acne-prone skin and has chemical-free SPF sun protection, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. It also enhances the appearance of your skin, she says.

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