Not all methods for covering up acne are created equal. Find out about the best way to cover acne blemishes with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm makeup artist, Chantal Moore, and today I'm going to show you the best way to cover acne. Drea's skin shows some sign of acne that's on its way out. It's healing itself but those scars can last for a fair amount of time and so concealer is a really great way to hide those scars while they're fading. She has a few spots of active acne and a little bit of hyper-pigmentation and when you're looking at concealing areas like this it's really going to be product and technique and I'm going to show you how to use this product to its maximum effect and how to really spot conceal your skin in the most natural way possible but covering everything that you want to be covered. I'm using Smooth Indulgence Concealer in Caramel today and I'm actually going to use a combination of my finger but I'm also going to use a brush. So you can see that Drea has a pimple here that's actually healing. I'm going to show you the best way to cover that pimple, a little bit of concealer on the back of my hand and I'm going to take my ring finger and this pimple is small enough, the area of discoloration is small enough that I can take my finger and I can just tap it right on to that blemish and then what you want to do is gently blend the product out. You want to work from the inside out and just feathering that product out. You can see how lovely that coverage is and just making sure that you blend the edges and feather those edges really nicely just to diffuse that. Now when you're covering a blemish you want to make sure that the finish is matte. You want a highly pigmented concealer that's going to stay put. It's going to seal over that blemish and cover that in a really nicely matte way but natural. You want the finish to be natural and this concealer is doing just that. You can see, I'm going to have you turn, turn back to me and that blemish is gone. It's absolutely almost completely imperceptible now. For the most effective blemish covering you want to start with a clean canvas. Make sure that the area of the skin is clean and then you want to prime the canvas. So that might mean moisturizer. It might mean a primer. Whatever is going to perfect the surface of the skin and ready it for coverage. When you have acne, you really want to avoid picking at your pimple. You want to avoid really damaging that area of skin any more than it already is. So please be gentle and you really just want to tap. As a final step, once you have the desired coverage over the blemish you want to tap a little bit of powder over it and this is going to set this finish and provide long wear. Once you set the coverage with powder, your coverage should last you for up to 12 hours. And that's the best way to cover acne. I'm Chantal Moore. Thank you for watching.