How to blur blemishes and conceal spots

April 6, 2020

How to
blur blemishes
and conceal spots

Learn the best tricks for covering blemishes, imperfections or spots with makeup and achieve a flawless finish that never looks cakey

Although it can be tempting to apply thick layers of full coverage foundation to blemished skin, there are certain techniques that can help cover spots but still keep your skin looking natural. Our Colour Maestro and store manager Ana Lazovski reveals her insider beauty tricks for spot-prone skin as well as how to conceal acne properly.

Take care of your skin

Before you try to cover up any spots or blemishes it’s important to make sure your skin is as clean and prepped for makeup as it can be. A routine with a gentle gel cleanser, clarifying toner and oil-free moisturiser should put you in good stead. Always make sure you have fully cleaned and nourished your skin every time you want to cover a spot using makeup.

Consult the colour wheel

First, it’s important to analyse the colour of the spots and blemishes you wish to cover. Normally they appear in different shades of red, but they could also be brown. In order to camouflage them perfectly with your skin, Ana recommends using complementary concealer shades that cancel out the undertones of the blemish in question. For red blemishes, she suggests products that contain a slight olive and green undertone. If you have a brown spot or dark circles, Ana likes to use products containing a pink, red or orange undertone to warm up the coolness.

Pick the perfect formula

Once you’ve selected the shade you need, it’s time to think about the right formula. Highly pigmented formulations with high coverage are essential when it comes to covering spots with makeup, which is why Ana loves the Code8 Seamless Cover Concealer. Enriched with active ingredients such as Glucan Biopolymer, it has a smoothing effect that blurs imperfections and conceal blemishes, scars, veins and spots. Its light-diffusing spheres help to distract the eyes from uneven texture and imperfections, while leaving you naturally glowy—and never cakey.

Say goodby to shimmer

When it comes to the rest of your makeup, try to avoid shiny highlighters and shimmery blushes as these will only bring more attention to spots. Instead, opt for matte powders that help to absorb excess oil and keep the blemishes blended in with the rest of your makeup. Ana uses the Code8 Matte Velour Powder because it contains cornstarch and silica, so it will keep your skin soft, silky and extremely matte all day long. No shine in sight.

If all else fails, fake it

Sometimes a stubborn pimple will stick out, no matter how much concealer you put on it. If you’re feeling self-conscious about it, you can always try Ana’s trick of disguising it as a beauty spot. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyeliner pen to colour the spot in a dark shade and carry it off as a birthmark. It might sound bizarre, but if you’ve got a big event and wearing makeup is your only option it’s a handy trick for covering spots that can help you out in a pinch.

But it doesn't matter if you can't 'fix' it all

Finding flattering makeup for pitted acne scars can be pretty tricky. Deep scarring is hard to completely hide with just concealers alone, as it’s not only pigment that needs to be concealed but uneven texture too. But don’t feel down, there are plenty of ways you can work on resurfacing your skin. Ana suggests micro-needling, chemical peeling and retinoids as great options that all work to increase cellular turnover, so you can shed the older scarred skin and reveal the fresh, soft skin underneath. 

We hope you’ve learnt some tips on how to conceal blemishes and cover spots using makeup in this article, but please remember your spots are far more noticeable to you than anyone else. We always tend to focus on our flaws, while others rarely notice them. Makeup should always be fun and never used as a mask. Real skin is beautiful and normal, and you should never be ashamed to go bare-faced.