By Anne Zimmermann
It has happened to every woman, it is the morning of a big event, a presentation or a date and you wake up with a pimple. Worst felling ever.
Using foundation alone wont cut it and your under eye concealer will only do an average job. How do you save the day?
– Treat the zit
After washing your face, apply a topical cream that contains salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide into the infected area. You can buy these products over the counter at the pharmacy to treat the problem.
– Diminish redness
Visine will help to shrink the blood vessels and limit the redness of the pimple. Simply soak a cotton pad and gently press it to the pimple for 5 minutes. It won’t make it smaller, but it will look less obvious for a few hours.
– Focus on your healthy skin
There is no need to wear a thick layer of foundation all over your face, you will look like you are wearing a mask. Do a light coverage just to even out the skin.
Don’t use your regular under eye concealer, chances are, it is too creamy and will glide over the bump. If your concealer is one shade lighter than your skin you are going to attract the light into the spot.
A thicker coverage will hide better, I like to use an oil free cover up, they usually come in a jar or pot.
Use your finger tips or a small concealer brush. Warm up the product by working it in between your two index fingers or on the back of your hand for a smoother application. Keep in mind, oil and bacteria from unwashed hands and brushes will only make it worse.
Pad it on to the desired area, you need to get as much coverage as possible.
Blend the edges into the skin to make sure it disappears.
Lastly, use a powder on top of the concealer to set it. Don’t use a powder brush as it could take away some of the coverage, instead use a sponge or powder puff.
Play up your eyeshadow to bring focus to your eyes.
It won’t treat the spot but it will make you feel more confident.
No matter what you think, the world is not staring at your blemish!
Anne Zimmermann is a Toronto based makeup artist and educator. Having completed her training in France, she brings her “beauté” expertise from movie sets and high fashion runways. You can now see her work on TV personalities and celebrity guests at CityTv, CTV and in various Canadian magazines.