I am a grown woman and I still get the occasional breakout. And of course it’s like the 3rd eye right in the middle of my face. How can I cover it up to make it look like I am not covering it up?

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When covering acne areas you have to be careful. If you are not, you could end up with a cakey clump on your face. Next time you get acne, follow the covering steps below to help reduce the appearance of the breakout without making the area cakey and flakey.

The most common mistake that women make in covering acne spots is that the last thing they do is use translucent powder. This technique, more times than not, only brings attention to the spot.

The very last thing you do when doing your makeup is to cover the troubled area. Read this post on how to prep the face, using concealer to cover dark/light areas under the eyes and around the nose or mouth area. Then follow the simple steps below to cover your acne spots.

After you have finished doing your complete makeup you should always top it off with a translucent powder. Now you are ready to cover the blemished area by following the simple steps below:

1. Select The Right Color Of Concealer.

Typically you want to select a color that matches your skin. For redness from the acne spots you might consider a heavier concealer for better coverage. Applying a little “green” foundation followed by the concealer can help counteract the redness of the spot.

For the most part you want a soft but not too creamy concealer. Each brand of cosmetics have very different consistencies. So find one that best fits you.

2. Preparing The Concealer.

First take the stick of a q-tip or a small utensil, and place it on the space between your thumb and finger. You want to avoid putting your finger, sponges or a brush on the problem area and back on the product. This can cause bacteria to get into the product.

3. Applying The Concealer.

Next apply the concealer onto the problem area. I recommend a sponge over a brush as the sponge tends to give a more finished, polished look. Of course using a brush is not wrong. Your preference is key here.

Dab some onto the sponge and pat it onto the problem area, do not rub. Blend it by blending outward, very, very lightly.

You can make a harder concealer softer by placing your sponge on the area for a moment to create heat to help with blending.

Take a cotton ball or a clean blush brush and smooth out the concealer.

4. Do Not Follow The Application With Powder.

At this point you should be finished. Powder can grab “onto” the spot making it look flakey. If you choose to do so, use very little and do not place it directly on the spot. Instead, spread the powder around the face then lightly go over the spot with the brush.

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