4 tricks to hide those surprise pimples

No-fail steps to help that zit disappear

Beauty Crew Editor / May 25 2017

Sadly, there’s no such thing as growing out of pimples. While they may be more prominent during our teen years, we can thank things like hormones, diet and even skin type for ensuring that they stick around and make surprise appearances well into our 20s, 30s, and beyond.

So here’s how to hide the blemish that decides to pop up on your first day of work, the morning of your wedding, or anytime, really!


Reduce redness

If your pimple is red and raised, your first goal is to try remove any swelling and to tone down that angry colour. With clean hands, ice the area for a minute or so. Then, lightly dab some redness-reducing eye drops on the spot to reduce the inflamed colour.

Reduce redness with ice


Pick your concealer

When it comes to your concealer, you want to pick a formula that will provide good coverage and leave a matte finish. Avoid concealers that contain shimmer or illuminating particles, as well as anything that’s lighter than your skin tone, as these will only draw attention to the area. If you can, opt for one with salicylic acid to help treat and heal the area while providing coverage.

TOP TIP: If your pimple is quite raised and creating a shadow, use a concealer that’s lighter than your skin tone just where the shadow falls. This clever trick will create the illusion of a smaller pimple.


Use concealer

Using a thin lip brush (this helps with precision), gently dab your concealer on the pimple itself and avoid applying it to the area around it. Make sure you thoroughly clean your make-up brush after it touches your blemish.

Use a lip brush to conceal


Set your concealer

Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder to set the concealer and prevent the area from becoming oily.

Set with translucent powder

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.

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