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Here’s How to *Actually* Conceal a Blemish

We all know what it’s like to have an unexpected, annoying, confidence-busting blemish — they’re the worst. Lots of us often turn to weird ways to actually get rid of blemishes (or use Miley Cyrus’ zit hack) because they’re stubborn and hard to completely conceal. It’s so frustrating when we end up drawing more attention to a zit in the process of trying to cover it up. Agh!! News flash, ladies: There’s more to covering up a blemish than just smearing on concealer. As a makeup artist, I rely on this specific technique any time I need to truly cover up a breakout. Here’s how to seriously conceal a pimple.

Step 1: Apply Foundation


It’s best to start by applying your base makeup to get a flawless face: foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream or whatever foundation-like product you’re loving. This first step is key because it will provide a base layer of coverage for your blemishes.

Step 2: Conceal Those Spots


Cover up those zits! The best way I have found to cover blemishes or spots is to apply a simple swipe of concealer that’s slightly bigger than your blemish. I even make little “X” shapes; I like the way it blends out onto the rest of my skin.

Step 3: Tap, Tap, Tap


This what I like to call “the tapping technique” — it’s a total game changer! This step is typically where I see a lot of gals go wrong in their concealing process, because they straight up rub concealer over their blemish. The reason you don’t want to do this is because you end up wiping most of the product on an area of your face that doesn’t need to be concealed. Instead, *tap* your finger gently over the area and slightly beyond it to blend the product into the rest of your skin. The heat from your finger will help melt the product into your skin directly over your blemish.

Step 4: Top It Off With Blush, Bronzer + Powder


Now, let’s pull this look together! Gently apply bronzer and blush as you normally would, but make sure you don’t avoid any areas that you have concealed — adding a light dusting of blush and bronzer on top will actually make it look more natural.

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Throw on your favorite lipstick and a couple coats of mascara and you’re ready to hit the day feeling confident and totally beautiful!

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)