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.
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 2: Conceal Those Spots
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 3: Tap, Tap, Tap
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.
Step 4: Top It Off With Blush, Bronzer + Powder
Throw on your favorite lipstick and a couple coats of mascara and you’re ready to hit the day feeling confident and totally beautiful!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!