*Be Forewarned – I’m going to be talking about the gross no-no of popping pimples – or in my case gouging my face … this is not for the faint of heart*
Alright people, pimples happen. They happen to bad people and the happen to good people. And when they happen to me I NEED to pick them. Sometimes it goes well. A pore disaster is averted, the muck is cleared away, and I can go about my normal make up routine without anyone the wiser … other times I get carried away … and this happens:
So I got this beautiful red scab by literally taking off a layer of skin trying to get at an annoying blackhead. I was doing my best to be careful and hygienic – using two Q-tips and then WHAM! A whole layer of epidermis is off and I’m left with a bloody C-shaped crater. Now as I said this isn’t new territory for me (you may also notice a couple of scab on my chin) but the thing is that I refuse to hide in the house when I make these blunders and I don’t think anyone else should either. So here’s a quick tutorial on how to cover up scabs.
First of all, when you ‘She-Hulk out’ a pimple your primary friend is Polysporin. Put a thin layer on the distressed area 2-3 times a day to guard against infection and to speed up the healing process. I like to use Polysporin Complete for this since it’s clear and blends well with my moisturizer and primer.
Then apply your typical moisturizer and primer. You do NOT want to ‘dry’ out a face wound. A gentle moisturizer will help with the healing process and improve the tone of the skin around the scab. A thin layer of primer all over your face will help your make-up stay put and will help lessen the redness around the scab’s site.
Now on to the the coverage! The key is, believe it or not, DO NOT USE CONCEALER! Concealer is too thick and will add to the bulk of the scab (not good) Your concealer will also be too light and/or yellow and will highlight your mistake. So put the concealer down.
Your best friend is a sheer liquid foundation the same shade as your skin tone (I recommend Nars Sheer Glow Foundation) and apply an ALL-OVER layer. That’s right, we’re not going to spot treat something like a scab – we are going to do a full frontal face ASSAULT against it! So once your foundation is applied all over your face THEN you can start looking at the bad area. If it’s covered and not as red I recommend going on to the next paragraph, however, if it is still standing out dab a little bit more foundation on with a Q-tip and then use the heat of your finger to blend it in to all the crags.
Now that your foundation is set and your scab is less noticeable, it’s time to apply tinted face powder (I recommend Benefit ‘Hello Flawless’ or Nars Pressed Powder). Here’s the BIG trick: Apply the face powder to your blemish with a clean EYESHADOW brush! And you don’t just swipe it on you CONVERGE on the scab using strokes like this diagram:
The important thing is to come at the ragged scab from a variety of angles so all the crevices and cracks are covered.
Now I’m not saying that it is flawless coverage but it WILL stop people from asking “What happened to your face?!”. I then recommend that you apply natural looking makeup and resolve to do better next time a pimple comes calling!