Applying foundation by sponge on face for make-up
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Waking up with a pimple, especially when you have to attend a special event, can be a bit daunting. You know that you should look your best, but you don’t know how you are going look your best with an attention-grabbing pimple on your face. Do not worry because when you know how to cover a pimple, it will not stop you from enjoying your event.

You may think that makeup is the best way to hide a pimple, but the mistake that you have made so many times is to try to cover a pimple with tons of layers of makeup. When you do this, you are making the makeup the ultimate cause of more pimples in the long run because you are clogging your pores. Plus, it can look cakey. 

If you still plan on using makeup, you should know how to cover a pimple effectively. Here are some of the things you should remember.

How to Cover a Pimple Effectively

Choose makeup that is tested by dermatologists

This will ensure that you will have makeup that will not interfere with any of the other products that you use to get rid of acne on your face.

Use a primer

 A primer can even out your uneven skin tone. At the same time, the proper primer will get rid of the redness and inflammation caused by your pimple.

Choose a powder foundation

When you use liquid foundation, you are increasing the chances of clogging your pores. A powder foundation can be spread out over your face, and can help cover a pimple in a more effective way.

Use a brush or sponge

Remember that the process should always start with the primer. Wait for the skin to absorb the primer first before applying the concealer. After placing the concealer, the foundation should be applied. Once everything has set, that is the time when you can continue the rest of your makeup.


You may want to exfoliate your face before you put makeup on. This will help lessen bumpy skin appearance.


Another thing that you can do is apply a moisturizer to improve the way that your skin looks under your makeup.

Concealer that matches your skin tone

You need to make sure that you will find a concealer that matches the color of your skin well. You may have to check different products in order to find the right concealer. 

Assess the situation after using all of the products above

Layer the needed products (in thin layers) one by one. You can see if you still need to add more or not based on what the pimple looks like.

If you are not good at putting on makeup, or the layers of makeup that you have placed are not enough, you can always place a small bandage over the pimple. If the tips above don’t work, then it will be hard to find another solution to hide your pimple.

Now that you know these tips, you will be better informed about how to cover a pimple well.