Spots are the worst. They can knock your confidence. They'll often appear during your period which is just wonderful and they have no regard for our social lives, usually popping up just before special occasions or important meetings.
Now look, in today's world where we are fighting back against the airbushed images we see online we all know that it's totally okay to head outside with a blemish on show, it doesn't make you any less of the kickass person you are. But we also know that it's totally fine to want to conceal our spots. And so, with that in mind, I asked The Beauty Editor's resident makeup artist Magdalena Smyczek to reveal how to conceal a spot like a pro. Keep reading for her 5-step guide to making your spots disappear (it's makeup magic, people).
Step One: Use a colour corrector first. If you have redness it's important to use a green-hued corrector to neutralise the colour. If you have a darker skin tone and your blemish is grey or ashy then apply an orange-toned corrector.
Step Two: Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone and opt for something with a slightly thicker, well-pigmented consistency. The concealer should be matte, not illuminating as this will attract attention to the blemish rather than hide it.
Tip: Some spots are quite shiny and don't take the product so be sure to blot your blemish with a tissue before applying your corrector and concealer.
Step Three: When applying your concealer you can use a tiny brush or your finger. You only need a little amount of product. Apply to the spot and very gently tap with your finger or blend with the brush. If you use too much pressure you will remove the product from the blemish.
Step Four: It's personal preference whether you correct and conceal your spots before applying foundation. I always apply foundation afterwards being sure to press very gently over the blemish so as not to move the concealer.
Step Five: Use a little translucent powder over the top to lock the product in and ensure that your concealer will stay put all day.
Tip: Don't apply too much corrector and concealer to start with, you can always add more but apply too much and you risk the area looking cakey.
Shop our favourite concealer for covering spots below...