Bad skin days happen. Experiencing skin breakouts is normal, so don't stress out too much when you see a nasty red spot on your face. Also, there are several ways to make pimples go away: an effective skin care regimen, a reliable spot treatment, or maybe a quick visit to the derma.
But what should you do on days when you have no time for these remedies and need to hide a zit fast? Like, when you have an important presentation or it's the morning of your best friend's wedding? Well, if you really need to make the pimple go incognito, we recommend for you to try this "bad skin day" makeup routine. Below, learn more about the tricks to score a flawless base:
Apply a zit-zapper on the pimple before anything else. This is where a salicylic acid treatment comes in handy, a.k.a. a beta hydroxy acid product that exfoliates the skin. Apply the night before and on the day of the event, and allow the product to get properly absorbed before going to the next step. If your pimple is extra red and swollen, dab ice on the affected area for a few minutes to minimize the inflammation before layering with your treatment.
Ed's note: Please consult a dermatologist when the zits become inflamed or infected. And never pop your own pimples! This bad habit can lead to infections and scarring.
Protect your skin with a sunscreen that comes in a lightweight gel formula. This type doesn't feel sticky on the face. To avoid pilling (when the product looks nagbabalat on the skin), allow it to fully sink into skin for a few minutes before applying anything over it.
Dab a pore-blurring and mattifying primer on the T-zone to prolong the wear of your base. Start with a tiny dot that's enough to cover the oiliest areas of your face. Applying too much will just cause your makeup to slide off your face.
Look for a foundation with a non-comedogenic formula. This kind of base will not clog your pores, so you're less likely to develop skin breakouts. It's also best to turn to a pigmented makeup product so you won't need a lot to achieve a flawless coverage. FYI: Bell HYPOallergenic offers ultra gentle makeup products that are perfect for those with problematic and sensitive skin!
To apply your base, use a damp makeup sponge for a smooth, airbrushed finish. Please make sure the sponge is clean, though, because a dirty one will only irritate your skin even more!
Instead of layering on more foundation, apply concealer on the problem areas. Blend everything out with a damp makeup sponge.
To further extend the wear of your makeup and to avoid your base from looking cakey, spritz on a setting spray as the last step of your routine. This step will also ensure that all the layered products will mesh together and create a natural finish.
There are days when your skin looks awfully parched, and this usually happens when you're puyat or maybe when you had too much tequila the night before. Here are easy steps you can do to fake a glowing, healthy, and well-rested complexion:
Sleep-deprived skin is dehydrated, so it's important to bring back the moisture. If you have time, put on a nourishing face mask on before applying makeup. Otherwise, a gel-based priming moisturizer will do. Aloe vera gel is a good choice because it soothes and hydrates the complexion at the same time.
Stick to tinted moisturizers and BB or CC creams for color-correction and coverage. Anything too thick will just emphasize dryness. While you're at it, dab a liquid highlighter on the cheekbones to fake a natural glow.
A hydrating face mist will add radiance to the skin. This step also sets your makeup and leaves you with a gorgeous, natural-looking glow.
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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by Beauty Beat editors.