Emma Bryant's beauty blog: Get spots sorted!
Spots, zits, pimples - whatever you call them, we all know they are a pain in the bum!
And they ALWAYS seem to appear at exactly the wrong moment. I can literally go months without one then just when I have an important meeting or special night out - BAM! One heaving mass if pimple-ness appears from nowhere! Arghhhhhhhhhhh!
So what are your options? How can we cover them up? And make sure that coverage lasts!!!
Here are my top concealer picks:
ON A BUDGET: Rimmel Hide The Blemish concealer. This creamy concealer stick blends well and gives smooth even coverage and at just £3.99 (Superdrug) it's a bargain buy too. This was my first ever concealer and always did the job on my stubborn teenage imperfections.
PAYDAY: My everyday favourite is MAC's Studio Finish SPF 35 pot of concealer (£15 Debenhams.com). I use this every single day even if my skin is clear of the pimple monster as it's perfect for evening out my skin and hiding any discolouration, veins or redness too. I couldn't live without it if I am honest! It is lightweight and creamy and its best for long-wearing invisible coverage. It's also water-resistant and can effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks.
BLOW THE BUDGET: If you're feeling flush then try Diorskin Nude Concealer (£21 Boots). This illuminates aswell as covers thanks to minuscule water droplets that capture and reflect light. This concealer has skincare benefits because it hydrates your skin while camouflaging imperfections. It really does help you create a flawless canvas - and isn't that what we all want?!?
TOP TIP: I always apply concealer after my moisturiser and primer. Then if I have particularly bad breakouts I apply my foundation and then reapply another coat of my concealer onto the problem areas on top of that. If a spot is very troublesome I use a yellow finishing powder to off-set the redness. The Models Prefer range - available at QVC - has an absolutely amazing neutralising pressed powder which is a must-have when covering spots. it gives you a subtle veil of colour to brighten up your face and the neutralising properties of the yellow powder highlight dark undertones and soften the appearance of flaws. I love how it also holds my concealer and foundation in place.
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