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Now that we have to contend with HD cameras and selfies, skin is much more exposed that it ever used to be. While before cameras would mask a spot in a slightly out of focus blur, they now magnify every freckle. Yikes!
Ok so it’s not that bad. There are Photoshop and Instagram, but that’s no good if you’re physically in front of someone. The trick is to blend the spot into the rest of your skin tone to make it look seamlessly even. Caking on foundation might cover the redness but it won’t help unevenness, if anything it actually enhances it.
Targetting the problem at the root, and investing in a zit-zapping skincare regime will help the problem long-term. But if you have a date and need a quick fix, follow our top tips to mask the marks, fast:
Hands away: Squeezing spots is like waving a red rag to a bull. It inflames them and makes them even harder to cover, not to mention the potential of scarring. Don’t give in to the temptation.
Apply foundation first: Putting concealer on second makes it much easier to blend. Fred Letailleur, YSL Makeup Artist for Northern Europe suggests, ‘The biggest mistake women make is applying too much product. The best thing to do is always use less than you think you will need and then touch up the dark circles and rogue blemishes with concealer.'
Avoid liquid concealer: They are much better suited to the under eye area. Over spots they either disappear into nothing or sit on top – both of which are useless. A creamy texture tends to have a thicker coverage and less oil which makes them last much longer.
Conceal and heal: Concealers that are medicated with zit-zapping ingredients will help stop the spots from spreading. Clinique's Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer, £15 or Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick, £15 are our trusty favourites.