How To Cover Blemishes With Makeup

If You Struggle With Spots – You Most Likely Want To Cover Them Up Right?

I know I do. Sometimes I get really bad breakouts – sore, red lumps that do not make me feel good when I look in the mirror! And so my main concern is how to cover blemishes quickly and easily.

It can really get you down and impact pretty badly on your confidence, and if you get spots, I’m sure you feel that way sometimes too.

I want to give you some tips on how to reduce the appearance of your spots by learning the proper way to cover them with makeup!

This is what my skin looked like this morning before applying any products at all. This is a difficult photo for me to share because it makes me feel so awful looking at it and knowing that’s my skin 🙁
But at the same time, I think it’s a good thing – if it helps someone else know that they can do something about their skin then that’s amazing.

my natural skin, before applying any makeup

Face on - skin without any makeup

I know some people do suffer a lot worse, and I really do feel for you. It’s an awful thing – some people are blessed with such amazing skin, but not all of us are that lucky…

Skin Prep


The first thing we need to do is prepare your skin for makeup. Start off with a clean face – simply use a gentle face wash [whichever one works best for you]. Currently, I’m using the Garnier Skin Active Refreshing Botanical Gel Wash, which is great at gently cleansing my skin, without leaving it feeling dry and tight.

the perfect face wash for those with combination skin - garnier refreshing botanical gel wash with aloe extract

Next, use a micellar water to ensure that all traces of makeup are removed from the skin. If you’ve read any of my other skin care posts, you’ll know how much I love the Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water. This stuff is literally my favourite skin care product! It is sooo gentle, and it really does deeply cleanse the skin of all makeup, grime, and oil.


After cleansing, use a toner, to purify the skin and help close up your pores again [cleansing opens them to remove dirt]. I use the Nivea Purifying Toner, which is great for combination skin. It helps reduce oil, which therefore reduces shine, and helps makeup stay more matte during the day. I didn’t use a toner for years, and only recently got back into it, but I’m really glad I did. It’s already making a lot of difference to my skin!


Once you’ve let your toner air dry, it’s time to go in with moisturiser. To complete the hat trick, I’ve been using the Nivea Daily Essentials Oil-Free Moisturising Day Cream, which I am in love with! It’s the first moisturiser that I’ve used that actually makes my skin feel hydrated, without giving it that greasy feeling we’re all trying to avoid. Gently pat the moisturiser in – no rubbing!

It’s also really affordable – it only costs £4.10!


The last step of prepping your skin is using a primer. This helps your makeup stay on all day, and really helps your makeup go on in the first place. It gives you a smooth base to work on, and helps improve your skin’s appearance, before you go in with makeup.

I tend to switch between a couple, depending on what kind of makeup I’m using. However, for the purpose of covering blemishes, I would use Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer. I’ve found that it really helps give that even skin texture to work on, which is ideal for covering blemishes. It’s only £5.00 too, which is even better!

Makeup To Cover Your Blemishes

Covering your blemishes can be a little difficult – you can feel that they don’t look any better. By following these techniques, you can make your blemishes fade and feel confident about your skin!


Recently, I bought this foundation from GOSH and I’ve been really impressed with it! Called X-Ceptional Wear Makeup; it’s a medium-high coverage, with long-lasting wear. I use the shade Porcelain, and it’s actually pale enough for me which is always a bonus!

I use my fingers to apply [make sure you wash your hands first!], as I find it easier! It’s entirely up to you how you apply your foundation, contrary to what people say. It’s about what works for you, and not what’s the most popular method. We’ve had the beauty blenders, the silicone applicators, and the oval makeup brushes, and I’m sure there’ll be something else along soon! It’s all down to you, and what you find easiest and gives you the best results.


Once you’re happy with your foundation, you should already see that the blemishes are much less pronounced, and the red redness is pretty much gone. The GOSH foundation is amazing at giving that high coverage, without feeling cakey or thick!

The next step, is to use your concealer, to help smooth out any lumps and bumps, and help remove any final pigmentation that you can still see.

Again, if you’re not new to AIMH, you’ll know how much I love Revlon’s Photoready Concealer. I’m yet to find a better one. The consistency is great for covering over blemishes, and it settles well on top of the foundation.

Simply use a thin-tipped brush, or your finger if that’s what you prefer, and carefully dab the concealer on top of any remaining redness/bumps. Don’t rub or smooth the concealer in, as you can take disturb your foundation, and the concealer too!

Covering blemishes - it's something we all want to do when we get the dreaded breakout! Check out my tutorial on how to do it the right way.


Once you’re done with the concealer, you can go ahead and set your base. Any translucent powder should work just fine! I love the H&M Invisible Powder, which you can get from their UK site. It’s pretty reasonable at £9.99, which considering how long it lasts, is really affordable.

Use a large fluffy brush and simply dust the powder over your face very lightly, concentrating on your more oily areas such as your t-zone.

H&M Invisible Powder - the best loose translucent powder I have ever used. Super oil-absorbing, leaves your skin feeling glossy and soft, and doesn't have that powdery smell!

And that’s it! You can finish the rest of your makeup now 🙂

By following this routine, and using the products mentioned, you should see a massive difference in the appearance of your blemishes, and you should feel much more confident, which is the most important thing.

This is what my skin looks like after following my routine. I certainly feel much more confident knowing that they’re much more hidden, and less noticeable.

The difference in my skin after following my blemish routine! As you can see, the spots are almost invisible! The redness is gone, and you cannot see the bumps.

As you can see, the difference is quite pronounced - follow my blemish routine for immediately clearer skin!

As you can see, the blemish routine above makes a massive difference to the appearance of my blemishes!

I hope you’ve found this routine helpful. Leave me a comment below if you’ve given it a try, and whether you liked the products used 🙂


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