How to Cover Acne Scars in 5 Steps

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Acne scars or dark spots take a while to heal. It can take weeks or even months before you completely get rid of them. While you wait for your acne scars to disappear, especially with the help of skin care products like Vitamin C, you can use makeup to conceal them.

Using makeup to cover acne scars is easy as long as you follow the right application techniques and use the right makeup products. Patience is also key! Using makeup to cover acne scars will take more time than your usual makeup routine so it’s essential to stay persistent in order to get a flawless finish.

The next time you notice new blemishes, follow these five steps to conceal the scars:

Step 1 — Start with a good primer

Remember to always start with a good base otherwise your makeup won’t last as long. Prep your skin with a primer to balance out the texture of your skin and minimize the appearance of your pores.

Go for a primer like Aritaum’s Pore Master Sebum Control Primer, which creates a smooth canvas for makeup. This primer will smooth over your problem areas, mattify shine and reduce the appearance of pores. It’s also infused with plant-based extracts, including Centella asiatica, morus bark, green tea, yuja, and lemon verbena leaf extracts, to soothe the skin.

Step 2 — Grab a color correcting concealer

Hiding acne scars can be tricky especially if your spot is red or inflamed. Luckily, you can easily correct this with a color correcting concealer.

Color correctors are great for canceling out unwanted hues in your skin. Green concealers help neutralize the appearance of redness. Yellow concealers are perfect for evening out an uneven skin tone and purple concealers help cancel out unwanted yellow tones while brightening up a dull complexion. If under-eye dark circles are what you’re trying to hide, think pink concealer!

The HD Pro Concealers from L.A Girl Cosmetics boast long-wearing and crease-resistant coverage, making them perfect for concealing acne scars. For a natural finish, blend out your color corrector with a beauty sponge. And remember, color correctors are applied before your foundation and main concealer.

Step 3 — Go for a full coverage foundation

Choosing the right type of foundation is just as important as picking the right primer. Use a non-comedogenic foundation that won’t clog your pores or cause your skin to break out. A full coverage foundation with a matte finish is ideal for oily skin or skin with acne scarring.

If you want your scars to look completely non-existent, go for VDL’s Perfecting Last Foundation. This liquid foundation is lightweight but provides full coverage to ensure all your imperfections are covered. The Perfecting Last Foundation comes in a variety of 10 shades and even offers SPF30 PA++ so you get a bit of extra protection from the sun. The foundation also gives a luminous and flawless finish, thanks to its formula containing a Light-Fitting Cover Complex and Lumilayer Pigment™. 

Step 4 — Look for a full coverage concealer

After you’ve gotten some coverage with your foundation, it’s time to reach for not just one, but two concealers. First, pick a concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Never rub concealer on scars, dab it instead for a natural finish. 

Let your first concealer settle for a bit before you apply your main concealer. Pick a concealer that matches your skin tone and make sure you know your skin undertone so the shade you use perfectly matches your skin. 

Acne scars tend to look dry so applying a creamy concealer like CLIO’s Kill Cover Liquid Concealer will provide just the right amount of coverage without making your scar look cakey. The Kill Cover Liquid Concealer provides high coverage that’s buildable. It’s both lightweight and long-lasting, plus it’s non-greasy so you won’t have to worry about getting midday shine! 

Step 5 — Finish with pressed powder

After you’ve effectively concealed all your acne scars with your color correctors, foundation and concealers, it’s time for the finishing touches. The last step is to apply loose powder to set your makeup in place.

Applying too much powder can make you look cakey so to avoid this, choose a powder that’s finely milled like SHANY’s HD Finishing Powder Translucent. This powder diffuses the appearance of imperfections and sets your foundation perfectly. It’s also paraben and talc-free, making it suitable for all skin types

SHANY’s HD Finishing Powder Translucent is great for daytime makeup but if you’re planning a night out, then you’ll need something with higher coverage that won’t look powdery. The Blur Powder Pact from EGLIPS might just be what you’re looking for. This finely milled powder absorbs excess sebum and gives a smooth and flawless finish. You can also keep this compact powder in your handbag for touch-ups if needed.