Best way to cover a massive spot, according to a make-up artist

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Spots might just be the most annoying, ugly, pain in the arse things in the world. Whichever type – back acne (or bacne as it’s so pleasantly known), adult acne or just plain old zits – they all suck. There are no two ways about it. I hate them, you hate them, we all bloody hate them. ‘I really love this whitehead that has just appeared on my chin,’ said no one ever. They always appear at the most irritating time. Whilst you can arm yourselves with salicylic acid and the best spot treatments the world has to offer, at the end of the day they don’t disappear fast enough, so you really need to know the best way to cover a spot in every day life.

I sat down with Caroline Barnes, the Max Factor UK Ambassador and a pretty darn brilliant make-up artist, to ask her what she thinks is the best way to cover a spot.

Best way to cover a spot – step 1:

‘First things first’ she says, ‘pop some blemish gel onto the spot. I really like Medik8’s one. This will dry the spot out, as well as sealing it from any infection from makeup. Wait for this to dry.’

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Best way to cover a spot – step 2:

‘Next up apply your foundation in your usual way, then go in with an opaque concealer. I recommend Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, Vichy Derma Blend SOS Cover Stick or Cover FX Cream Concealer. But make sure it’s a concealer in a solid formula that has nothing reflective in it.’

Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, £27.50 Space NK

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Vichy Derma Blend SOS Cover Stick, £15 Boots

 

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Cover FX Cream Concealer, £24 Cult Beauty

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Best way to cover a spot – step 3:

‘Then apply Mac Studio Fix, which is a foundation and powder in one, with a cotton bud to that area. This provides a really dense application.’

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, £24.50 John Lewis

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Best way to cover a spot – step 4:

‘Finally, grab a really delicate blending brush – one that you might use on your eyes – and just dance it around the area to soften the edges and diffuse the colour.’

Zoeva Luxe Eye Blender Brush, £8.99 Cult Beauty

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Et voila, you’re done!

Spot covered.

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