People often think that covering acne with makeup will be the biggest mistake they’ll ever encounter. Maybe it’s true, but, when you’ve got a wedding, a college reunion, a first date or an evening party to attend, you have no other choice than to hide the big pimple on your face.
What Are Whiteheads?
A whitehead is a type of acne that develops when dead skin cells, oil, dirt or bacteria clog your pores. When your face produces more sebum than it needs, the sebum gets trapped in the pore and forms a bump that’s filled with fluid. In another case, when the skin pore closes up, the bacteria will remain under the skin and will eventually begin to grow and after a few days, a whitehead will be formed. According to experts, hormonal changes and diet can play a significant role in the development of whiteheads.
How to Hide a Whitehead?
Whiteheads are known as the most annoying type of pimples as they always seem to develop at the wrong times. But, if you’ve got a big night out and want to hide those clogged pores, the first and foremost thing to do is to use an exfoliant.
Exfoliation is a must in any ideal skincare regimen. Irrespective of the skin type, exfoliation can help in maintaining a glowing, youthful and a more radiant complexion. It is critical in speeding up the rate of skin cell turn over – the process where the skin naturally sheds dead skin cells and replaces them with healthier ones. The reason why exfoliation is a must here is that for those with oily and acneic skin, the condition is worse; if these cells don’t shed properly, they will remain stuck on the skin’s surface, clogging pores which will lead to more whiteheads.
To remove the excess dirt and oil, it’s important to exfoliate the skin –but in a soft, non-abrasive and non-irritating way. With your finger, you can make circular motions when applying the scrub. And, if you are using a brush, make short and light strokes. So, exfoliate for about 30-40 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Once your face is clean and dry, use a concealer with a dry and thick consistency –it should almost be like a putty paste.* Unfortunately, you won’t find this type of concealer in a wand –they are usually available in tubes or pots. Once you’ve found the perfect base, use a small and fluffy brush that was dipped in the concealer and powder foundation to cover the whitehead as well as the area surrounding it.
If the whitehead refuses to be covered with the concealer, there is another trick you could use –but only if the pimple is found in a spot like the chin or near the mouth. Use a black eyeliner and turn the pimple into a mole.
*As per makeup artist Mally Roncal, “the wetter and more slippery a concealer is, the harder it is to adhere to that bubble.”
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are a type of acne known as comedones; comedones are another term for clogged hair follicles. Compared to the closed pores in whiteheads, blackheads are uncovered and remain exposed to the air. When the pores are open, the sebum inside it oxidizes when it comes into contact with air. This makes the sebum hard and once the air mixes with the skin pigment called melanin, the top forms a dark color which can appear as brown, gray or as in most cases, black.
How to Hide a Blackhead?
It’s recommended to start with a natural face scrub – remember to be very careful and don’t scrub your skin excessively. Once the nose is dry, you can apply a cream or liquid foundation in thin layers. If you think it needs some more coverage, add some concealer and pat it properly so that it blends with the foundation.