Pimples, the arch enemy of any female. And why is it that as soon as you have an important event (i.e. date, wedding, picture day, etc) a big ole' honkin' zit decides it's attending and it didn't even RSVP (not that you have sent it an invite anyway)?!
There are many different forms of acne, which I'm not going to get into. Just know that you're not alone. I'm going to help you learn how to hide those pesky uninvited guests as well as how to camouflage some of the left over scarring.
First you need to figure out if you need to use a color corrector (referred to as corrector from here forward). What's corrector you ask? Correctors counteract specific flaws in the complexion. For example, a peachy/salmon colored corrector is what you would use on dark under eye circles because it counteracts the blue/green/purple color. For redness such as with acne, a green corrector counteracts the redness. If you do not have a good full coverage foundation, or if you have lots of redness, I would suggest using a corrector.
Once you've figured out if you need a corrector and you have gathered the rest of your arsenal (foundation, concealer and either pressed or translucent powder), it's time to get to work. The following steps should be done on a clean and moisturized face (face primer is optional, however I personally always use primer).
1. If you require corrector to counteract the redness of your acne; with a clean finger, dab the corrector on the red area. You want to use a dabbing/patting motion, NOT a rubbing motion.
2. Apply your foundation as you normally would. Do not rub or drag your foundation over the areas you've used the corrector. Pat or dab your foundation in those areas. If you rub/drag, you'll just move the corrector around which defeats the purpose of applying it.
3. If the corrector and foundation haven't sufficiently covered your acne, then that's when you break out the concealer (ha ha, see what I did there). Apply the concealer to the areas that need it, again with a dabbing motion. Extend the concealer slightly past the exact pimple so that it blends in with the rest of your face. You don't want a mound of product. The more product you apply to your acne, the more it will stand out (think 3D little mountains).
4. Set your makeup with a translucent or pressed powder and continue with the rest of your makeup.
If you have a lot of left over scarring from old acne, there are a few things you can try. I personally have found that the best remedy for this is to try and diminish the appearance of the scars through your skincare regimen. There are a couple of things that I find have helped to lessen the look of the scars but they do not completely get rid of them.
Bio-Oil helps lessen the look of scars, so does Vitamin E.
Exfoliating helps to remove the dead skin cells which helps lessen the look of how deep the scars are.
You can use store bought exfoliants or make your own.
If you find that you still want a little extra help, there are products you can use that act like fillers and help diminish the look of the scars (but again, they will not completely hide the scars). These products can also act as face primers (2 uses for the price of 1!) You would apply these products after moisturizing, before you start with any other makeup products.
Hopefully this has helped. If you have any questions, comments, feedback, feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.