There’s no good part of a zit. There’s the pimple itself. Then, there’s the popping of the pimple — because really, rare is the zit that just disappears on its own. But the last step might be the worst: The scab. It’s almost impossible to make a crusty nub (sorry) disappear into smooth, flawless skin. But armed with the right advice, you might just be able to make it through your day without a well-meaning person trying to brush the “dirt” off your face.
Set Your Scab Up for Success
Really, a scab needs all the TLC it can get. After all, it’s there to protect the remnants of your pimple and prevent scarring and further infections. So first, hands off. Try giving yourself a mani or uploading a new app — anything to keep your fingers busy and away from your face. It’s to your benefit, since if it comes off too early, “it can leave the skin underneath raw or ooze-y,” says makeup artist Jenny Patinkin. “Then, your makeup won’t stick to it and you won’t be able to hide it at all.” In the A.M., prep it with a rich moisturizer, which both softens the skin and helps your foundation glide on more smoothly. “Drying it out seems like it’ll make it go away faster, but it actually prolongs the healing process,” says Jenny.
Choose the Right Concealer Formula
The concealer formula is key to keeping your scab under wraps. “A thin, watery concealer won’t give enough coverage or staying power,” explains Jenny. Instead, she suggests going for a thick, creamier formula like Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste Brightening Concealer, which, she says, is the perfect combo of dense but malleable. You should also make sure that it’s either the same shade as or a touch darker than your skin tone (or, if you wear foundation, your foundation). Even though most concealers — especially those for the under-eye area — are designed to be a little lighter than your natural color, that’ll have the opposite of the desired effect for this issue. “A lighter shade will make the scab stand out even more, but a slightly darker one helps it recede into the background,” explains Jenny.
Work With a Light Hand
Tiny brushes are great for a lot of things — dusting off stray eyeshadow, tightlinng, and, of course, applying the tiniest amounts of concealer. The best brush for this? One with a very pointed tip, like this. “You can set the concealer right into the little cracks and then start to build it up,” says Jenny. “Eventually, you begin to smooth out the surface. If the brush is too big you risk adding too much product, which only accentuates the bump.
The original article is at: teenvogue.com