I swear, nothing is worse than doing your makeup and a pimple (or pimples) is still visible, despite your best efforts to hide those little shits. Even though nobody probably notices them but you, you noticing them is enough to make you feel like garbage about your skin.
If you've been in this situation (we all have, it's OK), don't worry, here's a list of amazing skin products to make sure your zits don't show:
1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
This stuff is a godsend, seriously. For $17 per bottle, it's beyond worth the money.
If you have a whitehead, then before bed (after cleansing and toning), just dip a cotton swab into the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle (don't shake it, don't shake it, DON'T SHAKE IT). Dab it on the whitehead, but don't rub it into your skin.
Let it dry and then rinse it off in the morning, and voila! The whitehead should either be totally gone, or no longer a whitehead and drastically reduced in size.
This is perfect because it either eliminates the zit, or makes it smaller so it's more manageable for the makeup I'm about to recommend to you.
2. NYX Color Correcting Palette
I am of the firm belief that everybody should have this $12 palette to begin with, but if you don't, it is a lifesaver. With a range of shades for skin tone correction, the green in particular is amazing for when you have pimples.
After all, in art theory, red and green are complimentary colors, right? Stands to reason that if you put some of the green on a red zit, it'll cancel out the red! Very handy if you're struggling to keep an even skin tone with a breakout.
3. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation
My favorite thing about this $14 foundation is that you get to determine what kind of coverage you want (granted, a lot of products do that nowadays, but this one is great). You want sheer coverage? Only use a little bit. You want full coverage? Use more of it.
It comes in a range of shades, and will carry its weight covering up those zits. Seriously, you'll be amazed (just remember to match the shade to your neck, not your face!).
4. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
OK, this is the most important product on this list, tbh. This stuff is unbelievable. I am halfway through my first tube and already bought a backup for when I run out. I can't even believe it.
This concealer, I don't know how it does it, but it covers everything. My zits? Pfffft. What zits? No idea what you're talking about, nope, I didn't just slap some of this on and buff it out or anything, no way.
Seriously though, the ShapeTape concealer also hides the bags under my eyes, everything. It comes in a range of shades, and you can apparently highlight and contour with it? I've never tried, but good to know!
5. Morphe E25 Brush
With all of these great makeup products, you need a good brush to buff them out without messing up your look. Morphe brushes are perfect for this, with gorgeous, lightweight brushes that get the job done.
I usually prefer a flat, dense brush, but the $14.99 E25 brush is perfect for blending foundation and concealer, and even has the smaller brush on the opposite end for those tinier spots. Your pimples will be so well concealed you'll forget you have them.
If you don't have a Morphe brush already, I totally recommend you get out and get yourself one. Get a whole set if you can, honestly.