The morning of your prom you wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed. You found the perfect prom dress that you are positive nobody else will be wearing. You lost those last five pounds and you’re feeling really great about your body. As your stroll past the mirror to take your shower, you do a double-take.
What is that gigantic red welt on your chin?
There must be some kind of unwritten natural law that states blemishes and pimples should rise up and overwhelm the face immediately before important events, like proms, weddings, meetings, and dates. Your first instinct may be to get out your two fingers or two q-tips and pop the sucker. Instead of fighting it and giving yourself an even bigger red welt, why not simply conceal it with one of the following methods.
If the unfortunate blemish or pimple pops out a day or two before your big event, you are lucky you can take some quick action to reduce its size. Be sure to wash your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser when you first wake up, after any workouts and right before you go to bed at night. After washing your face at night, apply some toothpaste (be sure it is in paste form and not gel form) directly on the pimple.
Leave the toothpaste on overnight and then wash off the next morning. The toothpaste will have a drying effect on your pimple, often causing the pimple to reduce in size. Do this each night until the blemish has vanished. Some blemish veterans also suggest putting a dab of hemorrhoid cream directly on the blemish to reduce inflammation. However, be careful about putting hemorrhoid cream or toothpaste anywhere near the eye area.
If you have less time and need to make an appearance later on in the evening, the first rule is not to mess with the blemish or attempt to pop it. By doing so, the pimple will only look more irritated and, naturally, more noticeable. In order to reduce the inflammation and help in concealment, you can try one of several things. You can apply a drop or two of the eye medication Visine on your pimple to help minimize the redness. Some also suggest rubbing an ice cube over the affected area to help reduce the inflammation.
Quite a few tea lovers feel that tea is not only good for the soul, it is good for the complexion. Try placing a tea bag in a cup of warm water. Gently squeeze the excess water out of the teabag and then place it over the blemish. This will help reduce any redness. One other way to make the pimple appear smaller is to place a small washcloth under the hot water. When it is thoroughly soaked with the hot water, place it over your blemish. This will help steam out the impurities and give your blemish the illusion of being smaller than it actually is.
The point of concealing a blemish is to make it appear as if it does not even exist. While I will point out how to achieve this look with makeup, it is vital that you apply one of the previous methods in order to help minimize the size and redness of the blemish itself.
First, wash your face thoroughly with your favorite cleanser. Apply a thin layer of lotion over your face to help with any dryness. Using a Q-tip, apply a tiny amount of concealer directly on the pimple. Be sure not to layer it on as this will only serve to accentuate the blemish. You will also want to pick a concealer that is as close to your skin tone as possible.
Once the concealer is on, dab a small amount of loose powder over your face to help give your skin a smooth appearance. You will forget you even had a pimple after utilizing these techniques.Once the concealer