Dear Functional Girl:
It seems like every time I have an important event I end up with a monstrous pimple the day before. There have to be some magic tricks to banish a last-minute blemish? -Sarah O.
Several years ago my bestie Julie woke up the day before a wedding with an unfortunate visitor. Panic stricken, she called me and we formed a simple plan of action. I have to tell you, the results were nothing short of amazing. By the next morning the size was reduced by 80% and we were able to completely conceal it with make-up. Therefore, I’m going to share Operation Blemish Be Gone with you.
Start by microwaving a wet washcloth for 20 seconds. You don’t want it scalding but you need some heat. Apply the cloth directly to the blemish. Once the cloth cools you can repeat the process for up to 30 minutes. If a head has already formed, this will soften and remove it. If you’re dealing with a large, red, painful bump, this will draw anything inside to the surface. Once the head is gone, gently wash the area and apply triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin). This will prevent infection, help it heal without leaving a scar, and keep the skin supple. Smooth skin is much easier to conceal than a scab.
If, however, you still have a large, red bump when you’re done with the washcloth then it’s time to switch tactics. Apply a purifying mask directly to the spot and leave on overnight. I like Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque as a cost-effective, cruelty-free choice – and it’s great for sensitive skin. A few hours before your event apply an ice cube to the spot for a couple of minutes. This will help bring down the swelling. Neutralize any remaining redness with a green-hued correcting product like e.l.f. Studio Corrective Concealer.
When it’s time to do your make-up, make sure to use a foundation primer first. Hard Candy Sheer Envy Perfecting Primer is a great option, as it addresses redness and creates a smooth barrier over any imperfections, thus creating a perfect canvas. After you apply your foundation, apply & blend concealer onto your spot(s). I’m a huge fan of the NYX Wonder Pencil. The coverage is amazing and it’s perfect for any skin type. Set your face with a finishing powder and catch that pumpkin coach to the ball!