How to conceal craters on the face

Facial craters, or acne scars, will leave a person of any age feeling self-conscious. There are permanent dermatological remedies for facial craters, including microdermabrasion and laser surgery, but these are expensive fixes that might require several visits to a specialist's office. The proper use of make-up on acne scars will provide a temporary, quick fix to cover the unwanted craters.

Select a concealer, foundation and facial powder that best match your skin tone. Choose products that are labelled "noncomedogenic". These products will not clog pores and will help to prevent future breakouts.

Wash your face with a cleanser that is specially formulated for your skin type. Rinse away the cleanser and pat your face dry with a soft cloth. Apply a light moisturiser to the face and allow it to dry for two to three minutes.

Apply concealer directly to the acne scars. Use your fingers or a make-up sponge to apply a thin coating to the affected areas: using too much will make the concealer appear caked on. Gently work the concealer into your skin.

Allow the concealer to set for one to two minutes. Using a make-up sponge, begin at the chin and apply a light covering of foundation to the entire face with upward strokes. Do not overuse the foundation, especially on the areas that are covered by the concealer.

Allow the foundation to set for one to two minutes before finishing the look with a light dusting of pressed powder. Concentrate the powder on areas that are more prone to shine, including the forehead, chin and nose.


Wash your make-up off before going to bed to prevent future breakouts. Avoid picking, popping or squeezing pimples to prevent facial craters from forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Facial cleanser
  • Soft cloth
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Make-up sponges
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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.