How to conceal craters on the face

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How to conceal craters on the face
Concealing acne scars begins with clean skin. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Facial cleanser
  • Soft cloth
  • Facial moisturiser
  • Make-up sponges

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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