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How to Cover Up a Scab on the Face

Updated November 21, 2016

Having a scab on your face can be frustrating. Whether the scab is from an old pimple or a wound, scabs can make anyone feel self-conscious in a social situation and can distract from the beauty of your face. While most body scabs can be covered with a band-aid, band-aids are usually not viable options for covering a facial scab. However, with a little facial make-up and the proper application, most facial scabs can be effectively disguised.

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  1. Purchase a high-quality concealer from a local chemist or make-up retailer. The concealer should match your skin tone and be non-comedogenic (not causing clogged pores) so that it does not irritate the scab or wound on your face.

  2. Soak a regular cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Carefully rub the cotton ball on the scab and allow the area to dry for approximately one minute. Follow up with an antibacterial cream; this will not only help with the healing process of the wound but will leave the scab softer for the make-up application.

  3. Clean your hands with soap and water, take a clean finger, and dip it into the concealer. Carefully dab the concealer on top of the scab, attempting to cover the scab as efficiently as possible. Do not rub the concealer in; simply dab. Continue this process until at least two layers of concealer have been applied, and let dry.

  4. Apply liquid foundation to a make-up sponge. Dab the foundation onto the scab and gently blend the make-up around the scab; do not rub the make-up on aggressively as it can cause the concealer to fade or the scab to come off. Continue applying and blending the make-up to your entire face so your complexion looks even.

  5. Allow the make-up to dry for several minutes, and then apply a second coat of liquid foundation on top of the scab, if it is still visible. If adding bronzer or blush on top of the scab, apply gently with a soft brush.

  6. Tip

    If you are applying pressed powder to your face after the make-up application, make sure you do not rub the scab. Press straight down on the scab with the powder, as rubbing can irritate the scab or remove the concealer. Be very gentile when applying make-up to the scab so as not to rip it open or irritate the wound. If the scab is open, avoid putting make-up on, if possible, as this can put the scab at risk for infection. Never pick at the scab on your face, even once the make-up is applied; it will only make the scab look worse.

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Things You'll Need

  • Non-comedogenic concealer
  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Liquid foundation
  • Make-up sponge

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