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10 Products That Work Better Than Concealer

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    No matter what makeup look or trend you’re trying to tackle in the morning, if you wake up to a breakout, all of your attention immediately shifts from picking an eyeliner to figuring out how to hide your lumps and bumps from the world.

    Generally speaking, no one likes a caked-on makeup look. Even if we spent two straight hours caking on a face, we sure as hell don’t want anyone to know it — or be able to tell. So, when it comes to pesky pimples, we’re always on the lookout for any and every trick to cover up our breakouts without looking like there's an inch of makeup involved.

    While there are plenty of great concealers out there to help with this, there are also plenty of other great products that help hide your zits and make concealers look like total amateur hour — rather than spackling on the cover-up, these tips and shortcuts will make sure the world never knows there was a pimple there at all.

    We called upon some of our makeup-artist and Instagram-influencer friends to spill on their favorite tricks to help reduce inflammation, flatten pimples, and even fill in acne scars. So you can get back to that very important eyeliner saga.

    The grown-up guide to dealing with acne. Read more from The Acne Diaries here.


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    Pink Lipliner
    When a face flare-up happens, the pockmarks left behind are almost as bad as the zit itself. That's when makeup artist Matthew Vanleeuwen, who works with Natalie Dormer and Keke Palmer on the regular, reaches for a peachy or pink lipliner for those acne scars. “When it comes to acne scars and deep pores, I found that a pale, peachy/pink lipliner slightly lighter than your own skin color can literally erase a scar or a deep pore. Make sure the pencil is well-sharpened and apply the color into the deep pore or scar. The liner helps fill the hole while the peachy/pink cancels the darkness of the shadow.”

    Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Tender Pink, $19, available at Sephora.

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    A Q-Tip Dipped in Hot Water
    Instagram star Ellarie's unconventional trick is one of the easiest you'll ever try. "Whenever I feel a pimple coming or I have a large one, I put a Q-Tip under really hot water then press it right on the bump. It usually prevents a new pimple from forming if I catch it in time, or it will shrink it down, no product needed!”

    Q-Tips Cotton Swabs, $2.69, available at Walmart.

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    Green Color Corrector
    YouTube guru and special-effects artist Lex Fleming of MadeYewLook actually struggled with severe acne in high school, so she’s a professional at concealing breakouts. She suggests that using a green color corrector before your foundation will cut out the red without piles of makeup. Fleming recommends applying a light layer of green color corrector to “correct” the redness and then neutralize the color before finishing with foundation for a more natural, less crimson look.

    Cover Fx Correct Click in Green, $18, available at Cover Fx.

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    Cortisone
    Makeup artist Deanna Melluso — who has worked on all of the top models for countless editorials — told us to that her secret of choice is dabbing Cortisone on a zit for a few minutes to help reduce it before applying any makeup. “This way you’ll dry it out and shrink it a bit before starting the face,” Melluso said.

    Aveeno 1% Cortisone Anti-Itch Cream, $6.99, available at Walgreens.

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    Dermaflage
    If you have deep acne scars, then special effects secret weapon Dermaflage was made for you. It was originally created for Hollywood (to stand up to those HD cameras) to help actors fill in wrinkles and hide scars on film, but now it’s available to the masses for exactly the same purpose. The product literally fills the recessed area of the skin to create a smooth surface, concealing the mark. The formula keeps it flexible so it moves around and looks like skin — and you can cover it with your foundation to blend with the rest of your makeup.

    Dermaflage Starter Kit, $60, available at Dermaflage.