There’s nothing worse than waking up to an unsightly spot on your face – and sometimes a simple swipe of concealer just won’t cut it.
Thankfully, help is now on hand as celebrity makeup artist Francesca Neill has shared her tips for covering every type of blemish.
Francesca, who has worked for the likes of American Idol and counts Cheryl as a fan, is a pro at hiding spots at the last minute and has revealed the exact products to use for every spot.
She told MailOnline FEMAIL how blackheads call for a matte foundation, while flaky spots are best treated with a hydrating mist before you begin piling on your daily makeup.
Expertise: Makeup artist Francesca Neill, who has worked for the likes of American Idol and counts Cheryl as a fan, reveals her guide to covering every type of spot and blemish
Here Francesca, who is also an ambassador for cosmetics giant COLLECTION, explains which products to use and when.
‘This needs a concealer with a thicker consistency to help adhere to the mound. Be as targeted as possible and use a precision brush for application.
‘You want to avoid covering any of the good skin around it and just keep the full-coverage concealer to the spot itself.
‘Keeping the heavy coverage just to the blemish helps creates the illusion of healthy skin overall as the rest of the face looks minimal, fresh and clean.
Francesca tells MailOnline FEMAIL how blackheads call for a matte foundation, while flaky spots are best treated with a hydrating mist before you pile on the makeup (file photo)
‘Use a finishing powder that matches your skin tone (rather than translucent) to set the area.’
What are the best ways to cover a spot?
Whiteheads Thick concealer applied with a precision brush, followed by finishing powder
Blackheads Matte foundation with a creamy concealer and powder foundation
Dry/ flaky Hydrating mist followed with moisturiser and a small amount of foundation
Oily Use a powder-based foundation and follow up with setting spray
Angry and red Green colour corrector followed by a yellow-based concealer
Picked Apply antibacterial gel and don’t apply makeup until it’s healed
Acne scar Conceal with full-coverage foundation and use fading products
Source: Francesca Neill
‘Avoid a dewy, radiant foundation as this will highlight rather than obscure. A matte-finish will make skin look smoother and you can add the radiance back in later with the liquid highlighter.
‘Layer with a creamy concealer and finish by setting with a dusting of powder foundation to set the area.’
DRIED OUT AND FLAKY
‘This one is all about the skin prep. You want to hydrate the area in order to make skin look as fresh as possible. Start with a hydrating mist and follow with a small amount of moisturiser over the affected area.
‘When it comes to foundation and concealer, apply sparingly. Adding layers of product is only going to dry out the area further, making it look even more flaky.’
‘If you have oily skin, stay away from oil-based foundations, concealer and moisturiser. It’s likely that these types of spots will need touch-ups during the day, so make sure you’re using a brush and cleaning it between uses in order to avoid transferring more bacteria to the area.
‘To help the concealer last longer, use a setting spray after the first application in the morning. This should help stop your makeup disappearing so quickly.’
ANGRY AND RED
‘Cancel out the redness with a green colour corrector. It’s easy to go overboard with colour corrector so apply a small amount directly to the blemish, and build up slowly if you need to add more.
Francesca, who is also an ambassador for cosmetics giant COLLECTION, explains why a powder-based concealer followed by a setting spray is best for oily spots
‘Next, apply yellow-based concealer and blend out the edges into the skin surrounding it.’
‘Firstly, try not to pick spots, it can cause scarring and will exposure it to bacteria. If you have picked it, clean the area gently and apply an anti-bacterial spot gel.
‘It’s best not to try apply any makeup products while it’s still an open wound as this could cause infection. Once it scabs over, use the same technique as covering a whitehead.’
‘Acne scarring tends to stick around which can be frustrating but most of the time all it takes is a full-coverage foundation to hide them.
‘The best solution is to address your skincare; start incorporating products that help to fade scars.’