How Do I Conceal Problem Skin?

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While there's no fast fix for acne, eczema, or a bad sunburn, this cover-up advice from celebrity makeup artist and Neutrogena brand ambassador Amy Oresman will help skin look its best. Hint: It's all about the prep.


Make sure skin is hydrated by mixing equal parts oil-free moisturizer with a foundation containing pimple-fighting salicylic acid. Use your index finger to pat mixture into the skin. Let it sit for 30 seconds, then gently remove any dry skin flakes with tweezers. "Never use powder to set foundation," says Oresman, as the chalkiness factor can amplify blemishes. Try: Neutrogena Skinclearing Liquid Makeup ($14;


Squeeze a moisturizing cream cleanser onto a makeup-removing wipe, rub it over your face in a circular motion, then rinse with cold water. Blend moisturizer into skin with your fingertip. Next, combine a dollop of foundation with a pea-size amount of your moisturizer. Rub your hands together to blend, and then pat on to skin.


Rub fresh aloe vera over the burn, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then apply a creamy moisturizer on top. Select a foundation two tones darker than your normal skin tone to cover the redness. PSA: Wear a sunscreen daily to avoid burning in the first place.

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