How To Cover Pitted Acne Scars With Makeup

We all want to have flawless and Instagram filtered skin. But the truth is that a lot of people go through too much struggle in order to achieve this. Acne, chicken pox and other skin conditions can leave the skin deeply or slightly scarred. Pockmarks are painful reminders of the skin problems you used to battle in the past. Some people simply have wider pores that give the skin a rough look and make them feel unattractive. Knowing how to cover pitted acne scars with makeup can be a life savior.

Subconsciously people might try to use tons of products in order to have flawless and smooth looking skin. But this is actually a big mistake and can make your skin look cakey.

Think of it, when you have textured skin, you basically want something that would smooth out the texture. You don’t need to add layers of products on top of each other that would add to the texture of your skin.

How To Cover Pitted Acne Scars With Makeup

Covering Pitted Acne Scars With Makeup


The key to conceal and cover pockmarks, pitted acne scars and pores is not about using the most expensive products on the market. In fact, there are some simple and easy to achieve tips that will help you get the look you’ve always wanted.

1. Prepare Your Skin:

Some acne medications work by reducing the oil production in your glands. This might leave your skin dry. You need to apply a moisturizer and let it completely dry before proceeding to the next step. Choose one that doesn’t irritate your skin and is formulated to hydrate sensitive skin. Some heavy moisturizers might cause breakouts so stay away from those.

2. Create a Smooth Canvas:

A lot of people think that a primer is a beauty scam that high-end brands are trying to pull off in order to charge us with more money. They are wrong. Using a good primer can make a big difference to the way your makeup looks until the end of the day.

A primer basically smoothes out your skin and creates a smooth canvas for the rest of the products that will follow. Your foundation and concealer will glide on smoother and you will have a fresh and filtered look at the end. Primers simply fill in some of the emptiness that you have due to pockmarks, fine lines and pores. They also help your makeup last longer. Make sure that you pick one that works with your skin and let it dry before applying anything on top.

3. Applying Corrector or Concealer:

Correctors are cosmetic products that are meant to deal with the discoloration of your skin. If you suffer from slightly dark pockmarks, you can use a salmon or orange-red concealer to cover them up, depending on your skin tone. Some people have red marks where their acne used to be. For them, a green corrector is a perfect solution. Use a concealer brush and a light hand to pat in your product. Don’t swirl it around.

If you have no discoloration, you can either add your concealer before or after the foundation. I actually prefer to add my concealer before the foundation. It adds a little bit of coverage before applying any other product, which can help me get away with less foundation without showing my scars off. Use a concealer brush to pat the product into your skin and filling any emptiness. Use a shade that matches your skin tone and foundation.

4. Using the Right Foundation and the Best Technique:

Always apply your eye foundation before applying your foundation. This will help you remove any eyeshadow or eyeliner marks that accidentally find their way to your face. When it comes to picking your foundation, there are actually a lot of products and options that you can choose from.

A good airbrush makeup system will apply your foundation flawlessly to give you a filtered look. Airbrush foundation is usually airy and lightweight. Moreover, you have the option to mix and match until you get the perfect shade. It is a great investment if you tan a lot and want to use one product all year round. It is also very easy to use.

If you are not a big fan of airbrush makeup, you can always apply your favorite liquid or stick foundation. Stick foundations tend to provide more coverage while liquid foundations are lighter.

You can go for a matte, satin or dewy finish depending on how you like to wear your makeup. Use a stippling brush to push the product into the skin to cover all the pockmarks. After that, you can use a damp makeup sponge to blend it out.

Remember to pat and not to rub as this can move the product. You can use a makeup setting spray on your sponge to make your makeup last longer. Add a little bit of under-eye concealer to brighten the under-eye area. Use a shade that is lighter than your skin tone.

5. Let it All Set:

Use a soft brush to set your makeup using loose powder. Compact powder will be too much on top of all the other products and can make your makeup look cakey. You can spray some setting spray to make sure that everything is perfect.

Avoid applying too many layers of one product at the same time. Let the product dry first and see if you need any. Using a light hand you can build several layers of your makeup to achieve a smooth look. It is all about using the right products and techniques.