Now, if your breakout is off the blackhead variety (or is not super raised or inflamed), you’ll likely be able to cover ‘em up with a simple wash of foundation or tinted moisturizer. However, people typically have problems covering up the larger, angry mounds: Those require just a touch more skill.
First, take your concealer du jour—ideally one that’s thicker and heavily pigmented. The idea is that you want to use as little of the product as possible, so a concealer that’s too transparent is sort of defeating the purpose: See, when you have to load up on the formula just to get the color payoff you’re looking for, that’s when you get the “cakey” affect.
With freshly washed fingers (because, duh oil and bacteria) gently dab said concealer to the top of the zit and tap until it’s pressed into and fully blended on the skin. Be precise with these movements: Start directly over the zit and spread the formula out in a circular motion as needed to cover up the surrounding red area. Let this set (read: dry down fully).
Now, take a small clean eyeshadow brush and a powder foundation (this can be loose or pressed, whatever you have). Swirl your eyeshadow brush until you pick up a medium amount of powder and the tap that over your pimple. This step is crucial for a few reasons: First, you’re setting the concealer so it stays longer. Second, you’re mattifying the area so you’re absorbing any excess oil or shine. Finally, and most importantly, you’re blurring the area with the powder, so you’re less likely to see the raised zit. See, with inflamed acne, even if you cover up the pimple you may still notice it because of texture changes. However, by burying the area these don’t seem as harsh.
The final step? Go about your merry way.