I wish I wasn’t such an expert on this subject, but unfortunately I am. My skin has always been a rollercoaster ride since forever so it’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ve tried every concealer from every major cosmetics line out there. Because the thing is, covering breakouts is complicated because of so many different reasons. First, the color of the affected skin is darker than the rest of your skin, so getting it all to be the same shade is a challenge. Second, you need a consistency that isn’t oily so that it grabs onto the skin drying to an almost matte finish which gives it longevity so it doesn’t slide off. Apparently this is why there are endless choices for concealer. It’s a tough thing to get right.
IT Cosmetics recently figured out how to get it right. Their Bye Bye Breakout is one of the most comprehensive because of how well and how long it covers, along with how effectively it treats the actual breakout making skin look better. This dense, creamy liquid has some weight so it doesn’t thin out. I dab it over red marks and buff it out quickly with a brush (not a traditional taklon concealer brush which moves it around too much- they have a great one for this very thing), until all traces of red are completely gone. It’s easy to do because it’s a powerhouse of coverage with a weightless appearance and a matte finish that disappears into the skin completely covering any signs of redness. I then set it with their Bye Bye Breakout Powder.
The coverage is enough of a reason to love it, but it treats the blemish as well. It’s a concealer and drying lotion combined (you know those pink treatments that you wear overnight and apply with a Q-Tip?) which contains zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex. It’s a bunch of skin-healing and inflammation-reducing ingredients that’s so incredible because it’s truly equal parts cancel and treat which is a rare find.
A few tips:
– Grab a shade either exactly the color of your skin or a step lighter, I use Light and it works great. Going darker will only make the spot look more pronounced and will look obvious against your lighter overall skin tone.
– Set it. The general rule of makeup is to always set a cream with a powder to get longer wear. IT also sent over their Bye Bye Breakout Powder which is an incredible one. It’s a talc-free treatment that uses zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex to treat the blemish. It gives an airbrushed effect in what feels like a finely milled powder as good as any I’ve carried in my kit. It sets the concealer and make the skin look fresh and light, not heavy or cakey at all. You can of course set with any powder, but this one has additional treatment ingredients to heal acne too.
– Don’t over-do it. I use a little foundation, then spot treat with Bye Bye Breakout, then I apply the powder. I let the concealer do most of the covering where I need it most to get the most natural look possible. There’s nothing worse than a face full of cakey makeup.
If you’re struggling to cover breakouts, this is one you’ll want to try!
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