I wanted to share something that I thought would be helpful for you guys who have terrible post-acne scabbing like I do. It was really frustrating for me for a long time because I couldn't cover it with makeup effectively, but I found a way! If you guys also have effective ways of covering scabs too, please share!
Here's what I do to cover scabs:
1. Before putting on ANY makeup, make sure your face is well moisturized; and add an extra little dot of moisture onto the scabs that you want to conceal. Let it absorb.
2. This is important: use a primarily silicone primer! Go for a primer that has mostly silicones in it. Dot or pat a teeny bit of primer onto and around the scab. This effectively smoothes out the scab and creates a barrier between the scab and the makeup to allow it to heal better.
A primer that I use (that's not really a primer but is cheap and contains all the ingredients of a silicone primer) is Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. Other examples included Smashbox Photofinish and Make Up For Ever HD Perfecting Primer. Drugstore priced silicone primers are Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Luminizing Face Primer/Neutralizer and L'Oreal's Studio Secret line of primers. I went for Monistat because it was $7 for 1.5oz.
3. If you wear liquid or cream foundation, apply that all over the face first. If you wear powder foundation (like I do!), conceal first, then apply foundation after. Here, use a full coverage wax based concealer to conceal; I use MAC StudioFinish Concealer,
Using your fingertip, pat concealer directly on top of the scab, and carefully blend it onto the skin around the scab. (You can use a brush, but I find a fingertip more effective at applying and blending.)
Other examples are stick concealers or ones that tend to have a very thick waxy consistency. Product examples are Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick, and Maybelline Cover Stick Waterproof Concealer.
4. Set it with powder. You should be good to go! I use Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15.
Hope this is helpful!
Edited by adalyn, 06 November 2011 - 08:48 AM.