Conquering your pimples is one struggle; the scarring and discoloration they leave is another. The aftermath of a breakout lingers long after the inflammation has subsided, taking weeks (sometimes months!) to fade away. For those who have no patience—and instead, have places to see and be seen—makeup is your quick fix. Here’s how to erase those insufferable scars in five foolproof steps!

1. START WITH A DEPENDABLE PRIMER

Before applying any kind of color, use a good face primer. Primers smooth over the problem areas of textured (read: acne-ridden) skin while also filling in large pores. They also ensure that the skin-perfecting products you apply stay put, right where you want them.
RECOS FOR EVERY BUDGET: Lancôme La Base, P2,350, Banila Co. Prime Primer Classic Matte, P1,060, NYX’s Shine Killer, P840

2. USE MATTE BASE MAKEUP

Dewy or shimmery products tend to accentuate texture, while matte products improve it. Use a long-wearing matte foundation with full coverage, which will help diminish the appearance of dark spots and pockmarks.
RECOS FOR EVERY BUDGET: Touch In Sol Sebum Control Foundation, P2,170, L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Liquid Foundation, P700, Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte, P499

3. DON’T SWIPE, STIPPLE!

Folks with clear skin often use “swiping” motions to apply their makeup, but when you have blemishes, you’ll want to concentrate the camouflaging action over certain areas by stippling. Stippling is a bouncing/patting/pressing motion and a great technique for blending product into uneven skin. Dip your stippling brush or sponge into liquid foundation and use it to distribute the product across your face. Then bounce-bounce-bounce the tool until you get a uniform base.
RECOS FOR EVERY BUDGET: Morphe E31 Deluxe Flat Buffer Brush, P1,300, Real Techniques Stippling Brush, P650, Swan Blueberries Stippling Blender, P200

4. COLOR-CORRECT BEFORE YOU CONCEAL

To prevent pesky acne marks from showing through flesh-toned makeup, you must color-correct. Use a peach-toned corrector underneath your regular concealer to neutralize brown spots left by dead pimples.
RECOS FOR EVERY BUDGET: Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate, P890, NYX Concealer Jar in Fair, P360, Suesh Corrector Pot in 212, P100

5. BE GENEROUS WITH THE SETTING SPRAY

Finally, seal your work in place with a makeup fixing spray. These sprays extend the life of your makeup without leaving a dry, cakey effect that some setting powders tend to. In short, they make sure the illusion of perfect skin lasts all day!
RECOS FOR EVERY BUDGET: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Setting Spray, P500, W7 The Fixer Face Spray, P299
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