When a pimple makes a surprise appearance on a very important day, our first instinct is to cry. Just kidding—we meant conceal. Spackle a color-correcting cream over that pesky sucker! But more often than not, when that concealer cakes, it only magnifies the one thing we’re trying to hide. And that’s when we cry.

Don’t cancel your date night just yet! You can disguise your big, red bump with these trade secrets.

STEP 1: APPLY ICE.

This step is optional, but it makes a huge difference. Take an ice cube from the freezer and dab it over your pimple. This will soothe some of the redness and even halt the swelling.

STEP 2: USE A COLOR-CORRECTING CONCEALER

We’re big fans of color correctors because they are able to neutralize blemishes of all shades when used in tandem with concealer. If your zit is the kind that pulsates red, spread a green-toned color corrector over it. You can use your finger or a small foundation brush—just dab-dab-dab it on the pimple until the harsh edges of the product disappear.

STEP 3: PROCEED WITH FOUNDATION.

In case you’re new to the wonderful world of foundation, check out this and this. Correct application will basically give your face a uniform color. Bye-bye, angry zit!

STEP 4: FINISH WITH POWDER.

To prevent your hard work from melting into a sludgy mess, seal it with a translucent powder. Resist the urge to pat extra product over your pimple—you’ve done enough.

THE SUMMARY

Yes, it’s extra work—but it’ll look like you didn’t even try.