3 Ways Men Can Use Makeup to Hide Pimples

Updated December 16, 2014.

When you’re in the midst of a really bad breakout, the next-best thing to healing pimples is concealing them.

Just because you’re a guy doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Here’s a little secret: there are cosmetics on the market made especially for men to conceal under-eye circles, pimples, and other imperfections.

Wearing makeup probably isn’t high on your to-do list. But before you completely discount the idea, think about all the male celebrities, actors, sports commentators and news anchors who wear makeup every day.

Cosmetic products will help tone down redness and camouflage breakouts without making you look “made-up.” If hiding acne would help you feel more comfortable and confident, you may want to give male cosmetics a try.

Get the Right Product

Concealer is the product used most often to hide pimples, under-eye circles, and other skin imperfections. Concealer comes in sticks, pots, tubes and wands. It’s dabbed onto individual pimples to tone down redness and blend it into the skin.

If you’re not ready to tackle concealer, you have other options to help tone down redness and blend away blemishes. Powders are easily applied and help even out skin tone.

Another super easy option is tinted moisturizer. If your acne treatment causes dryness, a moisturizer is a must anyway. Choose one that is skin-toned, and you’ll blend away acne redness and pimples with a quick application.

Keep It Natural

No matter which product you choose you’ll want to look natural, so start off with the right color. The cosmetic should match your skin tone or come as close as possible. This is especially important for concealer.

Not sure if the color is right for you? Apply a bit on the skin, and step outdoors. Sunlight makes it easy to determine if the color is a good match for your skin. Remember, it should blend naturally. If you can see where you applied the cosmetic, it’s not a good match for you.

Apply It Right

The right application is key to getting good results. Luckily, learning to apply cosmetics is fairly easy.

For concealers, dot a small amount on the area you’d like to conceal. Tap it lightly with your finger until it blends and looks natural.

Powders and moisturizers are even easier — just dust or rub into the face.

The most common mistake is applying too much. Over-application will give that dreaded “made-up” look. Apply very lightly, just enough to tone down redness and blend away pimples.

One more caveat: be careful if you apply a tinted product on the jawline or neck. It can easily rub onto your collar and leave a flesh-toned smudge.

Makeup Brands Just for Men:

  • The Men Pen
  • Menaji Men’s Undetectable
  • KenMen
  • 4VOO
  • Jean Paul Gaultier

Don’t be afraid to try your pimple-hiding options. Remember, there are plenty of men who are avid users of male cosmetics. They’re just not telling you!