Having a bad skin day can truly zap your confidence. You may become convinced that everyone is focused only on your skin's imperfections and judging you for your cleansing techniques. If this describes you, take heart. With a few supplies, you can cover up blemishes and help your skin heal.
Begin with a clean, dry face. While you may be tempted to scrub, scrape and dig at your skin to remove blemishes and scour away flaking skin, resist the impulse. Skin that's subjected to these harsh treatments often responds with yet more flaking, redness and infection. Instead, wash with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Next, apply an oil-free concealer to problem areas. Choose a concealer marked "non-comedogenic," which means it will not block your pores as it works. Apply the concealer in a thin layer, using a disposable makeup sponge. Do not press on your troubled spots, as you'll increase irritation. Toss the sponge when you're done, as it now holds bacteria that may reinfect your skin on a later day. Follow this concealer with a light layer of foundation, using another disposable makeup sponge. Choose a non-comedogenic foundation, and ensure that it is the same color as your skin. Apply this foundation evenly across your face, clear up to your hairline, and apply underneath your jaw as well. Keep the layer thin, and toss the sponge when you're done. Follow up with a light dusting of powder, in the same color as your skin. Use a large brush to apply the powder and don’t press on your skin. When you leave the house, face the day with a confident attitude and smile and remember that everyone has a bad skin day every now and again. When you return home, use a gentle cleanser to wash away your makeup layer. This allows your skin to breathe and recover.