If you're worried about a blemish making an appearance on your wedding day, don't be. Think of all of the celebrities who are perpetually photographed on red carpets, and are watched on high-definition television and movie screens: They breakout at inopportune times, too, but never once have we seen evidence of this, thanks to the makeup artists who expertly hide them. "Not only does this happen all of the time with red-carpet clients, but it happened to me on my wedding day," says makeup artist Gita Bass, who works with celebrities like Elizabeth Olsen and Julianne Moore. "The stress of a big event can often lead to a breakout, so it's very common." Here, Bass tells us how we can hone her blemish-disappearing technique. Start practicing now and you'll know exactly what to do the morning of your wedding.
Reduce swelling and redness.
Put a drop of Visine Original Redness Relief directly onto the pimple to reduce inflammation. Ice cubs can also decrease swelling, but Bass says to dab it gently for no longer than two minutes because leaving it on for too long can break capillaries and increase redness.
Prep with skincare.
Hydrated skin is essential for flawless coverage: the smoother the base, the more seamless your skin will look, blemish or no blemish, Bass says. You should make sure, however, that you don't use products that are too greasy, otherwise your concealer can slide right off of the spot. (Also good to know: Avoid using any spot treatments, because they'll dry out your skin and make the blemish harder to disguise.) Start with a primer—Bass recommends Simple Skincare Hydrating Booster, as it hydrates without sitting on skin and disturbing makeup. Next, apply moisturizer—we love Tatcha The Water Cream—and wait a few minutes for it to absorb before putting on makeup.
"Concealer goes on top, because foundation tends to remove the concealer if you put it on after," Bass says.
Cover, don't cake.
Choose a concealer that's thick and creamy but dries to a matte finish. "I love Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer and NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer," Bass says. "Both are like magic wands—they completely conceal blemishes and look totally natural." Apply a dot of concealer onto a small, firm concealer brush directly to the spot, working outward until the skin is no longer red. "Never apply too much concealer, as it will draw more attention to the spot," she says. "Then, blend only the edges around the spot, so you don't remove product from the spot." Set the concealer with translucent powder. (Our pick: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.)
Finish your look.
"If you play up your eyes, it will draw attention away from spots around the mouth and chin, but if you're in love with a red lipstick, just go for it," Bass says. "I don't believe in too many rules on your wedding day. Cover the pimple, ignore it, and carry on!"