How To Cover Pitted Acne Scars With Makeup: 3 Best Makeups Reviewed

How to cover pitted acne scars with makeup

We all want to have flawless and Instagram filtered skin. But the truth is that a lot of people go through too much struggle in order to achieve that.

Makeup for Pitted Acne Scars Before After

Acne, chicken pox and other skin conditions can leave the skin deeply or slightly scarred. Pockmarks are painful reminders of the skin problems you used to battle in the past.

Some people simply have wider pores that give the skin a rough look and make them feel unattractive. Knowing how to cover pitted acne scars with makeup can be a life savior.

3 Best Makeup for Pitted Acne Scars

Take a quick look at our top 3 concealers:

Subconsciously people might try to use tons of products in order to have flawless and smooth looking skin. But this is actually a big mistake and can make your skin look cakey.

Think of it, when you have textured skin, you basically want something that would smooth out the texture. You don’t need to add layers of products on top of each other that would add to the texture of your skin.

After 34 hours of research and testing we have handpicked 3 makeup concealers that are specifically work great for pitted acne scars. Without further ado, let’s jump on the list.

1. Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 30

This full coverage cream foundation comes with SPF 30 sunscreen protection. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend you to try Dermablend Cover Cream. Dermablend Cover Cream blends smoothly and stays up to 16 hours without being cakey.

This concealer has been tested by dermatologists, thus its a great choice for woman with allergic skin type. I particularly found this foundation pretty easy to apply.


  • Keep your skin hydrated
  • Great for covering hyperpigmentation and vitiligo
  • Fragrance free
  • Free from harmful chemicals like parabens
  • Good range of shades


  • Doesn’t work well with dry skin
  • You need to use setting power for best result

3. Un Cover-Up All Natural Concealer and Foundation – RMS Beauty Foundation and Concealer

We absolutely love RMS Beauty’s Un Cover-Up All Natural Concealer and Foundation because of its organic non-toxic ingredients in an affordable price point. The natural pigments of this lightweight concealer blends smoothly on your skin.

The key organic ingredients of Un-Cover Up concealer include beewax, coconut oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter. It covers wider pores and pockmarks pretty well.


  • Raw pigment blends with any skin tone
  • Needs little amount and lasts for a long time
  • Works perfectly as under eye concealer too
  • Prevent pores from clogging or breaking out


  • You need to use a primer for dry skin
  • Doesn’t work good with brushes

3. bareMinerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20

The first thing I felt about bareMinerals Correcting Concealer that it blends seamlessly. Considering its low price point, the coverage it will give you is just wow. The creamy concealer does an outstanding job to hide acne marks, dark circles and sun spots.

bareMinerals is popular for their lightweight makeups and foundations and this concealer is no exception. Moreover, this also comes with SPF 20 which protects your skin for sun. Only a little amount of this makeup will give you full coverage.


  • Subtle, natural looking coverage
  • Affordable, cheapest in this list
  • Great for covering pitted acne scars
  • No artificial oil
  • No toxic chemicals


  • Doesn’t provide enough moisture
  • Not good for under eye dark circle coverage

How To Cover Pitted Acne Scars With Makeup

The key to conceal and cover pockmarks, pitted acne scars and pores is not about only using the concealers. Concealers are great to hide any kinds of spots in your face. However, there’s something more. In fact, by following few simple and easy to achieve tips will help you get the look you’ve always wanted.

*In the last section, you will find a step-by-step video tutorial on how you can apply makeup foundation/concealer to hide acne scars.

1. Prepare Your Skin:

Some acne medications work by reducing the oil production in your glands. This might leave your skin dry. You need to apply a moisturizer and let it completely dry before proceeding to the next step. Choose one that doesn’t irritate your skin and is formulated to hydrate sensitive skin. Some heavy moisturizers might cause breakouts so stay away from those.

2. Create a Smooth Canvas:

Covering Acne Scars Using Concealer Makeup

A lot of people think that a primer is a beauty scam that high-end brands are trying to pull off in order to charge us with more money. They are wrong. Using a good primer can make a big difference to the way your makeup looks until the end of the day.

A primer basically smooths out your skin and creates an even canvas for the rest of the products that will follow. Your foundation and concealer will glide on smoother and you will have a fresh and filtered look at the end. Primers simply fill in some of the emptiness that you have due to pockmarks, fine lines and pores. They also help your makeup last longer. Make sure that you pick one that works with your skin and let it dry before applying anything on top.

3. Applying Corrector:

Correctors are cosmetic products that are meant to deal with the discoloration of your skin. If you suffer from slightly dark pockmarks, you can use a salmon or orange-red concealer to cover them up, depending on your skin tone. Some people have red marks where their acne used to be. For them, a green corrector is a perfect solution. Use a concealer brush and a light hand to pat in your product. Don’t swirl it around.

If you have no discoloration, you can either add your concealer before or after the foundation. I actually prefer to add my concealer before the foundation. It adds a little bit of coverage before applying any other product, which can help me get away with less foundation without showing my scars off. Use a concealer brush to pat the product into your skin and filling any emptiness. Use a shade that matches your skin tone and foundation.

4. Using the Right Makeup Concealer and the Best Technique:

Check out this insanely helpful video tutorial to know how to apply makeup foundation or concealer to cover up pitted acne scars.

Always apply your eye foundation before applying your foundation. This will help you remove any eyeshadow or eyeliner marks that accidentally find their way to your face. When it comes to picking your foundation, there are actually a lot of products and options that you can choose from.

A good airbrush makeup system will apply your foundation flawlessly to give you a filtered look. Airbrush foundation is usually airy and lightweight. Moreover, you have the option to mix and match until you get the perfect shade. It is a great investment if you tan a lot and want to use one product all year round. It is also very easy to use.

If you are not a big fan of airbrush makeup, you can always apply your favorite liquid or stick foundation. Stick foundations tend to provide more coverage while liquid foundations are lighter.

You can go for a matte, satin or dewy finish depending on how you like to wear your makeup. Use a stippling brush to push the product into the skin to cover all the pockmarks. After that, you can use a damp makeup sponge to blend it out.

Remember to pat and not to rub as this can move the product. You can use a makeup setting spray on your sponge to make your makeup last longer. Add a little bit of under-eye concealer to brighten the under-eye area. Use a shade that is lighter than your skin tone.

5. Let it All Set:

Use a soft brush to set your makeup using loose powder. Compact powder will be too much on top of all the other products and can make your makeup look cakey. You can spray some setting spray to make sure that everything is perfect.

Avoid applying too many layers of one product at the same time. Let the product dry first and see if you need any. Using a light hand you can build several layers of your makeup to achieve a smooth look. It is all about using the right products and techniques.

I hope this tutorial will help you to hide those scars. Lets try these tips and let me know the result in comment section. Cheers!

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