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Pockmarked skin is a painful reminder of skin problems. It can be unsightly and detract from your appearance. Today's makeup products are lighter and easier to apply, and with the proper use, they will disguise facial pockmarks. The key is to use a light touch when applying them and work in layers to create a natural look.

Wash your face and apply an oil-free moisturizer to help your makeup go on smoothly and set better.

Dab a light layer of concealer on dark spots and pockmarks. Avoid using too much in the first layer; it will crack when it dries. Blend gently with a facial sponge.

Put a bit of foundation on your finger or your sponge and apply it lightly over the concealer. Blend with the sponge. Use a shade that's close to your skin tone.

Reapply a bit of concealer to pockmarks or dark areas if needed, and blend it with the sponge.

Apply the foundation to the rest of your face. Blend using upward stokes over your face. Apply a light layer of foundation to the area under your chin toward your neck, and blend it with the sponge to get an even look and to avoid a line where your makeup ends.

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Use a large, soft brush to dust your face with loose finishing powder. This will set the makeup, discourage shine, and give your skin a smooth, even appearance.

Tip

Wash makeup sponges daily with soap and water, or use disposable sponges or cotton balls to avoid spreading bacteria on your skin. Clean your finishing brush frequently by soaking it in alcohol. Rinse well with water, and let it air dry.

Match your skin tone as closely as possible when choosing concealer and foundation. Use a translucent finishing powder to retain the makeup color.

Use a darker-tone lipstick and a bit of blush on your cheekbones to draw attention to those areas.

Warning

Resist the temptation to fill pockmarks with concealer or foundation. This never looks good once it dries. Instead, use light layers and apply several so your skin is an even color.