Illustration: Peter ArkleBy Jenny Bailly
How to Treat a Mosquito Bite (in the Middle of Your Forehead)
Dab a 1 percent hydrocortisone ointment on the bump as soon as you notice it to bring down the inflammation and redness. (If you're willing to pop a pill, an antihistamine, like Zyrtec, will also help reduce swelling.) Once you've treated the bite, cover it as you would a pimple. Here's makeup artist Troy Surratt's strategy:
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- Use a small synthetic makeup brush to dab creamy concealer over the bite. Brush the concealer up and down and side to side so it blends into the skin.
- Pat the concealer with your ring finger a couple of times to remove any excess.
- Take a sponge wedge and dab on a translucent powder to set the concealer.
Illustration: Peter ArkleHow to Treat a Killer Blister
To pop, or not to pop, that is the question. The dermatologists we spoke with answered: Pop.
"The blister will heal more readily if you drain it yourself than if it rips open later," says Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Sterilize a needle (by dipping it in rubbing alcohol or holding it in a flame) and use it to make a tiny puncture hole in the blister. Let the liquid (it's just water) drain out, then cover with a Band-Aid. Change the Band-Aid daily, until the skin has healed. And in the meantime, don't wear shoes that could irritate the spot.
Illustration: Peter ArkleHow to Deal With a Breakout on Your Chest
For individual pimples, dab on a concentrated concealer with a fine-pointed makeup brush. Body makeup can look thick on the chest and back, so choose a face formula instead. Makeup artist Surratt loves Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($45)-it comes in 16 shades, and a little goes a long way. Use a translucent powder to set the concealer.
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For more diffuse breakouts, apply a powder foundation (like Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation, $28, or Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup, $14) all over the offending area with a large fluffy brush.
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