Find the right concealer
“Cream concealers last longer and go on more easily—especially if the skin around a blemish is dry and flaky,” says celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, whose clients include Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige and Vanessa Williams. One the pros use: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28; lauramercier.com)
Use the right tools
"To apply cover-up, use your pinky finger," says Molly Stern, a consulting makeup artist for Cover Girl. This digit’s the weakest one you’ve got, so you’re less apt to over-apply your makeup. Plus body heat warms up your makeup, allowing it go on smoothly and evenly.
Choose the right makeup to apply all over
If your breakouts are wide-spread, you may want to use a sheer foundation all over your face before tapping on your concealer. Look for a formula that’s oil-free with a little extra moisture, which will minimize caking, says Stern. We like: COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation ($14; drugstores) and Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF15 ($42; bobbibrown.com).