How To Cover Spots With Makeup

Discover how to cover spots with makeup using Charlotte's complexion heroes for a flawless-looking, second-skin finish.

Blemishes are a fact of life, but with Charlotte's magical makeup, you can cover the look of spots without feeling like your base is heavy or caked on. Charlotte’s full-coverage face products are designed to apply with a second-skin feel, so you can easily add weightless coverage to spots and acne to perfect the look of your complexion.

Discover how to cover spots with makeup in Charlotte's expert guide!


  1. Thick and luscious pearly-white moisturiser in an open glass jar with its gold-coloured lid placed behind it.

    Step 1: Prep Your Skin

    The first step for covering spots with makeup is a good skincare routine to help create a smooth canvas for makeup to glide onto. Apply Charlotte’s Magic Cream - her AWARD-WINNING, GLOBALLY LOVED day cream - massaging it into your face and neck to help create a glowing, hydrated complexion that's ready for foundation.

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  2. Wonderglow is an illuminating primer that gives the skin a soft-focused, luminous finish

    Step 2: Apply Primer

    Applying a primer creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, helping you to get a smoother foundation application over skin that may have texture or blemishes. Charlotte's primers are formulated to give the complexion a soft-focus, blurred effect, helping the face to look radiant while preparing it for makeup.

    Discover Charlotte's primers including Wonderglow, a glowy, soft-focus primer, Hollywood Flawless Filter, a luminous glow booster, and Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer SPF50, a sunscreen and primer hybrid, and find your flawless primer match!

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  3. Light beige foundation in a frosted glass bottle shade with a gold-coloured lid.

    Step 3: Choose Your Foundation

    Apply your chosen foundation to lay down base coverage for your spots. For lighter coverage with a radiant finish, apply Light Wonder, or for medium-buildable coverage, apply Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Foundation for a healthy-looking glow. To get full coverage in a flash, apply Airbrush Flawless Foundation for maximum coverage with a weightless feel that helps to disguise the look of spots.

    Tilbury Tip: Use Charlotte's Hollywood Complexion Brush to buff your foundation evenly into your skin.

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  4. A concealer in a fair shade in golden-coloured packaging with its lid next to it.

    Step 4: Apply a Full-Coverage Concealer

    Using Charlotte's full-coverage concealer, Magic Away, apply a shade that matches your skin tone to any areas of redness or discolouration and tap in to blend. Dot the concealer on top of any spots you may have and tap it in with your finger to help the concealer blend seamlessly into the skin. For a lighter-coverage option, choose Charlotte's Beautiful Skin Radiant Concealer, a buildable formula that lets you slowly add coverage in any areas you feel necessary.

    Tilbury Tip: It’s always better to apply your concealer after foundation, as you may not need as much coverage as you thought.

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  5. An open, mirrored-lid, finely-milled pressed powder in rose gold packaging.

    Step 5: Set with Powder

    Set your makeup using Airbrush Flawless Finish, tapping the smoothing-effect formula onto any areas you want to stay put. Apply to your t-zone and lightly press onto any blemishes using the Powder & Sculpt Brush; this will help your concealer stay in place while providing a little extra coverage.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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