First, I always start in the morning with a toner. I like this one because it is made for oily skin (which is what I have) and it does a really good job with exfoliating my skin a bit and closing my pores.
(All products can be found at drugstores)
These are my two next steps and they are the miracle workers. First off I use his L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Redness primer. When you have red blemishes or acne scaring, or just red skin in general, this primer is wonderful. I use a TINY dot of this primer and rub it in just like a lotion, focusing on my T-Zone. It evens out your skin color and gives you a clean base to work with. You don't need much so it lasts forever. (I've had this one for months).
Next, I use a concealer. This is the one I'm currently using which is the Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer. This is where my tip comes in. If you feel like you need a foundation and concealer, put the foundation on first. I usually use the Rimmel liquid foundation. Once that is blended out, dot the concealer on any blemishes or areas as needed. Now, don't blend it out! Thats right, for the next minute or two, I want you to just allow the concealer to sit on you skin and sink in.
Normally I take that time to do my eyeshadow if I'm in a hurry. But no matter what, do not touch the concealer. This works best when you use liquid concealer as I do. You probably feel crazy with dots all over your face, but letting the concealer work its way into your skin will help to actually cover the redness and it won't just slide off of your problem spots when you blend it out.
Once you let it set, blend it out AROUND the blemish. I never actually put my finger directly on the spot because that will take away some of the product. After blending use your setting powder, bronzer and blush as normal. You can see this technique gave me flawless looking skin, but I still look natural because you can see my freckles through the makeup.
In case you aren't convinced that this trick works, I did an experiment. I drew a thick line of black pen on my hand and put concealer on both ends. On one side I blended it out immediately but on the other side I let it sit for two minutes. You can see the different that it makes.
(The right side was blended immediately upon application and the left side sat for two minutes. They were blended the same amount and the same amount of product was used on each.)
Let me know if you try this tip and how it works for you! Also, if you have other makeup tips, write them in the comments below! :)