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The 'Sticky Method' Is The TikTok Makeup Hack Camouflaging Acne-Prone Skin & It’s Actually Genius

It has us wrapped around its finger.

By Diandra Malivindi
If you've ever looked at close-ups of celebrity makeup moments or seen an influencer sans their ring light, then you'd know that flawless skin doesn't exist. So, if you're battling active acne or acne scarring—first, know that you're not alone—and second, it could be helpful to know how to temporarily replicate the 'perfect' skin you're working towards. Meet: the 'sticky method'.
Of course, we've all been privy to a blemish here or there and we'd be lying if we said we never covered up an unsightly spot or pimple that took up real estate on our face. Sure, the most important lesson to learn is how to love your complexion minus makeup, but another is how to cover up the unwanted for those special occasions when you want a little more coverage.
Main image via @glossier.
Here's where the 'sticky method' comes in. Thankfully, TikTok has come to our rescue with the latest makeup hack going viral for its genius method and impressive results—seriously, the science adds up.
There's no denying that confidence can easily stem from feeling content with your skin's appearance, which is why learning how to cover up not-so-cute spots can bring you that self-love on days when you might be struggling to channel it naturally. And yes, concealer or a high-coverage foundation can work a treat but keeping it on your face for hours is a different story all together.
Below, everything we know about the 'sticky method' and how you can give it a try yourself.

WHAT IS THE 'STICKY METHOD'?

Listen, hearing a term like the sticky method is bound to create a feeling of discomfort but thankfully, the method itself is nothing of the sort. In fact, it's name comes from the trick that the creator used to get such impressive results.
Let's go back to when the sticky method came to be. Coined by TikTok beauty influencer and makeup artist Mikayla Nogueira, the 24-year-old currently sports around 13 million followers and is a fountain of beauty wisdom, from sharing her top beauty secrets to her must-have products.
In said sticky method video, she explained her process for concealing her acne to the point where you have no idea that she's ever had a blemish in her two decades of life. Since she posted her 'sticky method' video, it has garnered over 3 million views.
"Here's how to perfectly cover acne using the sticky method," she says in the video. "We're going to make these [blemishes] look like they don't even exist on the face."
She continues, "It's called the sticky method because our face is about to get really sticky."
To get started, reach for your go-to hydrating serum that also conveniently leaves your skin feeling slightly tacky or sticky to the touch—hence, the name—and apply to a clean face. Once applied, leave to dry down completely then opt for a "gripping" primer. Essentially, that is considered as any product that primes the skin while leaving a tacky or sticky finish so makeup can adhere to the face more consistently.
Once completed, prepare to have a very sticky face, but remember that's what we want. After all, how else can we get our makeup to stick to our skin like glue? Next, Mikayla recommends going in with concealer, but it must be a matte formula and applied with a concealer brush for the best results. Simply apply a decent amount of concealer to your brush, then place it right on top of the blemish and repeat for wherever you have spots to cover.
Now, in what is one of the technique's most crucial steps—let it dry completely. Give the product around two to five minutes to dry down, or speed up the process with a fan if you have one handy. Basically, using a matte concealer aids in this drying process, as it is significantly quicker to dry than more hydrating formulas.
When the concealer spots have dried down, you're leaving them put, which means no blending. Just reach for your favourite medium to full coverage foundation and apply it on top of the spots with a beauty sponge (as to not interrupt the concealer, of course).
And that's it, just finish up the rest of your makeup as per usual and see your complexion transform into a spotless canvas.
But does her genius method actually work? Well, according to the countless comments beneath the video, skincare savants believe so.
"Okay but this is one of the best methods I've witnessed," one user writes, while another says, "I do this all the time it really does work. It's great for texture and not letting makeup separate."

WHAT ARE THE BEST 'STICKY METHOD' PRODUCTS?

One read through of the sticky method and it's safe to assume that you already own the three products needed to complete the makeup hack. However, there might be some of your out there who need to replace or add to your beauty collection, so you can give the technique a try at home.
In Mikayla's demonstration on TikTok, she shared that she uses Glow Receipe's Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum as her hydrating base. Not only does the product leave skin feeling and looking dewy, but it lays the foundations for an adhesive base. Next, the MUA opts for E.l.f. Cosmetics' Power Grip Primer—which is a known dupe for Milk Makeup's cult-favourite offering—thanks to its "sticky, gripping" qualities. In fact, both Milk Makeup and E.l.f. Cosmetics' products have become known purely for their sticky qualities.
Then, she finishes the technique with her concealer of choice, NARS' Soft Matte Complete Concealer, along with an unnamed concealer brush of her choice.
Of course, any other iterations of these products will do the hack justice. But in case you're keen to replicate Mikayla's technique completely, you can find those products—and other favourites of ours—below.
Happy sticking!
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