Makeup Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

February 17, 2014

Let’s face it – some women will never know how frustrating acne-prone skin is or the toll it can take on self-confidence. Luckily for blemish-ridden gals, there are a number of products and makeup tips to conceal and bring out our healthy, natural, beautiful skin.

Like a healthy tree can only grow from strong, nutrient-rich soil, our skin is an organ whose looks and health are directly related to the quality of the nutrients with which we provide it. This means protecting it from UV rays, drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy diet and sticking to a skincare routine.

Firstly, finding the right facial cleanser can seem like a daunting task. It’s very important to find a product that fits your skin’s needs. To soothe your skin, look for natural and organic skincare – the less chemicals in your skincare, the better.

To conceal particularly pesky blemishes, you’ll need a primer, foundation, concealer and setting powder. Here are some of our favourites:

HD Microperfecting Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
bareMinerals Prime Time

Always begin makeup application with clean sponges and brushes. Trapped dirt and oils will only clog pores, contributing to future acne breakouts. Those with oily skin should use a lighter primer to avoid excess shine.

Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Liquid Makeup
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup

Whether applied with fingers, a brush or a sponge, it is important to ensure even coverage of the foundation, blending it around the edges and along the jawline of the face. The acne-fighting Neutrogena Skin-Clearing foundation provides a more sheer layer of coverage, while Clinique Stay Matte provide fuller coverage.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer

A good concealer will hide the hyperpigmentation associated with acne breakouts. What’s most important is finding a concealer that most closely matches your natural skin tone and also provides buildable coverage. Apply this to any areas of hyperpigmentation, and don’t forget to blend!

Finishing Powders
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

In order to mask shine and help makeup last longer, apply a finishing powder to set the other products.

What are your favourite makeup products for acne-prone skin?

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