You are getting ready to head out the door to school, work, a party, dinner, shopping – you name it. Naturally, you want to look your best and feel good about yourself.  When you have acne, you are often more self-conscious about your looks than other people.  However, you can achieve a natural look with the right application techniques and tools.  Use acne makeup or any good makeup for acne prone skin, such as some of the ones recommended in our product reviews or store.  Just make sure you have thoroughly cleansed and moisturized your skin first, using your preferred acne skin care regimen, before applying your makeup.

Trick #1: Use Different Concealers for Different Problems

Choose the right acne makeup

Choose the right acne makeup

There seems to be thousands of concealers on the market to choose from. However, there is no single concealer that will work for all the problem areas you want to cover. The most common types of concealers come in a bottle, stick, jar, tube, or compact. Formulas range from creamy to liquid to powder. They also come in a wide range of colors, from skin tones to neutralizing colors. At the minimum, keep on hand a lightweight liquid concealer that is not oily, a heavier concealer for particularly problematic areas, and a green concealer for neutralizing red areas. You will have to play around with different combinations of concealers to see which ones work best for your skin. If you have a very red area, try using a little of the green concealer to neutralize the redness and then a lightweight skin-tone one to make the area match the rest of your skin.  If you only have a few spots to cover, use a little concealer and powder and skip the foundation.

Trick #2: Find the Right Foundation for Your Skin Type

A combination of concealer, foundation and powder will help your makeup last all day.

A combination of concealer, foundation and powder will help your makeup last all day.

Aside from concealer, finding just the right foundation that both conceals your acne and looks natural is one of the biggest challenges in choosing acne makeup. It may seem like every foundation you try has a different result on your skin than the product promises: either it looks too dry or too greasy; it melts off after a couple hours or settles into any lines you have; it looks like a mask or as if you did not put any makeup on at all. The trick is to choose carefully and keep on trying until you find the right one in the right color. For oily skin, look for oil-free liquid or powder foundation. Some people find luck with cream-to-powder foundations also. For drier or combination skin, you can use the same oil-free foundations as those for oily skin but use a slighter heavier moisturizer on dry areas. Personally, I do not like to mix moisturizers by putting on a moisturizer/primer and then additional moisturizer in a foundation.

Whenever you can, try the makeup on in a store before buying and use your preferred moisturizer first. Ask for a mirror and go outside in the natural daylight to see what the color looks like. If you have time, let the makeup sit on your skin for a while to see if the color or texture changes before you buy it. If you are still not sure, ask for a sample to bring home and try out for a couple days. No matter what you choose or where you buy it, make sure you can return it if the foundation does not work out when you try it at home.

Trick #3: Start Small and Build Up if Necessary

The trick to achieving a natural look is to use as little as possible and then build it up where it is needed most. If your acne if very bad, you should not expect to cover it so well that it is invisible. If you put on that much makeup it will look like a mask and actually draw more attention to your acne. Neutralizing the redness of your acne is your most important goal. Put on a tiny amount on the areas you want to cover most, using a concealer brush, sponge, or your clean fingers. Dab gently at those areas until the edges are blended with the rest of your skin. Apply a little more if necessary, but stop immediately if the makeup starts to cake up. If you have a concealer that matches your skin tone exactly, you might be able to get away with stopping at concealer and avoiding foundation completely. The less makeup you can use, the more natural you will look.

Trick #4: Set Your Makeup with the Right Powder

Use good quality, anti-bacterial makeup brushes

Use good quality, anti-bacterial makeup brushes

Setting your makeup with powder will help it last for a long time. However, be careful not to use too much powder or your face will start to look chalky or your makeup may cake up as the day goes on. Use a large powder brush and translucent powder. I prefer using bare Minerals’ Mineral Veil since I know there are no added ingredients, it is easier to control the amount you use, and it provides some oil control. Other people swear by certain compact, oil-free powders like those from Clinique. Just make sure you tap the brush to shake off any excess powder before you apply it. For very specific areas or pimples that need setting, you can put a tiny amount of powder on your ring finger and dab it on that spot.

Trick #5: Touch Up With a Light Touch

No matter how well you apply your makeup, it is bound to need a little touching up as the day, or night, goes on. Carry a little concealer with you in your bag along with a powder compact. However, keep your touching up to a minimum. Adding more and more concealer during the day will make your acne stand out as the layers build up. Try using a tissue to wipe off a little of the makeup and then reapply it. This works particularly well if you have a few blemishes that need treating, in which case you can use an acne makeup concealer, like the one from Murad to do touchups.  Another trick is to carry face cleanser wipes with you along with your concealer and a little foundation (compacts are great here). Clean off the portion of your face that is looking a little worse for wear. Then reapply some concealer and foundation along with a little powder. Unfortunately, this requires carrying a lot more with you, but it is worth it if it makes you feel better about the way you look.

Once you figure out the best acne makeup for your skin, you will be able to achieve a more natural look and have less touching up to do later.

P.S.  For more tips on applying acne makeup, read the articles on How to Apply Concealer and How to Apply Foundation.

NOTE:  Look for a full selection of acne makeup and other acne skin care products is available in our Makeup for Acne Store.  Click on any product to get additional user reviews and check out the best prices.

– Sharyn

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