Acne Makeup Tips Archives

Can Makeup Give Us Flawless Skin?

According to Angela Palmer at About.com:

A survey done by Neutrogena Cosmetics shows women want their makeup to give them flawless skin above all else.

Really? They needed a survey to determine that?

While it’s far from scientific, it is interesting to see just what women are expecting from their cosmetics and of their skin. According to the survey over two thirds of women today would give up something for a year to have perfect skin.

I’m not at all surprised that women said this.  In fact, when I was younger and struggled with acne much more I probably would have even given up chocolate to get clear skin.  Maybe.

In reality, no one has perfectly flawless skin.  When we see models or other beautiful women in magazines, you can be sure that there was some photoshop and touch-up involved.  It is a rare person indeed who has totally clear skin.  Those people usually live in environments with clean air and eat a healthy diet.  You know, like Tibet or something.

So give yourself a break, wear a little makeup, and just take care of yourself as best you can.

Stay well,

– Sharyn

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

There is a great tip for how to cover acne scars that I only just came across recently. After years of practice and experience covering my acne and acne scars, I should have known this.  Better late than never.

Here is the trick:

** Let your concealer set for a few seconds before you blend. **

Sounds so obvious, doesn’t it?  Well, I am always in such a rush that I’ve never done that.  It is amazing the difference it makes.

The next time you put on your makeup, follow these steps to cover your acne scars, pimples, discoloration.  You name it.

  1. Wash your skin
  2. Apply your preferred acne treatment
  3. Apply your preferred moisturizer
  4. Put on a little primer
  5. Dab on a little concealer
  6. Let it set for a few seconds!!!
  7. Blend by dabbing gently or using a concealer brush to blend the edges
  8. Finish off with a little foundation, but don’t rub it in.  Otherwise, all your careful concealer application will be ruined.  If you can, just use a little powder foundation instead of liquid

I would love to hear anyone else’s tips for covering acne scars or covering acne in general.  Comments are always welcome.

– Sharyn

P.S.  My preferred concealer at the moment is Tarte’s
The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

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.

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There is a lot of competition over whether mineral makeup or airbrush makeup is the best makeup for acne prone skin.  I have always loved Bare Escentuals bareMinerals makeup, (also referred to as bare minerals or bare essentials).  However, with all the hype around air brush makeup systems I felt it was time to give one a try.

I decided to try the TEMPTU AirBrush Makeup System since I could get a demonstration at my local Sephora store.  My first thoughts on looking at the system was that there was no way I was going to use something that complicated, that big, or that expensive.  The salesperson assured me that it would not be difficult to use.  There was nothing she could do about the expense since it is a standard price and no discounts are offered.

It was easy enough to find a shade, even for my pale skin, so I cleaned off the makeup I was wearing and we began.  There was no need for a primer since it is built into the foundation itself.  As the salesperson applied the airbrush makeup, all I felt was a cool breeze.  It did not feel like I had any makeup being applied.  However, when I looked at my skin in the mirror it looked absolutely flawless.  No redness and nothing in my pores.

She then proceeded to apply highlighter, blush and bronzer using the same air brush machine.  Again, my skin looked perfect.  I just had to let it dry before touching it.  The one thing I did do was pat the area around my eyes, since I had scrunched up my eyes a bit and the makeup had wrinkled there.  Patting it down a little took care of that issue.

After letting the makeup dry for a little while, the only thing I did was apply some of my bareMinerals Mineral Veil for a little oil absorption.  I think the illuminating finisher from the TEMPTU looked a little too shiny for my liking and my Mineral Veil gave it a better feel.

Many hours later and lots of running around and my skin still looks fantastic.  I think this is an excellent system for anyone looking to get a flawless, natural finish. For people with acne, this is an especially good system since it does not get into your pores and will not make you break out.  The downside is the expense.  At $225 for the airbrush machine and $55 for two pods of makeup, it is difficult to decide whether to lay out the money.  My plan is to use my bareMinerals for general every day use and use the air brush makeup for going out at night, when I need a little extra coverage, for a big event, or when I know I will be on the go all day.  For you, that might mean a wedding, anniversary, prom, bar mitzvah, job interview, corporate event, or anytime you want to look your absolute best.  Of course, you will look gorgeous in any photo – without the touchups of Photo Shop!

Read my review of the TEMPTU AirBrush Makeup System to learn more about the benefits of airbrush makeup for acne prone skin and where you can buy the TEMPTU system.

Mineral Makeup and Acne: A Perfect Match

Why is mineral makeup so popular for acne prone skin?

Mineral makeup has become extremely popular as the best foundation for acne prone skin.  This is for a number of reasons:

  • No added chemicals.  Chemicals can irritate acne prone skin, which is already very sensitive.  Make sure you read ingredients since there are a few brands of mineral makeup that contain bismuth oxychloride, which can aggravate your acne.
  • No pore-clogging ingredients.  As with any makeup for acne, read the label to make sure it is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
  • Provides natural looking coverage.  The minerals do not settle into pores, but rather they are buffed across the surface of the skin
  • Conceals acne well.  If you choose the right color for your skin, mineral makeup concealers will reduce the redness without the creaminess and chalky qualities of other concealers.
  • Some mineral makeup products provide healing and soothing properties.  There are a few brands, such as Bare Escentuals, that have products that contain healing minerals
  • Many mineral makeup products contain non-chemical sunscreen.  Most mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide, a physical sunscreen (versus chemical)

Here are a few tips from my own experience using Bare Escentuals bareMinerals mineral makeup for many years:

  • It provides great coverage so long as I use a primer, as well as moisturizer in dry areas
  • I use the Multi-Tasking Face Concealer under and over the mineral foundation makeup to give extra coverage
  • If I just have a small blemish to heal, I use the Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy at night without prescription treatment
  • Combine the concealer with the blemish therapy
  • Use Mineral Veil over any foundation, bare essentials makeup or liquid foundation
  • Always use at least one of the products with SPF – foundation and/or Mineral Veil
  • Sometimes only use Warmth without any blush for just a hint of color
  • If just want a little liner, use their mineral eyeliner without water
  • Always use their concealer brush – it’s the best

Read my best mineral makeup reviews for the best mineral makeup recommendations.

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