How to Apply Concealer

Some people recommend applying concealer after foundation while others say you should put it on before.  I prefer to put it on first so that the foundation can even out any differences
in color.  You can always touch up with a little extra concealer afterward.picture of concealer

To apply your concealer, all you really need are your fingers. You may also use a concealer brush, which can by useful in getting at little crevices, like around your nose.  If
you do use a concealer brush, make sure it is very clean or it will deposit bacteria right
where you need it least, back on your acne.  This will only make your acne worse.  Clean
the brush every day with a little mild soap and water.  If you do it at night the brush will be
dry by morning.

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Preparing Your Skin for Makeup

picture of teen washing faceBefore applying any makeup to your acne-prone skin, you need to prepare it.  If you have oily skin, your makeup probably melts off during the day or gets streaky and blotchy.  On drier skin, the makeup starts creasing or caking, especially if you touch it up and apply more concealer during the day.  By following these steps, your makeup will last longer and look better throughout the day.

Step 1:  Cleanse
Use your preferred cleanser to gently wash your face.  Make sure you’ve removed all traces of makeup at the end of the day.  Sometimes that means using a makeup remover followed by a gentle cleanser.  Don’t use any harsh scrubs, scrubbing sponges, or washcloths.  They will irritate your acne and make it worse.  Use plenty of lukewarm water to rinse off all of the cleanser.  Gently pat your skin dry.  Now you are ready for any acne  treatments you are using.

Step 2:  Treat
Apply your acne treatments as you have been directed by your dermatologist or the
product directions.  Some treatments need to be applied to all areas where you typically
get acne.  Others are only meant to be applied on areas where you have breakouts or
pimples.  Any treatment product should be allowed to dry completely before moving to the
next step, moisturizer.

Step 3:  Moisturize
First, wash your hands to remove any traces of your acne treatment so that it doesn’t mix
directly with your moisturizer, which can affect the texture.  Next, put a small amount of
moisturizer on your palm and rub your hands lightly together.  Then pat your hands over
your face to cover all areas that need moisture.

How much you moisturize your acne-prone skin depends entirely on your skin type.  If you
have oily skin, use only oil-free moisturizers and apply a very small amount, especially on
areas that are broken out or particularly oily.  Dryer skin will need a slightly heavier or a
greater amount of moisturizer.

Experiment on what amount feels right to you.  Your skin should feel comfortable, not too
tight and not too greasy.  If you put on too much moisturizer it will clog your pores more,
whether the bottle says it’s non-comedogenic or not.  Too little moisturizer will cause dry
skin cells to block your pores or cause you to overproduce oil to compensate for the
dryness.  Either way, your acne gets worse.

Step 4:  Let it set
Allow your moisturizer to settle for a minute or two before applying your concealer and foundation.  You can start applying your eye makeup while your skin absorbs the moisturizer.  Now you are ready to apply concealer and foundation.

As we review more acne skin care products, we will provide recommendations on what works best for different skin types and different types of acne. In the meantime, take a look at the Murad 30 Day Acne Complex Kit. I have used a couple of their products in the past, including the Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel and the Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, and have had good results with mild acne.

Check out our Product Reviews, where we do frequent reviews of the best makeup for acne prone skin and good acne skincare.  Or, go straight to the Makeup for Acne Store, which sells products designed specifically for acne prone skin as well as products that are safe for people with acne.

Welcome to Makeup for Acne

At Makeup for Acne, we understand how chronic acne sufferers feel. Nothing seems worse than leaving the house with a blotchy, red, pimply face. You don’t want to go out in public or see anyone. In fact, you may not even want to leave the bedroom and face the family. However, you can look your best and heal at the same time if you use makeup for acne prone skin. The problem is trying to find the right one for your skin – one that will conceal your blemishes without irritating your skin further. We are here to help you. We look for the best acne makeup on the market along with great tips for making your skin look the best it possibly can.

Watch and listen to Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, as she talks about the links between makeup and acne.  Then, explore our site for tips, product reviews, and a whole store full of the best makeup for acne prone skin and acne skin care products.

On this website, you will find:

Acne Makeup and Skincare Store:

A full selection of the best selling makeup and skincare for acne prone skin.

Product Reviews:

Recommendations and reviews by independent users.

News Articles:

The latest news and tips on makeup for acne prone skin and acne skin care.

We are dedicated to giving you the information you need about products that will help you get rid of your acne, conceal while you heal, and look your best.  On this site, you will get tips on how to apply different types of makeup for acne prone skin, based on your skin type.  For example, if you have very oily skin may need special acne soap, oil-absorbing makeup, and setting powders. If you have dry or mature skin with acne, you may need an acne lotion or acne moisturizer that adds moisture without causing more breakouts.

In addition, you will find the latest and best acne skin care and acne scar cream products that have had excellent, objective reviews and tests.  Healthy, clear skin is still the best foundation for any makeup.

All the information we provide is based on our own experience, research, and testing.  This website is not about promoting one single product or brand like many other sites out there.  We are not paid by any company to review their products.  We will only recommend specific makeup and acne skin care products that we have found to be truly effective.

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