What Makeup is Good for Oily Acne Skin?

One of the most common questions I get asked has to do with what makeup is good for oily acne skin. This is probably because oily skin is the most prone to acne.  Teens, in particular, tend to have oily skin due to the hormonal changes they are dealing with during puberty.

The most important thing to look for in a makeup for oily skin is staying power. Most foundations and concealers seem to melt off as the day goes on, leaving all those blemishes out there for the world to see. The trick is to find a foundation and concealer that are relatively long lasting, then combine them with a good primer, such as Tarte’s Clean Slate, and a setting powder. The final, essential item is a good blotting powder or blotting sheets to carry with you throughout the day.

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 FoundationMineral makeup is one great solution for oily skin since it doesn’t have most of the additives that liquids and creams have. My favorite mineral makeup brand for skin that is oily and acne prone is Bare Mineral Matte foundation. It doesn’t have the irritating and shimmery bismuth oxychloride of other formulations, and it helps absorb oil during the day. You will need to use the bareMineral multi-tasking concealer before and after applying the foundation if you have a lot of acne to cover. Finish everything off with some of their Mineral Veil.

Make Up Forever Foundation for Oily SkinAs a liquid foundation for oily acne skin, the overwhelming consensus among reviewers is Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. It gives full coverage, controls shine, is both oil free and water resistant, and has a wide range of colors. Sound too good to be true? Well, I haven’t tried it myself yet, but it received an average 4 1/2 star out of 5 star rating from over 2,000 user reviews. It is definitely at the top of my list of foundations to try once the summer and hot weather comes around.

If you like a creamy foundation and have a lot of difficulty concealing redness and acne on your oily skin, consider Cover FX makeup as your ultimate concealer and long lasting makeup. Cover FX has a cult following of its own, since it has the widest range of skin tone shades I’ve ever seen. If you can’t find a shade to match your skin from this makeup line, you never will. Their Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation tops the charts with its reviews and there is a great starter kit. It does have sunscreen in it, so if you are sensitive to chemical sunscreen this product is not right for you. However, it also contains calming ingredients to combat redness.

The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece)Cover FX has their own line of setting powders to go with your foundation that will make it last all day. You can get a complete kit, The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 piece), to get you started with the whole shebang. The main thing to remember with this foundation is that you must use a primer with it. Otherwise it will be difficult to blend since it is so thick. With such a great range of colors, you could just use it as a concealer on its own.

As a quick recap, here are the top makeup foundations for oily acne skin, based on our own tests and hundreds and hundreds of user reviews:

Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

Liquid Foundation: Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

Cream Foundation: Cover FX The Big Cover Up 3 Step Essentials Kit (5 pieces)

MAC Blotting Powder for Oil Control

MAC Blot Powder for Oily Skin

Don’t forget to use a primer to protect your skin and to allow the makeup to go on smoothly and last all day. For extra coverage, you can use the concealers that go with each brand, or mix and match. Just remember that you can’t mix a powdery mineral makeup with a creamy concealer. The result would be a cakey mess.

P.S. I almost forgot the best part! Carry blotting sheets with you during the day to absorb excess oil. Or try the MAC Blot Powder, which we recently reviewed and fell in love with.


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How to Hide Acne Scars

One of the biggest challenges for those of us who have had acne for years is how to hide acne scars. Even if you were good about keeping your hands away from your face and not picking, you probably have some dark spots that you’d like to conceal. If you have, or have had, more severe acne, you may have even more to cover.  The following is one of the better tutorials I’ve seen on how to use makeup to hide acne scars. The presenter, Kelli LaBar, is an aesthetician and makeup artist from Ulta Salon.


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Kelli recommends using a 2% hydroquinone solution to help lighten scars over time. For a professional strength treatment, I would suggest using HQ+ Gel Peel, 30ml (Professional), which is quite a strong solution. This particular product has Free Shipping from Amazon.

If you do use it, make sure you apply a good moisturizer afterwards and a strong sunscreen to protect your skin. I like Kinerase 0.1% N6-furfuryladenine Cream (80g) 2.8 Ounces, which is recommended as a post-procedural moisturizer and does not cause breakouts.

Finally, Kelli uses a concealer stick to dab and roll onto the scars to conceal them. No rubbing! My favorite concealer for acne scars is not a stick at all, but Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Don’t forget the sunscreen before you put makeup on. Mineral makeup alone won’t be enough when your skin is sensitive after a peel. You need something extra, extra strong. A good recommendation is Eltamd UV Physical SPF 41, 85-Gram. I like the Elta MD sunscreen since they are physical sunscreens that are great for sensitive skin. They even have a Clear one that’s good for acne.

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Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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How to achieve flawless skin – in a click

I recently read an article about Retouching Acne with Photoshop.  While I’m not exactly an expert in Photoshop (I can’t use it at all), I do rely on retouching photos to make our skin look flawless.  My favorite tool? Picasa.

I have little to no expertise when it comes to manipulating photos and changing backgrounds, and any other fancy stuff.  However, Picasa has a very easy to use retouching tool in the latest version that makes it easy to erase little imperfections.  In fact, I’ve erased some pretty major flaws as well.  I’ve done everything from covering zits to eliminating braces quite easily.

Getting rid of red eye is easy too. They have a tool which automatically picks out all the red eye in the photo and you can just click it away.  Now, if we could just do the same with all our real imperfections!!

If you want to stretch your skills a little, you should still try out Photoshop. The latest basic one is Photoshop Elements 9.  There is definitely a learning curve, which I just haven’t had the time to spend on yet.  It’s on my list. I’m actually hoping to use it for putting images into unusual collages, but it can be used for all sorts of wild effects.

Here’s one important tip.  If you do get Photoshop, either get a friend to give you a quick tutorial or do some of the ones on Adobe’s website.  It will help speed you up in the learning process.

Good Luck!

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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Watch the founder and creator of Bare Escentuals, Leslie Blodget, discuss her bareMinerals makeup and Rare Minerals lines.

You can purchase bareMinerals and Rare Minerals at our Makeup for Acne Store by clicking on the Mineral Makeup category.  Alternatively, click on the link below to buy the Get Started Kit:

bareMinerals Get Started Kit ($174 value)

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

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