Watch How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Here’s an opportunity to watch Paula Begoun, the Cosmetics Cop, demonstrate how she applies  a liquid foundation.  She prefers to put her foundation on before concealer.  Also, she says that she only uses a toner, rather than moisturizer, since she has oily skin.  I have always found that some kind of oil-free moisturizer or primer makes my foundation last longer.  Paula uses her own foundation, but there are other liquid ones you can use which will also help with your acne if you have oily skin, such as the Neutrogena Skin Clearing foundation.

Take a look at the video and grab a few tips from Paula.


Ingredients to Avoid in Acne Makeup

UPDATE:  Please read this update first before reading the rest of this post.

I recently discovered more information about the list compiled by James Fulton and how that research was done.  My new information comes from Paula Begoun’s book “The Original Beauty Bible“.  She points out that this research was done with much larger concentrations of these ingredients than would ever be used in any makeup product.  What this really means is that we don’t have to be scared off by products that might contain one, or even more,  of the ingredients listed below.  Instead, look at where the ingredient is placed in the list on the product label.  The higher on the list the ingredient is, the higher the concentration in the product.  Therefore, if the second ingredient listed is one of the ‘pore-clogging’ ones below, then it is probably a significant ingredient in that product and is not a great choice.  If it is near the end of the list of ingredients, then you probably do not need to get too concerned.  Alternatively, you can always judge by the way the product feels on your skin.  If it feels too creamy or greasy for you then it probably is.

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How to Apply Foundation

woman putting on foundation

Learning how to apply foundation the correct way can make all the difference between looking natural and flawless, or looking as if you are wearing a mask. With a few basic guidelines, you can achieve the flawless look and become a pro at applying your own foundation. You might even get asked to start doing your friends’ makeup!

If you’ve prepared your skin with gentle cleansing, acne treatment, and moisturizer it should be in good shape for makeup.  After preparing your skin, you should have applied concealer wherever needed, though some people prefer to apply concealer after their foundation.  Now you are ready to put your preferred foundation on.

As with concealer, your best tools are your fingers.  However, many people like to use a makeup sponge or a foundation brush.  If you do use these, make sure they are very clean.  Otherwise, they will deposit bacteria back on your face and irritate your acne further.  Personally, I don’t like using sponges or brushes since they absorb too much of the foundation and then it gets used up faster.

Follow these steps to ensure an smooth, natural looking finish with your foundation:

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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.

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