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.


As a fellow acne sufferer, I know how difficult it is to find the best makeup for acne prone skin. Most of them are far too obvious when applied and they don’t necessarily give the coverage we wish for. Having tried the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System recently, I think I have found the ideal makeup that provides the coverage and natural finish we strive for.

For acne prone skin, the benefits of airbrush makeup are clear:

  • Does not clog your pores. The airbrush machine sprays a fine mist of makeup onto your skin without pushing it into your pores, as most other makeup does.
  • Gives even coverage. There were no streaks or unevenness at all when I used the system. So long as you don’t touch it while it is drying, the color is uniform all over your face.
  • Adjustable coverage. The TEMPTU system has a dial where you can adjust the amount of coverage you want. When I tried it, I had it set on less coverage and then just added a little more in places that needed it.
  • Flawless, natural finish. You don’t look as if you are wearing makeup at all. Your skin just looks as if it is naturally clear and healthy.
  • Blush and bronzer are equally safe for acne prone skin. There was nothing in the blush or bronzer that would clog your pores either AND they look completely natural.

I don’t usually feel that strongly about a particular makeup, but the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System really did make my face look incredible and it concealed everything. If you let it dry completely and then finish it with some bareMineral Mineral Veil, you will also have oil control for the day. TEMPTU sells the TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder as well, which you can purchase to take care of any areas that might need a little extra coverage during the day. I didn’t try it or need it, but you may want to if you don’t already own some kind of touchup or oil control powder. You will definitely need to buy both the airbrush machine and a set of two TEMPTU AIR pod(TM) Foundation. Once you have the machine, you will only need to restock on the makeup pods every few months depending on how much of it you use.

Since the TEMPTU system is quite expensive compared to other makeup, ($225 for the machine and $55 for two makeup pods) I recommend using it for special occasions and long days. I use just a little concealer and powder or my bareMinerals makeup on other days. That way the makeup will last longer. However, there are many people who love the look they get from their airbrush makeup systems that they use it everyday.

I recommend buying the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System from Amazon.com since they carry all the different items in the line and, as usual, their prices are competitive and they are reliable.

Click on the images or words below to buy your airbrush system and makeup pods now.

TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System

TEMPTU AIR pod(TM) Foundation

You can also read about my first-hand trial of the Temptu system in the article Mineral Makeup or Air Brush Makeup: Which One is Better?

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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.

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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.