People with acne prone skin are forever searching for the best powder foundation. We want something that will conceal any current acne or old acne scars, but still look natural. Below, I have listed my own favorites plus some other top-rated powder foundations that I’m going to try for myself. I made a note of a couple that made me break out also, even though they are highly rated. Those foundations may work well for some people. They just didn’t work for me.

My personal top picks that I have tried:

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation:

This mineral powder foundation is a consistent winner of beauty awards and is the most popular mineral makeup out there. I like the Matte formula because it doesn’t contain bismuth oxychloride, which can make some people break out and gives a shinier finish. If you need extra coverage, you’ll want to use the bare mineral multi tasking concealer first. You can even use the concealer, then the foundation, then more concealer if you are having a really bad day!

Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation
– Brand New!

I was so excited when I heard that Korres was now selling a mineral foundation. I fell in love with their products about a year ago and, while the product selection is limited, they are all natural and high quality. I used their Wild Rose liquid foundation for a while, but it can be a little too shiny for me at times. Their mineral powder foundation is definitely less matte than the Bare Minerals, which is a big plus when your skin is feeling a little dry. I haven’t been using it long enough to give a full review for my own skin, but the Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation is topping the charts everywhere. If you find the Bare Mineral matte foundation too dry looking, then you should definitely try the new Korres one.

Tarte Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation

Tarte’s pressed mineral powder is my go-to compact when my skin doesn’t need as much coverage and I just want a very natural look. I put on a little concealer where needed, use the sponge to dab on the powder, and the look is about as natural as you can get. This is an all-natural product, so it’s great for sensitive skin. As with the Korres products, the colors are a little limited. I was lucky that I found one that perfectly matched my skin tone.

Benefit Hello Flawless Compact Powder Foundation

If Tarte is the one I go to for lighter coverage, Benefit’s Hello Flawless is the compact powder foundation I use when my skin is having a tough day. When you use the sponge that comes with it, the coverage is phenomenal. There is also a brush you can use when you want light coverage, but I find it fairly useless. If I want some straight powder on my face, I go with the Tarte pressed powder or the new Korres mineral foundation. Benefit’s Hello Flawless has also been great for me in the summer when my skin is a little more oily.

Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder

Well, by now you guessed that I like Korres makeup.  The Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder gives more moderate coverage, somewhere between Hello Flawless and Tarte’s compact powder. It is another all natural powder foundation and gives a slightly more dewy finish to the ones by Tarte and Benefit. I have only one complaint here. The shades are very limited and I am in between two of them. I love the consistency, but I can only use it in the summer, when I have a little more color.

Also top-rated, but I haven’t tried them all:

Lancome Dual Finish Powder Foundation

I used to use this foundation for years and love the feel of it. The only problem I have now is that I can’t find a color that matches my skin tone. What happened? Either my skin got lighter or they changed the formula. It is not an unscented makeup, but that never bothered me in the past. If only they had a shade that matched my skin, I would buy this again in a second.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation

MAC Studio Fix is reported as being good for oily skin. I haven’t tried it myself, but many people love it. They said it is lightweight, but covers well. However, there are a few others who say it was too heavy and chalky and clogged their pores. Go figure! MAC’s Studio Fix powder foundation has very high ratings at most online stores, so if you are a MAC user then it would probably be great for you. Otherwise, make sure you go to a physical store and try it out first. At the minimum, make sure you can return it online.

Laura Mercier Powder Foundation

This one is a little pricey, but a consistent winner among users. It is best for summer months or if you have oily skin year-round. Buildable coverage and no break-outs reported, based on reading about a million reviews on the web! The downside is that it is not an all-natural, fragrance-free makeup. If you have very sensitive skin, you could have a problem.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation

Many people rate this as the best powder foundation ever. I guess I will have to try it next. Make Up Forever has an amazing line of cosmetics, including one of the best eyeliners on the market, so their foundation should be great also. The quick take from reviewers is that it is non-drying, has buildable coverage, and a natural finish. Good for oily skin.

Top rated, but made me break out:

Philosophy: The Supernatural. I tried this foundation after reading some great reviews. What a disaster! My face broke out right away and the makeup went straight back to the store.

Everyday Minerals. I really don’t understand why this mineral makeup didn’t agree with my skin. However, both my daughter and I broke out within a day or two. It just goes to show that just reading the ingredients is not enough. What works well for one person doesn’t necessarily work well for another, even if they have similar skin types.

Anything with chemical sunscreen. I use this as my first rule in picking out foundation. Anything that has a chemical sunscreen in it makes me break out. It is best to use a mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin first, then primer, then concealer and foundation. If you won’t be in the sun much, a mineral powder foundation with sunscreen is fine.

One last parting tip for you. Always use a primer before applying your foundation and it will go on smoother, look more natural, and last longer. As I’ve mentioned before, Tarte’s Clean Slate is my favorite primer that doesn’t make my skin break out.

Have any favorites not mentioned here? Please leave a comment and let everyone know.

The Best Acne Makeup

At Makeup for Acne, we are always searching for the best acne makeup.  Finding makeup that is safe for acne prone skin involves much more than just reading the label for ingredients.  Everyone’s skin reacts differently to specific ingredients and it is important to know this before blindly applying the latest product that everyone is raving about.  Know your own skin and what makes you break out.  Keep track of what is in a product that you have reacted to in the past.  Look for makeup and acne skin care products that have as few ingredients as possible.  And, most important of all, make sure you try out a new product on a small part of your face or neck to see what your reaction will be before putting it on your whole face.

A few of my favorite products:


Tarte Clean Slate Natural Face Primer

Clean Slate Natural Face Primer


Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Hello Flawless Custom Cover-Up with SPF 15

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation
Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation (1.7 fl oz.)


bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair


bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25

bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25


Tarte The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural Concealer


Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Kinerase Clear Skin Moisture Light

Some of the products I list are not necessarily designed or marketed for acne prone skin, but I’ve had great results with them.  In fact, many makeup products that are made specifically for acne can aggravate your skin further if you are already using an acne treatment.  Ingredients like salicylic acid, often added to acne makeup, can overdry your skin if you have already applied something like benzoyl peroxide. Consider your own skin’s sensitivity and how dry or oily it is before selecting a product.

Have fun trying out different makeup!

-Sharyn

P.S. I often go to the sites advertised on the right to explore reviews on different products. Don’t just listen to sales associates in cosmetic stores. They are often just promoting the latest makeup they’ve been trained on. Use the websites online to get real user reviews. You can always return something if it doesn’t work out for you.

Meet Matte: Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

I did a review of Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Matte foundation not long ago. Recently, I came across this video that Bare Escentuals must have created when they first introduced their matte foundation. It’s so funny that I had to share it with everyone. I didn’t know they had such a sense of humor. It looks like a fun place to work. Take a look if you need a laugh.

You can read my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation review if you want to learn more about this product. It’s great as makeup for oily, sensitive skin with acne.

P.S. This foundation has no bismuth oxychloride, in case that is an issue for those of you with very sensitive skin.

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

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.

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