Tips for applying makeup on acne-prone skin

People think acne and acne scars require heavy, full-coverage foundation, but too many layers will actually emphasize your skin’s texture and draw attention to acne


Between the redness, flakes, shine, and straight-up tenderness, your skin can feel more like a paint-by-number hot zone than a normal face.

Makeup and acne go hand in hand. Women especially use makeup to hide the blemishes left behind by acne. Hence, it is very important to use the right makeup and acne products that work effectively but do not worsen the acne in the process.

Oil-free primer: Using an oil-free primer before applying your makeup is a first step worth taking. It will help to absorb the excess oils on your face and create a smooth base for you to work with. Your skin will look and feel softer and your makeup will glide on evenly over any bumps you may have.


Acne-fighting foundation: Believe it or not, there are a number of foundations targeted toward acne-prone skin. Foundations with ingredients such as salicylic acid will not only cover your problem areas, but work to get rid of them in the long run.

Creamy concealer: Sometimes foundation just doesn’t do the trick and we need a little more help with coverage. Dab a creamy concealer where you need and watch any blemishes seemingly disappear.

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Setting powder: Applying setting powder after your foundation and concealer is the perfect way to lock things in place. We don’t want anything we’ve tried so hard to cover peeking out during the day!

Matte bronzer: When we’re struggling with our skin, shimmery products can accentuate our imperfections. Stick to a matte bronzer and lightly dust some over your cheek bones and temples to give you a healthy, natural glow.

Natural blush: The same goes for blush – natural is your best bet. A lot of people are afraid to apply blush when dealing with acne because they think it’ll bring out the redness in their skin. However, without blush your skin can look dull and flat. Add a natural color, and you’ll have a natural flush!

Control shine: Throw some oil blotting papers in your purse so you can absorb any excess oils that accumulate on your face throughout the day.


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