As someone who struggles with acne-prone skin, I can honestly say it can be a real pain! Covering breakouts without looking overdone is difficult, and feeling obligated to wear makeup whenever you leave the house is tiring (not to mention time-consuming). Worst of all, makeup can even contribute to breakouts and make the problem so much worse! I have put together my 10 best makeup tips for acne-prone skin, from covering breakouts to preventing them!
1. Keep it clean!
Always wash your hands before applying makeup – you don’t want to transfer dirt, oil and bacteria onto your face! Make sure to wash your brushes and applicators regularly too; think of all the old makeup, dust and dirt on them! Keep it quick and simple by using a brush cleaning spray on brushes after every use and giving them a weekly deep clean with water and baby shampoo.
2. Be careful about touch-ups.
If you need to touch up your makeup during the day, take care to avoid spreading bacteria and oil. Wash or sanitize your hands first, and if you use a brush or sponge make sure it’s clean. Repeatedly using dirty brushes on skin that has sweat, dirt or oil on it is asking for breakouts! Plus, if the issue is shine, try using blotting paper during the day to remove shine rather than applying more powder.
3. Look for oil-free.
Dewy skin is really in at the moment, but the kind of products used for this look often contain oils and heavy ingredients that are awesome for dry skin, but not so much for oily skin or clogged pores. Oil-free products are light and generally designed specifically for acne-prone skin.
4. Consider mineral makeup.
For nights out you’ll probably want long-wearing, high performance formulas. But for every day, mineral makeup is a great option for acne-prone skin. A good quality mineral foundation has very few ingredients and is usually oil, fragrance and silicone free to let skin breathe. Plus, they’ll usually have a high SPF for added sun protection!
5. To prime or not to prime?
While primers ensure your makeup lasts much longer, they can sometimes aggravate acne-prone skin. The heavy silicones they contain don’t allow your skin to breathe, and can trap oil and sweat against your skin, which is irritating and aggravates breakouts. Plus, they’re designed to really stick to your skin, so they can be difficult to fully remove. Use a makeup remover designed for long-lasting or waterproof makeup to remove every last bit of product from your skin.
6. Covering blemishes.
To really conceal blemishes, try applying a tiny amount of green-tinted colour corrector directly onto major breakouts before foundation. The green hue will neutralize the redness of a breakout, making it less visible. With this kind of product, less is more; be sure to really blend well, and check that the green tint doesn’t show through your foundation!
7. Tinted blemish treatments.
For an all-in-one product that will save you time in the morning, try a tinted blemish treatment. For every day, you can use just this product on breakouts for light coverage (set with powder if you have oily skin). You can also use a tinted blemish treatment in place of concealer under foundation. The advantage is you’ll not only be covering up the blemish but treating it with active ingredients at the same time!
8. Start the day with a blank canvas.
Always cleanse your face before applying makeup in the morning! Some people use only water to wash their face in the morning (or don’t wash their face at all), but your skin needs a good cleanse to remove any dirt, dust, oil and sweat from overnight. This ensures you’re applying makeup to clean skin and not trapping dirt and bacteria beneath foundation and powder!
9. End the day with a blank canvas too!
Perhaps most important of all is thoroughly removing ALL makeup at the end of the day (especially if you use primer, as I mentioned). Quickly washing your face in the shower probably won’t get the job done. A cleansing oil for dry skin, or micellar (cleansing) water for oily skin, is the first step in removing makeup. Then, cleanse once with your normal cleanser if you wear light makeup, or cleanse twice (yes, twice) if you wear heavier makeup. A gentle, hydrating cleanser is best to ensure you don’t dry out your skin. It may sound time-consuming, but any product left on your face will clog pores, so take the time to really remove everything!
10. Remember: you don’t have to “cover it up”!
I get it, when you have breakouts you want to hide your skin. And of course, wearing makeup will boost your confidence and keep you from focusing on your skin throughout the day. Just remember, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about breakouts! It’s totally normal. Even celebrities and models struggle with their skin. Wear makeup for you, but don’t feel like you need to ‘cover’ up your skin or hide it from people.
Breakouts are annoying and it’s hard to feel confident when you’re worrying about your skin. Try not to worry about it too much – do what makes you happy, focus on your other great traits, and take great care of your skin. Makeup can cover blemishes and boost your confidence, but you don’t ‘need’ it to look and feel good!
Do you have any other makeup tips for acne prone skin!? Share in the comments below!
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