Welcome back to my blog! The topic of discussion this week is how to cover acne using makeup! Kind of yucky, I know, but it's something that I've gotten very good at.
I'm one of those lucky girls who has had acne their entire life. (Please note the heavy use of sarcasm in that statement.) I got my first pimple in second grade, and in high school my acne developed into cystic acne, leaving lots of scarring and discoloration on my face. Boooo.
As a result, I've developed a process for covering my acne and scarring, and I would say it does the job pretty well.
Every product that I use is linked for your convenience.
When covering acne, make sure you're starting on clean, freshly washed and moisturized skin! This is especially important, as you don't want to be caking makeup on dirty skin. That will just result in your acne getting worse.
Step 1 - Prime your skin
One of my good friends who is a professional makeup artist once told me, "It's a crime not to prime." That is something I carry with me everyday. Priming your skin with the proper product will make a huge difference in the longevity of your makeup, as well as give you an even surface to apply your makeup on.
I recently started using IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores primer and have noticed a drastic difference in reducing the shine that my skin tends to develop as the day progresses. It has a matte finish, which if you have oily skin and large pores like me, is a MUST HAVE. You can find that primer here!
Step 2 - Green Concealer
After priming your skin, the next step is applying green concealer to any spot that you have redness. I apply it to my acne, under my nose, and overtop my scarring. The green works to cancel out any red tones. Don't worry about blending it perfectly into your skin, you'll be layering other products on top of it.
I like SeneGence's green color correcting concealer. You can purchase it from anyone you know who sells LipSense. NYX also makes a great green concealer. You can find it here.
Step 3 - Concealer
The next step is applying a concealer that matches your skin tone overtop the green concealer. This will cancel out the green and add more coverage to your problem areas!
I use NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer and apply it with a concealer brush. You can find it at Sephora, or get it here. I would personally recommend purchasing it in store, that way you can color match it to your skin.
You'll notice that the concealer doesn't appear to perfectly match my skin tone. This is because my face has a lot of redness in it. I'll be completely cancelling that out with my next step.
Step 4 - Foundation
Have you made it this far? Congrats, you're almost done!
The second to last step is applying foundation to your entire face. What you apply your foundation with makes a huge difference in the coverage of the foundation as well as the longevity. I have found that for my skin, I get the most coverage when applying my foundation using a dampened beauty blender and pressing it (not rubbing it) into my skin.
I use Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r foundation. You can find that at Sephora or here. I would personally recommend purchasing it in store, that way you can color match it to your skin.
I like Fenty Beauty's foundation as it has a matte finish (extremely important when you have oil prone skin) and is very buildable. I typically apply one layer over my entire face, then add extra layers onto my cheeks and jawline where I have the most acne.
If you have any more acne that is still peeking through, now is when I will apply just a touch more concealer over those especially troublesome spots.
Step 5 - Setting Powder
The final step is dusting your face with setting powder. This will seal everything in and help to give you that "airbrushed" finish!
I like SeneGence's Natural Translucid Powder and and IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder (whew that was a mouthful!).
That's it! Notice how much smoother my complexion looks and how the redness has virtually disappeared!
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions at all about concealing your acne, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to help you!
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