How to Cover Acne with Makeup
1. Cleanse Skin
One of the most important steps when attempting to conceal acne and acne scars with makeup is to make sure that your skin clean. Using a gentle non-foaming cleanser helps to clean impurities from your skin.
If you struggle with acne, it is important to make sure that your skin remains balanced throughout the day. Sometime people feel that if they skip moisturizing, then it might help diminish new breakouts, but this might make your body move those oil glands into overdrive. Therefore, it is all about finding the right moisturizer for you. This means using a moisturizer that doesn't contain too much oil.
3. Prep Your Skin
In order to prepare your skin for your makeup application, start by adding a primer. Applying a primer will help keep your makeup in place. Remember to aim for a primer that is oil free.
4. Foundation First
If you want to successful conceal acne or scarring, then it is essential that you begin your makeup routine with applying your base makeup, your foundation. I recommend using a flat top kabuki foundation brush for maximum coverage. I love using this brush to apply foundation as it creates an airbrushed look. Gentle circular motions will help to provide a smooth look. This is a very important step to properly conceal acne and any scaring.
5. Apply Concealer
A blending sponge is your best friend for adding your concealer after your foundation has been applied. A sponge helps to apply maximum coverage, without your makeup feeling caking on your skin. If you are experiencing red breakouts, a green concealer can be applied to those areas before using your fleshtoned concealer.
6. Finish Your Look with Powder
Using a setting powder that is translucent not only sets your foundation and concealer, but also helps to absorb excess oil throughout the day. Adding powder will help keep your makeup looking great for longer before needing to do any touchups.
Tips to Diminishing Acne
A good way to help diminish acne before it starts is to make sure that all of your brushes are clean. Dirty brushes will clog pores, therefore increasing your brake-outs. Aim to wash your brushes once a week with lukewarm water and a mild soap.
Start A Daily Acne Skincare Routine
Focusing on products that are specifically formulated to deal with acne is a great place to start. I recommend starting with our Clear Skin Set.
Author: Rita Almusa, MintPear Co-Founder, Master Esthetician and MUA
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