Embarrassed by your skin's imperfections or hiding your face due to acne? The four letter word that keeps us spending hours and money on products hoping to find a solution. The most important thing to remember, you are not alone in this battle. Billions of us struggle with acne and tell-tell signs of acne scaring. The first step is realizing there is an effective way to conceal acne. You need to use the correct products, makeup applicators and tools.
Below are steps to help you achieve the flawless skin you've been dreaming of!
1. Gently Exfoliate The Skin

It is important you help slough off dead, dry skin to keep a youthful glow, but you mustn't over exfoliate acne prone areas, doing this will actually irritate and cause worse breakouts. We recommend using a soft washcloth in the shower daily with your face wash. Using gentle circular motions to help smooth the skin's surface. 

2. Use The Appropriate Moisturizer

It's a good rule of thumb, if your skin feels dry after 5 minutes, it could indicate that your moisturizer isn't quite moisturizing enough for your skin type. With acne prone skin however, you don't want to use a moisturizer with too much oil. Keeping the skin balanced through-out the day is key. Try out a couple before you commit.

3. Primer

Make sure you test out a few to find the one that won't cause additional break-outs. Usually an oil-free silicone based one will do the trick. Apply a dime sized amount of the primer to your face after your moisturizer has dried completely.

4. Apply Your Foundation Using a Foundation Brush

This is a very important step to properly conceal acne and any scaring. Using a foundation brush will ensure an even application of the foundation. This will also create a smooth airbrushed finish. Apply one or two pumps of the foundation to the back of your hand, dab the flat top kabuki foundation brush into the foundation and apply and buff into the skin in gentle circular motions. Using a foundation brush will also allow you to reapply over areas where you may need more coverage. 

5. Conceal Using a Beauty Blending Sponge

After you have applied your foundation with the flat top kabuki foundation brush, you can then apply your concealer to the trouble areas and blend them to perfection using the beauty blending sponge. This process will help diminish the appearance of too much makeup yet conceal any unwanted blemishes or scars. Using the sponge to blend and press the concealer into the skin will set the makeup for all day. It's the best way to apply makeup without the "heavy cake-face" look.

6. Finish with a Translucent Setting Powder

This is an important step most makeup lovers forget. Setting the foundation and concealer with a loose translucent powder will help prevent the makeup from melting/running off of your face through out the day. It will help keep the makeup where you want it, concealing the blemishes/acne scars. 

7. Don't Forget to Wash Your Makeup Brushes Once a Week

This will ensure you are getting the best application and prevent any build-up of old makeup where bacteria and other germs could live. By doing this, you'll prevent additional breakouts. Keep it clean! 

8. Smile

There is nothing more gorgeous and confident than a beautiful girl with a beautiful smile! You'll make your day and everyone around you with this simple kind gesture. :) We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. 



Author: Rita Almusa, MintPear Co-Founder, Master Esthetician and MUA

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