Acne Vs Make up – How to cover up acne with foundation.

When it comes to acne and it’s treatment, we’ve spent more time talking about how to get rid of acne, and how to look after your skin, rather than what to do if your mid break out and need to cover up your acne with foundation for work, play or because you want to.

Knowing the right way to cover up your acne with foundation is important as well as you can’t just slather it on and keep going.

This stuff is a real business and needs more than one application of more than one product.

The sort of products you will need include:

  • Daily Cleanser,
  • Oil Free Moisturiser
  • Oil Free Foundation, Primer and concealer, in variations of putty, liquid and powder based on situations
  • Hydrating Mist Setting spray
  • Oil Free Setting/ Finishing powder
  • A variation of brush and sponges
  • Brush cleaner solution.

You will notice that the list includes items like Oil Free and Hydrating. Isn’t that what oil does, Hydrate? You ask.

Well.. No. when it comes to covering up acne with foundation you will get more results from Hydrating mists which include ingredients, like water, that add back moisture to the skin without it sitting on top of your skin or blocking your pores like oil does.

Oil is used to lather things up and make stuff move, but at the same time it’s used for cooking.

If you were to use oil based products that had no SPF factor to them, you’re basically setting yourself up to get sunburned by wearing foundation. And we don’t want that.

TIP: Go for items that have an SPF factor of at least 15+ (30+ for summer).

Also try and source items that give a matte finish.

Lastly, get a good brush cleaner if you like using brushes or sponges and clean them twice weekly.

Now, to cover up acne with the foundation, it is best to follow the steps similar of the sort below:

  1. Cleanse your skin. This prepares your skin, makes it a clean slate.Make sure you use warm water while cleansing and a warm face washer compress when you’re finished so that the moisturiser can go deep into your pores to help hydrate your skin.Once the moisturiser is applied be sure to leave it for a couple of minutes to soak into your skin, so you don’t have a slick surface on your face.
  2. Apply a primer.You can do this to your face as a whole or just to the acne in question if you prefer.As long as it is oil free and matches your skin tone, that is fine.Just make sure that it is a light layer, just enough to cover up the blemishes.You don’t want to have that caked on look and keeping it light is the best way to do it.

    Make sure you let it set.

  3. Concealer – Ok, now there are two types of concealer, one is skin tone and one is green.The green one is typically used to depigment the raging red acne before you apply foundation.Apply your required concealer in a criss cross motion before blending it by patting it gently.While you are here, apply some concealer to your dark circles under your eyes if you have them, then you can blend them all at the same time.
  4. Once the concealer is set, apply your foundation.Use one that gives you a good coverage and even finish in circular motions.Make sure it matches your skin tone and if you have to, mix two different shades together to get your desired shade.
  5. Let the foundation set for a minute before applying a finishing powder or spray.This can be pressed or fine powder, but apply it lightly in a dabbing motion or brush it lightly with a kabuki brush.
  6. Once the setting powder is done you can choose to apply a finishing spray.It helps to set and break up any cakeyness looks you might get.
  7. Great you’re done!

Note: If you have followed this but find that some bumps are still visible, a bold lip or eye make up are generally good options to detract any unwanted attention.

TIP: Apply each layer very lightly, just enough to cover. If you’re not happy, add more again, just as lightly. Remember you can always add but you can’t take away.

Now, the above steps work for most skin types and most acne types, but sometimes you have to tailor your war paint – oops sorry, foundation – to your acne.

For Whiteheads – try a putty like concealer, usually in a pot or tube with a small brush to target the red area only.

If you need to, use the green concealer first as well.

Alternately, if it’s placed favourably, like just above your lip or on your cheek bone, just dab it with a eyeliner spot and channel you’re inner Marilyn Monroe.

Cyctic Acne – funnily enough, for a more horrible type of acne, less is actually more.

Apply an icy compress to the inflamed acne in question, before cleaning with a warm face washer or water. In this case, stop at foundation.

Use a mixture of tinted moisturiser (oil-free and SPF included is ideal) and lightweight concealer.

Apply it lightly and then leave it. You could go to a finishing powder here, but don’t over do it.

Dry and Flaky – This is for after a spot treatment, typically with your harsher topical treatments.

Use a hydrating cleanser and a warm water wash before gently peeling any flaky skin away from the zit. DO NOT DIG AT THE ACNE (Resist that urge).

Once you have teased enough away, apply make up as normal and then use a hydrating mist that has essential oils for the fresh skin.

Blackhead(s) – use a liquid or cream foundation initially. If you want more coverage use a similar coloured concealer, patting to blend then top off with powder foundation.

If still appearing through hit again with concealer using an precision brush.

Oily Zit – This is why you really need to make sure that you don’t use oil based products.

Try and avoid putting too much on the acne, but if it is leaking a bit, press it gently with a tissue to remove the excess fluid.

Once you’re ready to apply the foundation, use a putty like concealer and target it directly with a clean brush.

Red Zit – As mentioned a few times, use a green primer or concealer directly on the blemish then use a yellow base concealer and blend the edges with the skin around it.

Don’t use too much powder – it could cake and make it look gross.

In your eyebrow – don’t use products with benzoyl peroxide unless you want skunk like eyebrows.

Use a spool-type brush to separate hairs and apply foundation.

Set with a sheer powder or whatever you use to fill your brows.

Right about now, you should be quite knowledgeable when it comes to how to cover up acne with foundation.

This is one of those how to’s that everyone, even some guys, need to know.

Some acne you can convert to beauty spots and some you just can’t cover up at all but when it comes to covering stuff up, acne and foundation are dance partners in a very complicated tango.

Probably an over dramatization, but either way you kinda have to pair acne with foundation to get the best look.


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