Hiding acne blemishes and breakouts with make up is tricky. If done incorrectly, your attempts at camouflaging the problem can actually magnify the blemishes.
Acne is so often associated with teens – but there is more and more evidence that those in their 20s, 30s, and even their 40s and beyond also struggle with acne-prone skin. Whether your acne is brought on by diet, hormones, stress, or by using the wrong products, the result is the same – breakouts, blocked pores and red bumps that can be difficult to hide, especially when you want to look your best.
Tips for Covering Acne Blemishes
In three steps, you can successfully conceal blemished skin. The key, according to LA make-up artist Joanna Schlip, is to think of each blemish as a tiny hill on your face. Your goal is to make this tiny hill visibly shrink – here is how you do that:
Look for a matte or oil-free concealer that heals while it conceals like Almay’s Clear Complexion Oil Free Concealer.
Concealers like these won’t rub off like a creamy formula and they each contain sulfur to heal while they conceal. Dab the blemish and the area around it with the concealer using a small brush. Pay attention to the shade of your concealer. It’s important because light shades enhance blemishes or features, while dark concealers minimize these.
Using a concealer that is too light or a shimmery powder on a raised bump is like shining a light on it. Try to match your concealer with your skin tone
Once your concealer has been applied and has dried, use a small brush to lightly tap on a slightly darker matte eye shadow over the bump – this gives the illusion of a much smaller bump. Depending on the color of your skin, the recommended eye shadow colors that work best are taupe, camel or dark beige.
Now apply several thin layers of foundation on and around the blemish with a small concealer brush. Pat foundation on gently (do not use fingers – this spreads bacteria and excaserbates the acne) until the bump virtually ‘shrinks’ – then blend well into surrounding skin.
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