Makeup comes in handy when you’re trying to hide a breakout. Rather than layering on more than you’d normally wear, combine spot-treatment with a thin layer of foundation. Makeup doesn’t have to be hard on your skin: with good hygiene and oil-free products, you can hide your acne without clogging your pores.
Finding the Right Makeup
Acquire oil-free makeup. Cosmetics that do not clog pores are called noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic. The first ingredient in your makeup should be water. Opt for mineral-based cosmetics, which will absorb excess oil and hide redness without irritating your skin.
- Noncomedogenic makeup does not interfere with acne medication.
Pick the right primer for your skin. Use oil-free primer to keep your makeup in place. It can be especially difficult to keep concealer on an inflamed zit, but a dab of primer does the trick. Lightweight primers are less likely to irritate acne and are easier on oily skin.
- Use a primer with SPF for protection from the sun, especially if you have scarring or hyperpigmentation. Sun exposure can slow the healing process.
Consider a powder foundation. A mineral-powder foundation is less likely to clog your pores than a liquid foundation, though it will provide less coverage. Opt for mattifying products: they absorb excess oil, and a matte finish conceals bumpiness.
- Avoid shimmery finish, which will draw attention to bumps.
- Foundations that are designed to last all day are more likely to clog your pores, causing further acne.
Find or make a concealer that matches your skin tone. Concealer that is too light or dark will highlight your trouble spots, rather than hiding them. Mix two shades of concealer if you cannot find one that matches your skin.
Applying the Makeup
Clean and moisturize your skin. Before applying makeup, gently wash your face with warm water. Gently rub in a fragrance-free water-based moisturizer. Apply a sunscreen or a moisturizer-sunscreen combination for protection against the sun.
- Sunscreen does not cause acne unless it contains harmful chemicals such as PABA and benzophenone.
Prepare your brush or sponge. You can use brushes or sponges to apply your makeup if you would like to avoid touching your skin. Acne can be caused by bacteria on the hands, but sponges or brushes can also hold bacteria, so be sure wash them at least twice a week.
Apply primer. Wait a few minutes to allow your skin to absorb the moisturizer, then use your fingers or a sponge to apply primer. If you prefer not to use a primer across your whole face, you can dab it onto problem spots to help fasten your concealer.
Apply concealer. Wait a few minutes for your primer to set, then apply concealer in an x to your acne. Gently pat it in place. Do not rub, or it may streak.
- You may prefer to wait on the concealer after you have applied foundation, as foundation will cover many of the milder occurrences of acne.
- You can use a green concealer to diffuse pigmentation. Never apply green concealer after applying foundation.
Apply foundation. Wait a few seconds for your concealer to set, then use a brush to apply foundation. Use as little as possible. If your first application seems inadequate, add light, even layers until you are satisfied with the result.
- If you still have spots, wait a few minutes for your foundation to set, then add concealer.
- If you are finishing with a setting powder, you can apply it now. With a brush, apply it on your skin in slow circles.
- Once your foundation has set, you can apply the rest of your makeup.