Here are the safest, most effective ways to conceal facial acne—without worsening spots or causing more of them.
Acne is more than just a minor skin annoyance; it can be a major source of psychological distress. If your acne is bad enough, you might be afraid to go out without makeup, perpetually afraid that people will snicker at your skin or judge your appearance.
This makes acne a profoundly isolating experience. But no matter how bad it feels to have acne, you're not alone. Up to 85% of teenagers get acne, and many adults struggle with breakouts well past puberty. The right cosmetics can conceal facial acne without making it worse.
Acne Concealers: What to Look For
When you experience a breakout, it can be tempting to use the first cover-up you find. But the wrong skincare products can contribute to acne by clogging your pores, irritating existing spots, and even allowing bacteria to fester into a full-fledged infection.
You deserve to be able to cover your acne with makeup that won't make the problem worse. Look for products marked 'oil-free' or 'non-comedogenic'. Products specifically formulated for sensitive or acne-prone skin can also be effective options.
If you know that certain ingredients tend to exacerbate your acne or inflame your skin, steer clear. You can also contact Adore Beauty's customer service team to find out if a product will suit you. When you're in the midst of a breakout, even minor irritation is all it takes to leave your skin red, painful, and prone to even more pimples.
Before putting any other cosmetics on your face, begin with a good primer. A primer helps makeup stick to your skin and prevents cracking, caking, and uneven pigmentation. Here are some of our favorites!
•The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer.
•The MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoothing Primer 30mlis a lightweight and oil-free primer that is great for preventing oiliness and shine. This primer reduces the appearance of pores, evens out the skin tone and will create a flawless base.
•The PUR Cosmetics Colour Correcting Primer - Redness Reducer provides texture plumping hydration that softens the look of lines, offsets the look of irritation and instantly reduces the appearance of pores and brightening the complexion. Aloe Vera soothes irritation and helps to speed up recovery - this is a must have for acne prone skin!
Colour-Correcting Your Acne
If your acne is moderate to severe, or your skin is irritated, concealer alone may not cover your breakout. This is where colour correctors can work wonders. A green-tinted product might look strange at first, but by cancelling out redness, it helps you conceal pimples.
Apply colour corrector directly on and around the pimple, and blend carefully. Use a small amount and apply it precisely for the most natural look. Remember: you want to neutralise redness, not turn it green.
Concealing Your Acne
The next stop on the road to flawless skin is the right concealer. Select one designed for your face, not dark circles, since under-eye concealers are often waxy or oily. Even better, a medicated concealer such as the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer. It conceals as it treats your blemishes!
Apply the concealer directly to the pimple and to any red or discoloured areas surrounding it. Blend so that there are no obvious edges, but not so thoroughly that the spot becomes visible again. Try a soft blending brush for the ultimate in seamless coverage. We recommend the M.A.C Cosmetics 224S Tapered Blending Brush.
The Right Foundation
Finish your concealing routine with an acne-friendly foundation. Adore Beauty offers a number of makeup bases for sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin. Consider an option that's oil-free and non-comedogenic for the biggest benefits.
If your breakout is limited to a few trouble spots, you may need to apply foundation only to these areas, blending until the colour disappears into your skin. If you have pimples all over or suffer from severe redness (or if you have freckles), apply foundation all over your face, blending carefully with a sponge or blending brush.
After you've applied foundation, you might need to add a bit more concealer to troublesome areas. Apply lightly, blending carefully into your foundation so that no lines or colour contrasts are visible.
Since acne-prone skin tends to get oily as the day goes on, prevent shine and set your face with a pressed powder such as the MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Powder Foundation. To avoid irritating your skin or smudging your makeup, use a kabuki or blush brush to apply. Sweep the powder across your nose, forehead, and chin, and lightly dust any other acne-prone areas.
If you've spent a lot of time perfecting your concealer, you can also try using a sponge dipped in powder and gently pressing it into the skin. We love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Spongefor a seamless, professional finish.
Voila! Perfect skin—without the risks of acne-causing makeup.