A bad skin day is like the worst day. Breakouts are not only unattractive and annoying, but they are also very difficult to hide.
Although thick foundations and concealers may seem the best option for concealing problem skin, they can actually make it worse.
So to help you change your relationship with make-up and achieve a cover up that doesn’t make your acne worse, we have some great tips:
Preparation is key
You wouldn’t expect a great dress to look good with ill-fitting underwear, so you can’t expect your complexion to look good without first prepping your base. To achieve the perfect canvas before concealing, wash your face thoroughly using a special cleanser that aims to restore balance to oily skin. Then apply a non-greasy moisturiser to lock in moisture without making your skin greasy.
Best buys: Aveda’s Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser (£19) and Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment (£19).
To cover uneven blemishes, raised pimples and acne scars, we recommend applying a silicone primer. This will not only help to smooth your skin but will maximise the staying power of your foundation. Aim to apply only a small amount all over your face, and then follow with a lightweight foundation that doesn’t block pores or encourage blemishes.
To cover specific pimples, choose a concealer that is a bit lighter than your skin tone and mix with a blob of your foundation. Then gently tap the formula onto your blemish until well blended.
To distract from your problem skin, embrace your ‘good’ skin areas by highlighting them with blushers, illuminating liquids, and bold colours on your lips and eyes. Dusting your face with a setting powder will also help to hide any shiny patches and seal your make-up.
Best buy: Maybelline Fit Me Powder Flawless (£5.99).
Many people with problem skin find it beneficial to see a dermatologist – a skin expert who examines and treats all kinds of skin conditions. To find out more about dermatology and how it can help you, please see our dermatology page.
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