How to cover up acne

Everyone suffers from the odd break out here and there, but how do you cover your skin when you’re suffering from serious acne? Not everyone feels the need to cover their acne, but if you would like to learn a few helpful tips on how to create the illusion of a flawless base, then keep reading!


Colour corrector

I honestly believe that this is the most important step in successfully covering your acne. Spots will likely be pink or red, and in order to cover these successfully and avoid red blemishes poking through your foundation, you NEED to colour correct. All you need is a green colour corrector. Let me tell you these do not need to be expensive in the slightest. My favourite one was actually from MUA makeup which is available in Superdrug for Β£2. Apply this using a brush to any areas of redness and blend in. Don’t apply too much – you literally just need a small amount on each spot/area of redness. You don’t want this to be particularly bright once it’s blended – it will likely go a very pale minty colour which is exactly what you want. AVOID bright green colour correctors because the green does not get covered by your foundation (LA GIRL I AM LOOKING AT YOU) and you will look like Princess Fiona. Go for a paler, mint shade rather than a true green.


As you’ll be applying lots of products to correct and conceal, you want to make sure that you are applying it in thin layers, rather than bombarding your face with thick applications of everything. You can still get really great coverage by applying bit by bit – don’t worry! It will look far more ‘natural’ (as natural as this can look) but more importantly it should avoid the classic ‘cake face’.

Spot concealer

As you’ll be applying a fair amount of foundation, don’t overload your face with concealer. Instead, spot conceal the areas you need (apply the conceal only in little dots to the desired areas) and try and use a concealer a little lighter than your usual foundation shade. This should stop your foundation looking very dark and unnatural.

Shade matching

This one is really important if you’re going to be wearing a full coverage foundation. If you have the wrong shade, it will be so obvious. Ideally, you want to match your face to your neck as your neck is paler than your face. If you are someone who likes to go a little darker with your foundation usually, I’m not sure that I’d recommend it because it may accentuate texture and make your skin look cakey.

Full coverage

This sort of goes without saying, but you’ll want to go for a full coverage foundation. You could definitely use a medium coverage one and build it up, but sheer is obviously way off here. I personally am not in favour of really HEAVY coverage foundations (EstΓ©e Lauder Double Wear) as this may be too heavy and clog your pores. This is known as the heaviest foundation in the industry and for that reason I avoided it like the plague when my acne was awful. I would stick to my Make Up Forever HD liquid or the stick version. You might want to consider what finish you want too. A dewy finish may highlight any texture you have and make every other step you’ve done previously pointless. A more matte foundation will work best here. If you have drier skin, you might want to consider going for a foundation with a demi-matte or satin finish and if you have oilier skin then a true matte finish should be fine.

No highlighter

Highlighter is a major trend at the moment and having a blinding highlight is a must… unless you have acne. The shimmer in highlight will accentuate your texture 1000000%, especially if it’s on your cheeks. You either don’t apply any, or you have to position it very carefully. I used to apply it to the top of my cheekbones (starting at the back of the cheekbone near your ear and finishing in line with your outer eye). If you have acne on your cheeks, DO NOT apply it on the apple of your cheeks or the lower part of your cheekbones. If your acne is not on your cheeks, then please by all means apply your highlight anywhere you’d like on your cheeks.

I hope that these tips have been helpful! If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments!

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How to do your makeup when you have acne

Being able to cover your acne successfully is really important for your self esteem, whether you have one spot or suffer from cystic acne. I had terrible cystic acne for 2 years and learnt a few tips and tricks to cover it up and boost my confidence. Keep scrolling to find out more!

Use a colour corrector

To tone down redness, colour correction is your best friend! Green concealer will neutralise any redness on your skin and your acne will be much easier to cover – it is the best way to create a perfect base. My favourite one was by MUA and only cost Β£2 from Superdrug, but pretty much every brand sell colour correctors. The key is to use it sparingly. While you do want to neutralise the redness, you don’t want to look like Shrek. Apply it sparingly on all of your areas of redness and blend it out well. It will make your skin look a little ashy and devoid of life, but you’ll add the colour back into your skin with foundation. If you apply too much (like I did with the LA girl one – which was far too bright a green) you will look like an alien, and you won’t be able to cover up such an intense green colour with your usual foundation.

Layer your products

Instead of caking on a thick layer of foundation, and then continuing with full coverage concealer and a foundation powder, do thin layers to build up the coverage. Yes, we want to cover everything up, but too much coverage in thick layers can actually draw attention to your acne. Layer things up! Colour correcting before you apply foundation will already help to reduce the visibility of the redness, and a smooth base will help to disguise any bumpiness. Thinner layers will avoid a caked look and will make things appear more natural.*

* As natural as you can with the amount of makeup you have on.

Set your makeup

To make sure that your makeup lasts all day, you need to set it into place. Otherwise it will slip and slide all over the place as the day goes on and reveal the redness underneath (AND SPOIL YOUR HARD WORK!) Also, if you have layered your products (as you should), you will have quite a wet face after. Depending on your skin tone, I would probably recommend using a translucent powder over a coloured powder to avoid a cakey, muddy look. Despite it saying ‘translucent’, it does leave a bit of a white cast on the skin. You can easily add colour back in with bronzer – but get that base set!

Beware of shimmer!

Everyone loves highlighter but if you have acne on your cheeks, be careful where you place it. Apply it higher on your cheek bones, rather than towards the apple or lower on the cheekΒ as shimmer will emphasise anyΒ texture you might have – regardless how small. I’d recommend even avoiding a blush that has shimmer in it – it’ll draw attention where you don’t want it. This is about covering your acne, not highlighting it (literally).

Take your makeup off really well

Use products that are right for your skin. I think that cleansing balms are the best to remove every last bit of makeup. To remove the balm, I personally love using konjac sponges – I think they’re much gentler on the skin than muslin clothes and give your skin a lovely, gentle exfoliation. I found that for me, muslin clothes inflamed my acne and made my cystic spots worse, but just be sure to do what is right for your skin.

Let me emphasise thatΒ makeup is FINE to wear when you have acne prone skin.Β Do not let anyone tell you that wearing face makeup will worsen your skin, when it can be the only thing that can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. While makeup can’t work miracles on your skin, it can work miracles on your self esteem.There are products that won’t agree with you – that is the same regardless of the type of skin you have – and these can cause breakouts. However, once you find the products that work for your skin, don’t feel afraid of using them! Remember that you are taking your self esteem into your own hands and doing something positive for YOU.Β 


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