Alright, so you know how you read all of those magazines and they tell you what foundation you should wear and how you should apply it for acne or scars but they ALWAYS feature a clear-faced model? It’s annoying, right? Well I once had severe cystic acne and I was SO embarrassed to go out in public (I took a form of Accutane and it worked wonders, I’ve been acne-free for about three months now!). I used to walk with my head down and would rarely look at people when they talked to me (and I never did that before I had acne). So I knew I had to find good make-up that really allowed me to feel confident and yeah, the make-up doesn’t make the bumps go away but it helps a lot! And now that I have some scars and red marks left over from my acne that same make-up routine still works for me! Now let’s get started!
~Side note: I have yet to find a make-up that actually fills in the scars so with the make-up I use, at certain light angles, you can still see them but it’s not as bad if I weren’t wearing anything!
Step 1: Wear moisturizer, preferably one with SPF so you don’t have to worry about putting actual sunscreen on your face (I know for me even if the tube said oil-free I still feared a break-out!) I’m currently using a moisturizer called “CeraVe” ($15.99 at Walgreen’s) which has worked wonders for me since my skin has severely dried out since taking Accutane, however it does not have SPF in it so I must rely on my foundation for that (which I will tell ya’ll about a little later). However, if you don’t want a “super-moisturizer” like the one I use I suggest Neutrogena’s “Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration” with SPF 25 (apprx. $12.97 at drugstores or Walmart). I used this moisturizer before I was on Accutane and did not contribute to any break-outs and was very smooth on my skin and kept it moisturized!
Step 2: Primer!! If you haven’t heard about this, you’ve definitely been missing out! Primer essentially makes it so that your foundation will stay on your face and not sweat or melt off, which used to be one of my biggest annoyances! For this, you will need to apply about a dime-sized amount or however much you need to lightly cover your face. For this I recommend using “Smashbox Photo Finish” ($36.00, Ulta). This product is amazing, it helps to reduce shine and is oil-free, so no break-outs!!
~The picture that I took after apply the moisturizer and primer shows some red (but not all) on my face which is right where my acne targeted.
Step 3: Now is the time to start noticing the cover-up! We are going to use a foundation. Now I know it is strongly advised to NOT use your fingertips as a way to apply make-up but I have found that the heat from your fingers actually helps blend in the foundation more on your face. If you don’t feel comfortable with this process, that is fine! You can still use a triangle sponge which helps cover your face at all angles but be sure to dispose of the sponge after every use as it can hold in the bacteria from your face and spread more acne if you use it again! For my foundation I use Maybelline’s “Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup” ($11.99 at drugstores) with SPF 18 sunscreen but I DO NOT use the sponge applicator on the top of the product. Now, I am young so it might be confusing as to why I would put on a foundation that is supposed to be for “lines & creases” but I have read that collagen (which is in the product) actually helps hide acne scars…which I am all for!! Plus I find that this product just hides the redness and bumps really well, and trust me I’ve tried hundreds of products (and I’ll probably post another blog comparing them). With this make-up I put on about a quarter sized amount which is enough to cover my face but not too much where I have to rub some of it off. It’s also important with foundation to make sure you blend up to your ears and onto your neck so the look is more natural.
~As you can see in the picture there is some red present on my face still even after applying the foundation.
Step 4: Now ya’ll will think I’m crazy. I use Dior’s “Air Flash” ($62.00, Dillard’s, Sephora, and other locations) which is another foundation but looks and sounds like spray paint. Let me tell ya, this product is AMAZING!! There is nothing out there that quite compares to it, and I know it’s on the pricey side but you will not regret buying this! Yes, I use two foundations only because I want full coverage and that’s exactly what it provides. This product is also tricky to apply. My recommendation for application would be to hold it about 8″ away from your face and start by making a cross down your face. Start from just below your hairline, as to not make you hair the same color as your skin, down your nose and down your neck a ways to blend in the color (we’ll go back and make sure the neck is completely covered a little later). Then take the spray and go across your face horizontally from ear to ear. Then go in a “Z” form across your face and spray any areas that may have been missed in the process. Now, if you are fair skinned like I am you’ll want to make sure you spray your neck to really blend it in to look natural. Even the lightest color Dior provides is a little too dark for my skin so I must blend, blend, blend!! Let it sit for just a second and take about two fingers and gently push the product on your face and blend where needed. I suggest letting this product sit on your face for about 10 minutes before you apply any powder products on top! Beware though this product does get on your eyebrows and lips and will cause you to look like a ghost! I would also suggest getting an eyebrow pencil to really amp up your look, and even though we might not always notice them, eyebrow’s sure are sexy!
Step 5: After you finish possibly putting on some eye make-up, like I do, and you have waited about 10 minutes you’ll want to apply some powder products so you look normal. I put on a light foundation powder by Revlon called “ColorStay-Pressed Powder” in fair (about $9.99 at Walgreen’s). After that I put on a Victoria Secret’s bronzer in “Tantastic” (about $16.00) which adds more color to my face and gives it a soft, shimmery glow. I finish off with Covergirl’s “Instant Cheekbones” in purely plum. I really like this blush, especially for my fair skin, because it contours it very well and gives a nice pink sheen on my cheeks. There we go! All ready to go!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to comment! I have been battling with acne for years and have tried a lot of make-up regimes out there and I finally found one that worked for me! I owe a lot of my thanks to Sephora because one of their employees introduced me to a few of the products I mentioned and is the reason that I feel more confident! 🙂 I will also do a blog about my acne later on so stay tuned!