How to Cover Acne…Without Making It Worse

How to Cover Acne

Acne is a tricky thing: you may want to cover it up, but by doing that, you’re often making it worse. It’s time to break the cycle! Read on to learn how to flawlessly cover your acne without damaging your skin even more.

The most common mistake people make when concealing their blemishes is using a heavy, suffocating product over their entire face…almost like a mask of makeup. You don’t want to blanket your entire face. Don’t hide your natural beauty and radiance! Be prepared: the routine you’re about to read might take longer, but it is so worth it.

1. Acne Spot Treatment: Resist the urge to pop! At the first sign of a pimple, cleanse your skin thoroughly and grab a fast-acting acne spot treatment. I recently picked up Clean & Clear’s Advantage Acne Spot Treatment at ULTA and I am so glad I did. A little goes a very long way with this product – cover your blemishes with it and let it sink into your skin. Your pimples will shrink within hours; it’s pretty incredible. I can’t believe this is a drugstore product.

2. Sunscreen: As always, sunscreen should be a crucial part of your skincare routine. Go with a lightweight one that won’t clog your pores. La Roche-Posay’s Ultra Light Sunscreen is specifically made for sensitive skin.

3. Moisturizer: Moisturize before covering up any imperfections. It’s important to look for something formulated specifically for sensitive, acne-prone skin. I have always loved Cetaphil, and they have an awesome oil-controlling facial moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin. It actually has SPF 30, so if you use this one, you can skip the sunscreen step. Multi-tasking products are really the best.

4. Color Correcting Primer: Color correcting products have made a huge splash this year. Each hue (you can find them in green, purple, salmon, yellow and more) targets a specific skin concern. When it comes to redness and acne, go with green. To read up on these color correcting miracle workers, check out our Concealer 101 blog post. Make Up For Ever recently introduced a line of these primers and it’s getting amazing reviews. Try their Step 1 Skin Equalizer. ELF has a very budget-friendly option, too.

5. Sheer Coverage Foundation: You might scoff at the idea of using a sheer foundation, but don’t knock it ’till you try it. By using a sheer foundation all over your face, you’re emphasizing the natural beauty of your skin. You will use heavier products on your acne and blemishes, but by going sheer all over, you reduce the odds of having that unwanted, cakey look. If your skin is oily, go with a mattifying formula, like Shiseido’s Sheer Mattifying Compact. If your skin’s on the dry side, go with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation for a luminous effect.

6. Concealer: Reach for your normal concealer to cover up your under-eye circles. If it’s a heavier formula, leave it out…you’ll use it later to conceal your dark spots. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is my holy grail…let me know what yours is in the comments or on Pampadour.

7. Medium/Full Coverage Foundation: It’s time for the big guns. Grab a medium-to-full coverage foundation to cover up the red or dark spots that are still visible. This step is all about blending – MAC’s 217 Brush is perfect. Apply a dollop of foundation to the back of your hand. For something heavy duty, go with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup. Dot it onto your problem areas, then buff it into your skin, while feathering it out so it looks natural.

8. Concealer…Again: If there are still visible imperfections peeking through after Step 7, go back in with a strong concealer and small makeup brush. MAC’s Studio Finsih SPF 35 Concealer doesn’t mess around – no pimple can stand up to this long-wearing, water-resistant product. As always, blend, blend, blend to a flawless finish.

9. Finishing Powder: Reach for your favorite finishing powder to set your look. It’s especially important that your concealed spots stay put. Grab a powder puff or denser brush to dust powder on your blemishes. Follow that up with a light dusting all over, using a fluffier brush.

If you need a visual reference, there are some pretty amazing transformations on YouTube. Some of the most inspirational vloggers have shared their skincare routines on their channels. Check out these incredible, empowering videos from Melanie Murphy, Cassandra Bankson, My Pale Skin and Raven Elyse.

Are you going to try out this routine? Let us know in the comments below and on Pampadour!