Achieving full coverage for blemish prone skin can seem difficult at first, however knowing a few beauty secrets will allow you to get the look without feeling heavy or cakey. Read on to discover our top tips.
Can Makeup Cause Blemishes?
A widely spread myth is that makeup is one of the reasons blemishes appear in the first place. This is not true, merely using makeup does not result in blemishes, however not taking it off before you sleep or using the wrong type of cosmetics can be contributing factors.
There is a whole host of reasons why skin problems occur, from sleeping on the same pillowcase for too long to not wiping your smartphone screen. You can find out more about some of the most common causes of blemishes in our guide to getting rid of spots fast.
Can I Use Makeup on Problem Skin?
The key to tackling skin problems is finding the right skincare routine for your particular condition. For some, it may be a simple change of day cream, for others this may involve a trip to the dermatologist’s office. If you are not sure what the triggers are, it’s best to consult a specialist who will help you find the cause of your skin problem and may prescribe you specialist antibiotic creams or medication.
There are no studies that say that generally using makeup on problem skin makes it worse. The key is to use the right makeup and avoid cosmetics that may contribute to clogging pores or are designed for other skin types, for example dry skin. Always purchase cosmetics that target your condition, if you are not sure, simply explain your skin concern and the makeup advisor will be able to assist you.
What Is Non-Comedogenic Makeup?
Non-comedogenic products are designed to be less likely to clog your pores because of their lighter, water-based and oil-free ingredients that are suitable for sensitive skin. It’s worth being aware that while non-comedogenic are less likely to cause breakouts, it is not guaranteed that it won’t happen to your skin – everyone’s skin condition is very different.
How to Achieve Full Coverage For Blemish Prone Skin?
You can achieve full coverage without it feeling too heavy on your skin by using specific targeted cosmetics for blemish prone skin.
Please note that the steps below don’t include skincare as this has to be prescribed by your dermatologist to cover your specific needs, depending on the severity of your skin condition.
Step 1 – The Right Primer
If you have a lot of redness in your skin, you can address this issue with a colour correcting primer. Depending on what tone you are keen on correcting, you can go for primers with greenish, lavender, yellow or pink tints to them. These will help you even out your tone and prepare your skin for concealers and foundation. Equally, it may be the case that you don’t need a colour correcting primer at all, rather a concealer that will help you with colour correction in certain areas only. Find out more about priming like a pro in our guide.
Step 2 – Concealing
While people with dry, normal or oily skin are more likely to put on foundation before concealing, it is advisable to use concealer first for beauty lovers with blemish prone skin. This ensures that concealer application is on problem areas only and prevents the heavy, cakey look. If you need a hand with colour correcting only on certain areas of the face, make sure you go for a colour correcting concealer. Find a concealer for your skin type in our ultimate guide to colour correcting concealers.
Step 3 – Foundation
After you have applied concealer, it’s time to apply foundation. The type of foundation to go for should have skin soothing and mattifying properties. The formula should also have high coverage yet be light-weight, so that it allows you to build up the product where required.
Watch out for ingredients such as fragrance enhancers and alcohol – these often are likely to irritate sensitive skin, so avoid them if you can.
Step 4 – Setting Powder
To maximise your foundation’s staying power, set it with a light dusting of setting powder. This can be a mineral powder or a translucent one. Doing so will ensure that your foundation stays flawless throughout the day without the need to put any extra layers of foundation on.
And there you have it – these are the 4 steps to achieving full coverage for blemish prone skin without it feeling cakey or heavy.