The best makeup for acne-prone skin

Whether you’re dealing with the odd breakout here and there or have a constant patch of acne, covering it up is one of the first things you want to do, but you’re often faced with a conundrum. Do you use every concealer, foundation and primer you have in the hope to cover it up and not see any traces or do you let your skin go bare faced in the hope your breakouts go away – and fast? Thankfully, there is an answer, with beauty brands recognising that acne is one of the biggest skin problems, there is makeup designed specifically for acne-prone skin!

We speak with Celebrity make-up artist and skincare expert, Karin Darnell on all thing’s acne…

‘’High coverage foundations are very popular amongst those with acne-prone skin, as they fully cover all blemishes, however, these foundations can clog up your pores more and therefore it’s best to try and stick to a more lightweight foundation that will allow your skin to breathe.

I would also recommend steering clear of foundations that contain oil and instead opt for oil-free foundations, as some can clog pores and cause further breakouts. Salicylic acid is an ingredient to look out for in foundations, as this ingredient helps to keep pores clear of excess oil.

With any foundation that you use, always use a makeup brush or beauty blender to apply and blend the foundation in, whether it’s a paddle foundation brush or a clean blusher brush. However, it’s so important to clean your makeup brushes weekly, as bacteria can build up and cause more break outs on the skin.’’ – Karin Darnell

Check out our recommendations for the best beauty products for acne-prone skin…

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Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation, £53

Designed to clear and conceal problematic skin, this acne control foundation is a total game changer. Containing 2% Salicylic Acid, this new innovation helps to unblock pores and minimise acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin – and is regularly used backstage at the Oscars, London Fashion Week and is a staple product in many leading make-up artists kits.

Airbase Ultra Foundation, £36

Packed full of vitamin A & E, this acne-friendly formula is more than just foundation. This Ultra Foundation helps to improve elasticity of the skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as protecting the skin from free radicals. Perfect for creating a durable, flawless finish that can be applied with a brush, sponge or for optimum results, through an airbrush.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, £39.95

Usually when it comes it concealing acne, we’re left with either an oily complexion or a dry, matte finish and have to compromise on our ‘glow’ but with this BB Cream, you can have it all. This acne-friendly formula helps to cover blemishes, minimise the appearance of pores, disguise wrinkles, smooths and brightens skin and gives you that healthy glow.


IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Breakout, £26.50

Now if you want something more than just an ordinary concealer then THIS.IS.IT. This two-in-one gem doubles up as a spot treatment and a concealer as it helps to heal breakouts whilst concealing them too. Developed with plastic surgeons, this miracle treatment concealer is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, will stay put all day and even gives full-coverage for even the reddest blemishes. *Adds 10 to my basket.

E.L.F Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer, £5

This budget-friendly concealer provides impressive coverage. A small amount is enough to camouflage practically every blemish and reddened skin in sight. Although the thick consistency is hard to blend, you can mix with your foundation for a better slip and can also be used as a contour and highlight for flawless skin. This is your skin emergency, daily wear saviour and everything in-between – and it’s only a fiver.

KALME Chameleon Concealer, £19.95

When it comes to acne, there’s talk about whether to go a shade darker for those who have bumps and to go for the same match as your foundation for those without but what about a product that decides for you? The Chameleon Concealer matches to your skin tone once applied and with an added patented ingredient, containing both a green and tinted formula, this concealer helps to conceal skin prone to redness, acne, bumpiness and sensitivity.

Amazing Concealer, £31.99

When you need a concealer that simply won’t budge and does a good job with concealing acne, reach for this Amazing Concealer. Formulated to erase the appearance of dark circles, broken capillaries, sun damage, blemishes and redness and what’s more is that a little really does go a long way. Fancy coverage with contouring properties but want to avoid splashing out on two products? Shop their Perfection Stick for on-the-go application.

Priori Mineral Skincare SPF 25, £36

This easy-to-use powder brings so many benefits and more. Sunscreen, antioxidants and foundation coverage, this powder is great for smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, conceal uneven skin tone and improves overall appearance of problematic skin such as acne and rosacea.

BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mineral Powder Foundation, £27

For those wanting a lightweight non-comedogenic powder but powerful coverage, this mineral foundation is great for covering acne scarring and redness with ease.  With ingredients such as tea tree, salicylic acid and Aloe vera, this formula helps to actively treat breakouts whilst you wear it.

Jane Iredale Purepressed Base Mineral Foundation, £35

Formulated with pine bark and pomegranate extract, this four-in-one foundation is a great all-rounder product for any situation. This foundation, powder, concealer and board spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 UVB/UVA gives the skin a matte finish to avoid that 11am shine.

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Text: Laura Ward

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