Lately I have been developing cystic acne (yay...) Not only has this been frustrating me since I've never had acne before, but it made me rethink my makeup game. I've covered acne and redness successfully on clients in the past, but because I've never had the need to use the makeup techniques I use on clients on myself, it was quite eye opening to see how uncomfortable this makeup could feel.
Sometimes people are surprised that I am a makeup artist because it rarely looks like I am using many face products. To be honest, I hate the feeling of foundation on my face, so I am always looking for the smoothest and lightest weight foundations and powders, and I always try to do the same for my clients when possible.
Over the weekend, I spent a few hours trying to conceal my acne and redness without feeling cakey or overdone. I think there is a misconception out there that the more makeup you have on, the better it looks on camera. I don't necessarily agree with this. My makeup in this video is actually quite minimal, and my acne and redness is barely noticeable. Using the right products with the right techniques makes all the difference.
(This side of my face, especially around the forehead and mouth has deep, red, cystic acne. My cheek is also extremely red underneath this makeup as well).
The key is within the first couple steps. For one, make sure your skin is exfoliated and moisturized. Makeup applies and sticks better on clean, hydrated skin (so that means drink tons of water too!)
Secondly, start with a green concealer to cancel out the redness on acne spots or red patches. You don't need a lot, so use sparingly. Then, apply a skin tone colour concealer on top of the green concealer. Again, use sparingly. No need to completely conceal the green. Note: a cream concealer works best. Try to avoid liquid concealers for this step.
Then apply your foundation using a pressing motion as opposed to a spreading motion. This will keep the concealers in place. Top with a setting powder and voila! Acne and redness hidden!
Let me know if you tried this trick, and how it worked out for you! If you need more of a visual, my YouTube video will explain how exactly I did it. Remember to subscribe if you like the video and want to see more!