The Best Makeup For Covering A Raging Acne Situation

Looking cakey isn't much of an improvement over looking broken-out. Let's avoid that, shall we?

I recently told you how I forced my skin too cooperate, so now, let's get into how I covered up the mess I was battling for so long.

I started wearing foundation when I was 14 to hide the redness and the acne. But while I certainly covered it, the cakey makeup situation I had going on wasn't much better.

Fortunately, at some point, I discovered blending and that vital bit of knowledge, “less is more.” So, luckily for me, I didn't wander off to university with half an inch of makeup on my skin.

So, before you do anything else, you'll need to make the surface of your skin as smooth as possible. Exfoliate regularly and make sure to moisturise, even if you have oily skin. Let your moisturiser sink in for a bit; I aim for 10 minutes, but we all know how mornings are, so try to give it at least three.


The first thing you'll need are blotting sheets to gently dab any excess surface oil. This is much better than using a harsh cleanser to strip all the oil from your face as blotting sheets won't take away more oil than is necessary.

The Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are fine but I prefer the Boscia Blotting Linens because they're bigger, made out of a different material and actually cheaper (at least where I live) because you get 100 sheets as opposed to 50.


You'll need a primer to create the perfect canvas for your makeup. Primers aren't necessary for everyone, but they do help create a smoother surface. And if you have bumpy, broken-out skin that might also be flaky from harsh acne treatments, well, you need all the help you can get.

My two favourites are the Revlon PhotoReady Primer Color Correcting Primer and the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I like the Revlon one for when my skin is oily and the Smashbox one for when it's dry, even though it's stupid-expensive.


I tend to favour a lower-coverage foundation to take the edge off the redness and breakouts before concealing but I know that when every inch of your skin is bright red and broken out, that's not really practical. So if you'd have to put concealer on half your face with a lighter base, I recommend the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. This stuff has great coverage and it really is quite long-lasting. I used to have a terrible habit of sleeping in my makeup and sometimes I wouldn't bother to remove it the next morning. Ddon't judge me; I was gross.

It is a little heavy-feeling if you're not used to heavier foundation but it's on par with the coverage you get.

The lighter-coverage option, and what I'll be demonstrating with, is Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup. It's buildable light-medium coverage at most, but the finish is just like it sounds it would be: natural and skin-like.


For concealer, I have three options for you. The Almay Clear Complexion Concealer is not the best for huge spots but, it's good for acne scarring and redness; Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer is good if your skin is flaky and dry; and Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer is perfect for whatever the hell sprouted on your face overnight. This stuff lasts all day and comes in half a billion shades, so this should work for anyone. It's pricey, but it's lasted me for over a year, even though I managed to step on it and squirt half of it out onto the floor.

So maybe don't do that and then you should be able to stretch this tube for at least two years.


The last step is powder. I have two I can recommend, I've been using the New York Colour Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder since high school and I love it, it's only a couple of dollars and it does a good job of mattifying the skin.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is every bit as amazing as the foundation and provides a tiny bit of coverage as well as mattifying then skin. I'd recommend pairing the NYC powder with a heavier foundation and the Revlon one with a lighter foundation.

How do you guys cover up breakouts?