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Know how to cover acne with makeup without looking cakey or flaky

No one wants to be caught dead suffering from an acne breakout. All of us wish to look smooth, flawless and beautiful at all times. But what if you are currently experiencing acne breakout? What is the easiest way to look perfect in an instant? Well, makeup, of course!


But how to cover pitted acne scars with makeup without looking cakey? This is one of the most common dilemmas of people with acne prone skin. This is because the texture of the acne prevents makeup from looking flawlessly and you often end up with a cakey and flaky finish.


This should not always be the case. There are plenty of ways on how you can perfectly apply your makeup even when hiding acne. Here are some amazing tips:


Create the perfect canvass 

You may know this already, but I am going to say it again-cleansing and moisturizing the skin pave the way for a flawless makeup application. If you fail to do these. Sweat, dry, flakes, and dirt may get in the way of your flawless makeup.


Exfoliating every day is not necessary, but if you noticed that your skin is quite flaky, you might want to perform this additional step. You can simply remove flaky skin from the blemish by dipping a cotton-tip swab in a liquid exfoliator (which contain AHA's) then gently applying it to the blemish.

If you don't want to exfoliate, use tape instead 

I know, this may sound absurd, but the best way to remove flakes from your skin is to make use of scotch tape. Simply pat the tape into your flaky skin and watch the flakes stick to it. After removing the flakes, pat a moisturizer in the dry area and let it sit for a while before putting on makeup.

Always start with a good primer 

Whatever your skin type is, may it be oily, or dry, a good primer is a must. This simple step can help you conceal the large size of your pores, boost the hydration of your skin, and conceal the red pigments and inflammation that are caused by breakouts.


When applying primer, make sure that you give it enough time to set before applying on makeup to ensure even application. If you have oily skin, opt for a shine-control or mattifying primer.


Follow it up with a color corrector 

Since we are dealing with acne, you can't just rely on the concealer to do the job. You have to tap into the amazing powers of a color corrector too. When choosing a color corrector, you have to consider the tone of the scar or acne.


For inflamed, red blemishes, a green color corrector is highly recommended. If you have hyperpigmentation left by acne scars that are darker and purple in color, grab a yellow color corrector. For women with darker skin tones and even darker scars, a color corrector with an orangey-pink shade is the best option for you.

Find the right foundation for your skin 

After the color corrector comes to the foundation. There are three things to consider when choosing a foundation-shade, undertones, and coverage.


The shade of the foundation matters. If the shade that you use is darker or lighter, it may appear cakey and may even highlight your scars. The best way to choose the shade of the foundation is to perform the three-swipe test. Get at least three shades that you think are closest to your skin and swipe each once along with your jawline. Opt for the one that perfectly blends with your skin.


Up next, the undertone. This may be a bit tricky to choose on your own, so you may want to seek the help of a professional with regards to this.


Lastly, the coverage. There are three types of foundation coverage-sheer, medium and full. A sheer coverage may not be enough to cover your blemishes. On the other hand, full coverage may make your blemishes look more noticeable. That is why medium coverage is always a good idea!

Use a brush in applying your concealer

You would not want to break out your pimple even more, right? If so, avoid applying your concealer using your fingers. Instead, use a stippling brush for it. Another tip for a flawless acne makeup look is to apply concealer not just on the people but the skin surrounding it as well. In this way, the skin will look flawless all throughout.


If your pimple is already flaring, then it is best if you will dust it up with a bit of translucent powder to build up the skin around a pimple.

Make your skin glowing with a highlighter 

With the layers of primer, foundation, color correctors, and concealers on your skin, your skin may end up looking a bit dull. After all, that natural glow has all been covered up! The best way to bring back the glow in your look is to apply a highlighter in the right parts of your face-cheekbone, brown bone, and Cupid's bow.

Finish it up with a setting spray

You don't like cakey and flaky makeup so most probably, you are looking for something dewy and flawless, right? Well, the best way to achieve the dewy look is to finish off your look using a setting spray. This product boosts the moisture of the skin, giving it that healthy glow. Using this instead of setting powder will help prevent the look from being cakey.


If you find your skin getting oily in the middle of the day, use blotting paper to prevent shine. Do not add a layer of foundation because all of those layers of powders can make your skin look dull and flaky.


These are the secrets on how to cover acne scars with makeup. No matter how severe your acne breakout is or how deep the acne scars are, you can be able to conceal it flawlessly. The tips mentioned above can help you do just that!

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