I personally have suffered from bad acne in the past. I know what it’s like to feel self conscious and worry if other people noticed it as much as I did.
Since early last year I’d personally say that my acne isn’t as bad as it’s been in the past. Since then I’ve tried multiple products to try and stop the acne completely. For some people acne can just be a short term thing however, for me and other people it can be much more long term. I suppose since last year I’ve learned to accept that I have acne and that some days can be worse that other days, however I can’t speak for everyone else. Although I’ve learned to accept it I do use different make-up techniques to make it less noticeable and to make myself feel more comfortable especially when I feel like I’m breaking out more than normal.
So, I’m going to share with you a few things I have tried, a few products I advise to give the best result and I will also give a step to step on how I apply my make-up to make myself feel more comfortable about my acne.
First off, I will start by mentioning a few products I have tried. Some products can be a bit pricey, however I will mention a cheaper alternative which is just as good.
One of my favourite products is Clear Difference Serum from Estee Lauder. This product is quite pricey, starting at a price of £45 for a 30ml bottle. However, it does last and you don’t need a lot of product when using it either. Sometimes you’ll find that you’ll pay £5-£10 for a product but it won’t last. So paying for many bottles will add up overall. This product is very long lasting so you really do get your money’s worth out of it. It’s easy to apply as well, just apply it before you apply your make-up. Sometimes, I’ve even applied it before bed just to give me that little bit extra.
Another product I personally like is Anti-Blemish Solution All-Over Cleaning Treatment, for a less price of £20. This is a very good product and it is such a good product to use if you were to also purchase the Redness Solution Foundation. This product is under the foundation section, however it’s not a full enough product for it to be an actual foundation, It just covers any redness of the acne/skin that still shows through after the solution treatment has been applied. However, it is a nice coverage to wear alone, but if you’re a person who likes a full coverage foundation then I’d advice applying a little bit of foundation on top if you feel the Redness Solution Foundation isn’t giving you the best coverage.
You can also try clean and clear advantage spot treatment or Freederm Gel, both under £10. However, I personally think these type of gels are more for people who get spots every so often, not for people who have more severe acne. This, I think is because it can be good for battling one or two little spots but for acne in general it isn’t as powerful to get rid of them so quickly compared to a few little spots. So I would advise the products I’ve experienced to be much more effective helpful but there is cheaper options at Boots or Superdrug, if you’d prefer.
Step by Step.
Before I apply any make-up to my skin, I cleanse my face using a make-up remover by No7 to make sure there isn’t any product still on my skin. After the make-up remover I will apply my Clear Difference Serum to my skin. Then I let the serum set for 5-10mins before applying any make-up.
After I’ve let the serum set, I then go onto applying a Primer, this is just so my make-up is longer lasting throughout the day and it also gives a better finished result. (Primer – Smashbox Photofinish Primer, £25 or other cheaper products such as, L’oreal Paris Infallible Primer Matte Base, £7.99, or L’oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream, £9.99.)
After my primer is set, sometimes if my acne is more noticeable I will apply a colour corrector in colour green, this will block out any redness in my face. (Max Factor Colour Corrector Stick In Green, £8.99, you can also buy any colour corrector in the colour green which will block out the redness, however I prefer the Max Factor Corrector Stick.)
Onto foundation, I use Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, £30, as it gives me a good full coverage, which I prefer especially when I want to try and hide my acne. Another foundation which is good for full coverage is No7 Protect and Perfect Foundation, £16.50.
After my foundation is set I will then set my foundation with a loose neutral powder by Ben Nye, £8.99. However any neutral powder will do as long as it’s neutral as any powder with colour can give an orange tinge in your make-up which will affect the finished result.
The bronzer I use is from Benefit, Hoola Bronzing Powder, £23, which I apply lightly to my cheek bones.
Then I finish off with mascara by Kiko Cosmetics, Unforgettable Mascara, £3.90.
On a day to day basis, I would normally do this routine whereas If I’m going out, I would do the same routine but I would apply my eye shadow before my foundation to reduce any eye shadow from smudging underneath my eyes. Then after I’ve applied my foundation I would use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Pallet, £39 or my contour pallet from Revolution, £6.99 to give my face more colour and more bold, then I’d apply my bronzer on to my cheek bones and apply my mascara.