Having acne is complicated, trust me, I know that struggle. If you are just starting out with makeup, you may think makeup isn’t for you just because of your acne skin. I’ve heard a few people say that to me and I’ve told them it doesn’t have to be so. You can wear makeup even on your acne prone skin and know that you are safe and will be free from experiencing makeup-induced breakouts. In fact, the right makeup can help improve your skin. I have over the years been able to comfortably wear makeup and not breakout because I know and have paid attention to the products that work for me.
I start with an oil-free, light-weight moisturizer.
My makeup essentially starts with me applying my Black|up Ultra Mattifying Rebalancing Fluid. It’s a light-weight moisturizer that has a mattifying effect to the skin. Yes, I know it’s skincare but I find that it sort of doubles as a primer, keeps my makeup looking fresh for longer and prevents me from producing more oil than neceaasry.
A good primer is key.
I usually love to use primers that keep me matte and also have ingredients that can combat acne. A good one is the Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base which contains Salicylic acid (which helps improve acne and blemishes) but I gave that to my sister as her skin is still recovering from acne. Now I use the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which still works so well for my skin and keeps me oil free for a good number of hours.
Get a good setting powder too.
Setting powders are the bomb at setting and mattifying your foundation. Ever since I heard and tried the powder before foundation technique, I’ve always set my face with my Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder just right after I use my primer. It is flash back proof and and is great for women of color.
Oil-Free Foundations are magic for your skin.
I’ve come to accept that dewy, glowy foundations will never work for me. They will only make me oilier faster and more prone to clogged pores and breakouts. I’ve stuck to my Black|up Mattifying Fluid Foundation as its matte formula work pretty well at keeping me oil free for a long time.
Also invest in Non-Comedogenic powders, blushers, highlighters, etc.
There are so many brands these days that put into consideration acne prone and oily skin, From high-end to affordable makeup brands. When picking out make for your skin look out for products that clearly state that they are Non-comedogenic (do not clog pores). Also products with ingredients like Zinc oxide, Silica, Titanium oxide are also beneficial to the skin.
What are your makeup essentials for your oily, acne prone skin?