Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Acne Coverage Tutorial

So I have had a lot of people ask me to start doing tutorials on here, and I always say "I don't do tutorials", but I have decided I am going to start! So here is my first tutorial (and the one that is most requested) an acne coverage tutorial. I have decided that on this blog I am not going to do my own makeup over and over again, I am going to work with lots of ages, skin types, colors, and face shapes. So for this tutorial I have my little sister Bethany as my model!

Step 1: Prep
Contrary to popular belief skin care is a paramount part of your foundation. If your skin is clean and healthy then the foundation will blend into your skin better. It will also help the foundation stay in place. These "before" picture were taken after Bethany had washed her face with a cleansing exfoliator, a toner, and then applied moisturizer and sunscreen. I am not going to lie, my sister is a tomboy who hates makeup, so she doesn't use skin care ever, but I made her for this tutorial. A skin care regimen is important to the application of makeup and your overall skin's health

Step 2: Concealer
Now I personally don't like real concealer, I think it is overpriced for what it is, and that it doesn't work that well, so instead I use a Packed Mousse or Cream to Powder makeup that is 2 shades lighter than skin tone. I usually use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup, but this time I used Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation. Honestly I would recommend the Maybelline brand for those with dry skin, otherwise I like Neutrogena's better. You need to apply this foundation liberally. You will see that her face has huge splotches of makeup over it. I do not have as much acne as my sister does, but I still apply unblended splotches of makeup over my problem areas.

Step 3: Foundation
whether you are using a liquid or powder foundation you can just put it right on top of this. As you apply your foundation you will notice that there might be a few line or spots where you can really see our "concealer". So just blend them in with either a makeup sponge or your fingers. You can see by the picture on the right, that she still has a few spots of acne showing through on her chin, nose and in-between her eyebrows, this is why we do step 4!

Step 4: Repeat
Yes, you just need to apply a small amount of the "concealer" on those really big acne scabs or still red and raw zits. Then cover them up once again by another does of foundation (just to the areas where the concealer was applied) and you will have fool proof all-day-wear foundation and acne coverage!

If you use a creme to powder or mousse foundation every day, you can still do this technique, you just need to use your normal color for foundation, and a color that is 2 shades lighter than your natural shade. When applying your foundation (not the concealer step) make sure you stipple your makeup on with a makeup sponge (which I believe are included in most creme to powder or mousse compact makeup.)

***Thanks to Alexa, Ashleigh, Lizzy, and Lea for asking this question***


  1. Makeup can help one’s face achieve a somewhat flawless look. And it can be seen on your sister’s face, she looks amazing! Just be careful with using those skincare products, as younger people tend to have more sensitive skin. And hopefully, she isn't allergic to any of the products you were using. But overall, this is a great tip! Thank you for sharing!

    Glenn Lowe @ Knight and Sanders

    1. Thanks for your support Glenn, I'd love to address your concerns. My sister was 16, and I (being a licensed and practicing) makeup artist and cosmetologist know that doing all this on a 10 year old would have been to much for her skin. Plus she washed it all off with the proper gentle cleansers just a few hours later. Because she is my sister (and she has worn makeup before) I knew she wasn't allergic to what I used on her. With makeup there is a trial and error period regardless. At any age you can put on something that looks great and break out or dry out (or some other reaction) because of it. Thanks for your concern and I am glad you liked the tutorial!


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