Foundations and concealers that heal skin while covering it


Is there a worse cycle to be stuck in than when you’ve had a break out, so you desperately try and cover every last remaining red spot with concealer and foundation, only to have this irritate and congest skin even further?

And then you repeat the process all over again?

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It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with a one-off bump or are fighting cystic acne, there is no debating that the wrong formulation of cover-up makeup can inflame anyone’s skin. 

Although the best solution is to allow your skin to breathe, it is totally understandable that certain situations call for a bit of a glam up.

And if you feel self-conscious about your breakouts, then you absolutely should have the right to cover them up and not suffer any consequences the next day. 

Here is our round up of the foundations and concealers formulated specifically to cover breakouts, as well as  heal your skin underneath in the process.

Clinique – Even Even Better Refresh™ Hydrating and Repairing Makeup

Clinique’s lightweight liquid foundation provides medium coverage that is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.


It is also formulated with salicylic acid, which works to improve skin clarity and texture, aka to help fight breakouts.


It’s suitable for combination to oily skin types and is available in 27 shades.

Read reviews for Clinique – Even Even Better Refresh™ Hydrating and Repairing Makeup.



IT Cosmetics – Bye Bye Breakout Full Treatment Concealer

Perfect for acne-prone skin, this concealer simuatenously works to conceal and treat acne, redness and other blemishes. 

It’s infused with  AHA/BHAs, anti-ageing peptides and hydrolysed collagen, plus oil-absorbing zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, tea tree, sulphur. 

Available at Sephora, $42

COVER FX – Custom Cover Drops

These custom drops can convert any face cream, oil or serum into a tinted moisturiser or lightweight coverage product. This way, your skin can continue to reap the benefits of your chosen skin care with just an added bit of coverage.


Available at Sephora, $72


Kosas – Tinted Face Oil

This tinted facial oil works in over time to heal skin, as well as provide an even tint to your complexion.

Formulated with avocado oil to hydrate the skin, red raspberry seed oil to repair and jojoba to soothe.

Available at Mecca, $67

TARTE – Babassu Foundcealer™ Multi-Tasking Foundation

This makeup and skin care hybrid is formulated with nourishing essential fatty acids and antioxidants to hydrate and plump skin, while working on minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Available at Sephora, $60

Nude By Nature – Flawless Concealer

This dermatologically-tested creamy concealer makes covering up blemishes a breeze.

It’s enriched with nourishing ingredients such as bamboo powder, baobab fruit extract, kakadu plum, quandong and desert lime. 

Read more about Nude by Nature Flawless Concealer here…

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  1. I prefer to rely on skin care ingredients from skin care products rather than from makeup. Having said that, I can see how some of the products in this article might benefit someone with acne (which I do not have).

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