Tips for covering problem skin
Hands up if you’re well past puberty but still suffer from imperfections and blemishes? Keep them up if you’re sick of slathering your face with product, only to look like this ice cream?
Yeah, I feel you.
I’ve had over 10 years of experience in dealing with problem skin. Whiteheads, blackheads, oiliness – you name it, I’ve suffered through it, and on bad days, all at the same time!
While my oily, acne-prone skin may be the bane of my existence, I’ve perfected the art of covering it. So, don’t let your skin get you down - let my lessons learnt be your saving grace!
#1 Invest in a mattifying primer
A mattifying primer is a godsend for those with oily skin – especially if you find that by lunchtime, your foundation has slid right off your face. It works as a barrier between your make-up and skin (to help keep your pores clear and prevent future breakouts). It also controls shine and ensures your make-up applies easily and lasts the distance! MAC Prep and Prime Skin helps to blot away excess oil and reduce redness, so give that one a go!
#2 Make good use of tools
My life changed the moment I decided to start using application tools, rather than just pushing them to the bottom of my make-up bag. I always use an egg-shaped beauty sponge (like the QVS Deluxe Egg Sponge) to apply my foundation. Not only does it keep my bacteria-ridden fingers off my face, but it also delivers an even application every time. The pointed tip is great for smoothing over smaller areas, like the nose and eyes.
The same goes for concealer. Use a high-quality brush, like the Estee Lauder Concealer Brush, to apply product and cover those pesky blemishes.
#3 Powder for president!
Powder is the blemish-prone, oil-slicked gal’s best friend. I’m a huge fan of Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover. The mineral powder covers redness, imperfections and enlarged pores and offers a perfect, airbrushed finish. On the days I wear it, people will often ask me, “how is your skin so flawless?!” And they don’t realise how much of a compliment that is!
#4 Go make-up free
I understand how hard it can be to steer clear of make-up, especially on those days when your skin is throwing a tantrum. However, going barefaced every so often can do your skin the world of difference. You can read more about the benefits of going make-up free here. Why not try #makeupfreemonday and swap your foundation for a luxurious moisturiser?
While these tips are great for covering my troubled skin, I'm also working towards clearing it up for good. Which means not only using the right skin care products, but also starting from within. These articles are a great help if you're looking to do the same:
Do you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin? What tips do you have to ensure your face looks flawless?