It’s bad enough to have acne, but it’s worse when it permanently scars your face. Many acne scars will fade with time and some people are able to have the scars removed but for those of us who don’t care for medical intervention, makeup does a good job of hiding them.
Hypoallergenic makeup is always a good choice, whatever your skin type. Be sure to choose a water-based as opposed to oil-based makeup. There is even medicated makeup for those prone to acne and these might be a good choice even if you don’t get break-outs. If you don’t know what to choose, many stores have free makeovers in their cosmetics departments; you can get expert advice on shades and application techniques.
Start with concealer, which should be one or two shades lighter than the foundation you’ll apply over it. Cream types give a smoother appearance than the liquids. You should always use your fingers to apply concealer as your body heat will warm it up and it will blend into your skin better. You should never apply concealer to raised areas, as it will make them more obvious. Pat the concealer on your face instead of rubbing for a more natural look. It’s alright to add more concealer if you can still see the scar but wait till the first coat dries.
You can then add foundation, also best applied with your fingers. A yellow-based foundation that matches your own skin tone is best. It’s best to apply this makeup as lightly as possible as the object of makeup is to enhance and conceal while looking natural. If you look made up, you have too much on. Again, a professional can help you choose the right shade for your skin. It’s best to test foundation on an area under your jaw to be sure it’s truly the proper shade for you and to see if your skin has any bad reactions to the makeup.
A good, oil-free finishing powder atop the foundation will finish the job. It’s best to use a velour puff instead of a brush, tapping off the excess before dusting it onto your face. Use powder sparingly, as too much gives you a “pancake” appearance.
Always be sure to thoroughly cleanse your face of makeup before bedtime. Not doing so could lead to another breakout and your skin will be unable to breathe properly.