When my acne was at its worst, foundation ranked highly in a list of items that I could not live without.

While to some that might sound like an exaggeration, those of you who have acne will know; a good foundation is EVERYTHING!

You could say that over the years I’ve established a very unhealthy relationship with makeup. Like a lot of blemished beauties out there, I couldn’t leave the house or even answer the door without wearing it. Of course there is an element of paranoia at play but also the very REAL reaction that people display when they look at my acne for the first time. Was I really that ugly? And then there are those who go one step further and ask that question…

“What’s happened to your face?”

Foundation has given me the freedom to escape those horrified expressions and spared me the ordeal of having to explain my appearance. Although makeup wasn’t a permanent solution to the way I felt about my skin, it did allow me temporarily forget that I had acne and live ‘normally’. I also found makeup a great preventative against wasting hours in front of the mirror obsessing over my skin.

It wasn’t until 2017 that I realised I relied waaaay too heavily on makeup.

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Over the last fourteen years I have used a lot of different types of foundation depending on the severity of my acne. In this blog I explain the difference between the foundations available and what skin type they are best suited to.

For build-able coverage

For those of you with rosacea, or sensitive skin types, using a mineral foundation will conceal your skin minimising the risk of further aggravation. What I love about this type of foundation is that it is build-able – so as you grow more confident in your skin, you can reduce how much you apply!

Depending on the brand, mineral makeups are free of the usual skin irritants, like mineral oil, colours and fragrances. My absolute favourite has to be YoungBlood – Natural Mineral Loose Foundation! This covered my blemishes perfectly without drying or clogging my pores which meant I could conceal my breakouts GUILT FREE! If you are unsure how to decipher the ingredients of your preferred foundation, check out this amazing app – Think Dirty.

My top tip for applying mineral foundation is to use a soft brush with light dabbing and circular motions. If your brush is too coarse or you apply too much pressure you will remove previously applied layers and cause unwanted friction on the skin.

YoungBlood Natural Mineral Foundation $44
Tropic Mineral Foundation £20 
Jane Iredale Pressed Mineral Foundation $42

For full, long-lasting coverage

Foundations that boast durability and maximum coverage usually mean that they don’t allow your skin to breathe in the same way a mineral foundation will. While these foundations have concealed my breakouts flawlessly in the past, I now use them sparingly for special occasions.

In my experience these foundations have a thick consistency best suited for dry skin, so don’t worry if it takes a few attempts to create an even finish. For beginners I would recommend using a beauty blender to help reduce aggravating your skin during application.

The best thing about using a liquid foundation is their hygienic packaging, unlike mineral foundations that require you to dispense some of the product into the lid. With a liquid you can pump or pour these straight onto your hand minimising the risk of contamination and spreading acne bacteria.

Estée-Lauder - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup $42
Charlotte Tilbury - Magic Foundation £32
M.A.C Pro Longwear Foundation $36

For light coverage

If you are opting for a tinted moisturiser, you are well on your way to feeling confident in your own skin! YES CYSTER!!!

After fourteen years of concealing my breakouts with a full coverage foundation, I never believed that a tinted moisturiser would ever be enough to confidently cover my acne. But in recent weeks my skin has improved so much that a tinted moisturiser is the only security blanket I need.

As these are 2 in 1 products, it is worth investing the time to find one that suits your skin type. You can set this in the same way a foundation, using your normal finishing powder to prevent a shiny complexion.

Environ Skincare Hydra + Foundation
Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint $45
Tropic Pure Effects Beauty Booster SPF 35 £22

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