How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin

In many cases, it is recommended for people suffering from acne not to wear makeup as it may worsen the symptoms of this skin condition. But it is also true that if we use properly, we can get results that are more positive. In addition to concealing acne blemishes, it is essential to fully cleanse your skin to remove all traces of makeup and treat acne in the right way. In this OneHowTo article, we explain how to apply makeup for acne skin.

You may also be interested in: How to Prevent Acne
Steps to follow:

Before you start to learn how to apply makeup for acne skin, you should make sure you clean your face properly to reduce the production of sebum and unclog the pores. So firstly you should cleanse your face with lukewarm water and a specific acne facial gel if you have been prescribed one.

Once your skin is perfectly clean, you must hydrate it, because although acne-prone skin has a tendency to be greasy, it's possible that the medicine or products used to fight this condition will dry your face. If your dermatologist hasn't recommended using a specific moisturizing cream, choose one with a gel, oil-free and non-comedogenic base to apply it all over your face evenly.

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin - Step 1

Now you can start with the makeup! You should use a primer or serum to moisturize your skin and, in turn, to mattify it to avoid it looking shiny and spoiling the end result. It is very important that you know how to treat oily skin in order to avoid any side effects.

So the redness of the spots doesn't show even after we apply the foundation, you should use a green concealer on them. Make sure you blend it well. You can see more details in our article how to cover spots with makeup.


When choosing your foundation, don't go for the high coverage ones to avoid the "mask effect" as these are not good for acne skin as; rather than hiding the symptoms and acne marks, you will highlight them more.

The type of foundation that is most adequate for acne skin is oil-free foundation, which you can find in pharmacies or specialized shops. If you have very oily skin you should use mineral foundation powder.

Use a makeup brush to avoid getting bacteria on your face. Apply your makeup with small touches all over your face, covering up the spots and blending it perfectly so that they don't look like unsightly, artificial blobs.

As for concealer, you should look for one the same color as your skin and never lighter. You will have to apply it with your fingers, gently dabbing it on or use a very soft brush. We recommend that you only use it for the reddish blemishes caused by acne that are still showing, and always try to aim for a natural end look.

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin - Step 3

The use of compact powder can make acne spots be more visible, which is why it's not advisable. If you have acne and are putting on makeup, we suggest that you use translucent mattifying powder to reduce shine throughout the day. Most importantly, you should apply it to your T-zone and chin, the areas most likely to become shiny.

If, even though you are using this product, the shine is constant on your face, we advise you to use absorbing towels that are specific to get rid of shine. Take them in your bag and use them whenever you need to.

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin - Step 4

Eye and lip makeup can be your best ally to hide acne on your face and diminish its visibility. The trick is to try and enhance the area that has less spots to attract people's attention towards that area.

For example, if most of your spots are around your mouth, the best thing to hide spots is to apply a good amount of eye makeup to give them an intense and deep look. If your forehead is the most affected area, the ideal thing to do is to apply makeup with strong and vibrant colors such as red, fuchsia, orange, purple...

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin - Step 5

If your cheeks are very affected by acne, it's convenient not to use blush, but if you do, apply one with a powder base on the top part, without going over the top.

Another good option to give your face a more healthy look is to apply an illuminator on the top part of your cheeks.

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin - Step 6

Now you know the steps to apply makeup for acne skin, it's important that you also take into account the following advice and don't miss out on them if you want your skin to get back to its gorgeous state:

  • Use makeup products that are high-quality, hypoallergenic and from the pharmacy if your acne is mild or severe.
  • Clean your brushes daily, if possible, and avoid applying makeup with your fingers.
  • Avoid applying a big layer of makeup on your skin, the most adequate is to let your dermis breathe so it can recover.
  • Don't share your cosmetics with anyone, especially if you're using special products for acne.
  • You can use hydrating lotions in refreshing sprays such as thermal water, which ill also serve to fix your makeup.

If you want to read similar articles to How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin, we recommend you visit our Beauty & Personal Care category.

  • Don't wear too much makeup as it will have the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve.
  • Thoroughly cleanse your face at the end of the day to remove all traces of makeup.

Write a comment about How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin

What did you think of this article?

How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin
1 of 6
How to Apply Makeup for Acne Skin

Back to top