Getting rid of acne scars can be a pain, and even with the most efficient solutions, you will still be looking at months of treatment before they are completely eradicated. What are you to do while passing that time?
Well, you can learn some useful acne scar makeup tutorials that will effectively conceal your scars without causing an outbreak and worsening your skin’s condition.
Here’s what you need to do…
Step 1: Prepare Your Canvas
Before I get into the deep discussion about the best acne scar makeups, you have to know that a clean canvas can greatly affect the results you will get.
So before anything else, you must thoroughly prepare your canvas—your face. Exfoliate to get rid of any excess oil and dirt, and moisturize to help the makeup last longer.
Step 2: Choose Your Acne Scar Makeup
There are several tools you will need for perfectly covering your scars with further aggravating your skin. Specifically, you will need a primer, foundation, concealer, and loose powder. While buying these makeups, it’s essential to remember the following:
- Your primer needs to be suited for acne-prone skin. Those that incorporate ingredients like salicylic acid and Vitamin E that suppress or aid in healing acne are better.
- You will be relying on your concealer to minimize your scars, so it must provide good coverage without making the affected area stand out. Liquid and tube concealers are specially recommended if you have large problem areas and highlighting pens if your acne scars mostly produced discoloration. Try green-tinted concealers if your scars produce a lot of redness on your skin.
- Your makeup should blend well with your skin; try them out on your hand and just beneath your ear, where the skin is quite thin, to see how they react with your skin tone.
- It’s generally best to choose concealers that are a shade lighter than your foundation. If you have a darker skin tone, orange-tinted makeups are best.
Your primer is meant to even your skin tone and make it smoother to prepare it for the application of your concealer. It also works as a barrier between your skin and your makeup—it stops the makeup from getting deep into your pores and increasing your risks of another breakout.
You have to spread it evenly on your skin through gentle, circular massages. Pay particular attention on problem areas and your T-zone where oil generally builds up and produce an unfavorable type of shine on your face.
Step 4: Get Your Concealer Magic Working
As mentioned earlier, liquid, tube, and highlighting pen concealers are your best bets. You only want to dab your concealer on the affected areas and blend it with the surrounding skin.
You can either use your hands or a small, soft, flat brush. Some people also use the bigger stippling brushes, but it might prove a bit difficult to handle if you’re not yet adept at using makeups.
Try using both methods to see which produces the better results. Whichever you decide to use, however, you have to remember to keep them always clean. That means frequent washes with mild soap for your hands or regular old dishwashing liquid for your brushes.
Step 5: Complete Your Look with a Foundation
After the concealer has reduced the redness and overall visibility of your acne scars, it’s time to lay down your foundation. The two main foundations that women use are: liquid and powder. However, we recommend the use of liquid and cream foundations as they stick better to the skin and, therefore, last longer.
You want to apply your foundation all over the face, going down to the neck area, and blending with gentle circular motions. A soft, medium-sized brush is the best to use for applying foundation to ensure full coverage, even application, and optimum blending.
Step 6: Seal It with Loose Powder
Before you take the last step, you have to make sure that all the makeup you applied so far have dried. Once it does, you can start dabbing your loose powder; the finer the powder, the better it will be in sealing the makeup layers. A soft, fluffy brush is your best tool for this final step.
Eliminating acne scars can take time. However, just because treatments take months don’t mean you have to wait that long to look and feel beautiful. Try this simple acne scar makeup tutorial, and see how it helps bring out the beauty in you.
Recommended Video Tutorials
There are two ladies that do a great job of showing you how to cover up acne scarring with makeup. I figured that I would add a few videos here to cover different skin types.
Up first is a video tutorial from Casandra Bankson. Cassandra has suffered from acne for quite a while and has put together this video entitled “Foundation Routine for Flawless Skin Acne Coverage”. Here is Casandra’ video:
Next up is Vicky Logan. Vicky suffers from acne scarring and put together this video that shows you how to apply makeup that will last long and cover up acne scars for ethnic skin.
These ladies have done a fabulous job of putting together these videos that make it easy to cover up acne scars with makeup. I hope that you have enjoyed them.