While there are plenty of ways to help treat problem skin, sometimes flawless makeup cover that gives you a fresh, natural look is all you need for a confidence boost.
Step 1: Start with clean skin and clean brushes
Firstly, start with an oil-free gel cleanser from La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range and micro-exfoliator to give you a clean base with unblocked pores. Cleanse your skin gently, remembering to avoid any products which might be too harsh and could flare up your acne-prone skin.
Don't skip the moisturising part of your cleanse as even if your skin is acne-prone and/or oily, it still requires hydration or will go into excess sebum production to compensate, resulting in oiler skin that at the start. Effaclar Mat moisturiser is also great for oily skin because as well as refining pores and regulating sebum, it also hydrates for 24 hours. It can also be used as a makeup base.
Remember to keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them at least once a week to avoid extra bacteria clogging up your pores and causing breakouts. Clean brushes by first running water over them, then gently rub in soap - be careful not to pull any of the bristles out. Rinse once more and then leave the brushes to dry, and voila!
Step 2: Build up coverage with mineral-based foundation
Use those clean brushes to create a flawless look. Slowly build up your coverage using a creamy foundation designed for acne-prone skin, and always check it is seamless under natural light. Applying a primer before your foundation can be a good way to achieve a lasting matte complexion.
Avoid oil-based products which may be comedogenic (products that can clog pores). Instead, opt for mineral-based foundations, bases and correctors. These can help to solve the problem of excess oil without drying out your skin or further irritating it.
Step 3: Correct colour, mattify, blush
When your foundation has been applied, use a colour corrector to minimise the appearance of any remaining blemishes. A green-toned corrector will reduce redness, while a yellow-toned corrector is ideal for purple under-eye shadows.
Dust a light coat of compact powder over the areas that tend to shine such as the forehead and chin. Finish your complexion with a sweep of blush across the upper cheek bones to give you a healthy glow and discreet definition.