An unavoidable milestone in puberty for many would be a change in body shape, height and sadly, acne. Save for a few individuals that have won the genetic lottery for good skin – most of us find ourselves struggling to deal with pimple outbreaks and their subsequent after effect, namely, acne scars. This is especially so for people who often pick their zits or have an increased tendency to scar due to the inflammatory reaction of their skin to cystic acne.
Acne scars can come in various shapes and forms such as the ‘ice pick’ scars, ‘boxcar’ scars, ‘rolling scars’ or ‘keloids’. The amount of time each type of scar last varies among individuals and there are some scars that won’t seem to go away. Ultimately, this can deal a huge blow to your confidence and make you very self-conscious of how you look.
Thankfully, with the advent of makeup, achieving a seemingly flawless, ‘airbrushed’ complexion is definitely within reach despite your blemishes or acne scars. However, the trick is to know how to utilise these makeup tools so that it blends well into your skin and accentuates your facial features. For instance, rubbing or slathering on your foundation in large amounts at a time on your face may result in emphasising your acne scars instead of covering them. This is because the rubbing motion might aggravate your skin, causing it to become patchy and flaky even without makeup on. Applying a lot of foundation at one time will also make your face look cakey, which is not a flattering look for anyone.
Not proficient with the art of applying makeup? Don’t worry as we have prepared a list of makeup tips below that will let you enjoy the blemish-free skin effect.
Ready, Set And Makeup!
Before you embark on your journey to crafting the image of having silky, smooth skin, do note that each person’s skin condition differs and that might be products that do not work well on your skin but might be perfectly fine for others. Hence, it is crucial that you factor this into the equation when selecting the type of makeup products that you would like to use to conceal your acne scars, pimples and dark spots. Also, prior to putting on any makeup, ensure that your face is free from oil, impurities and dirt build-up by washing it with a cleanser and then moisturizing it. This will facilitate the application of makeup later and allow it to glide on more easily.
Use a Primer
Despite it being a step that many people commonly forgo, using a primer can go a long way to ensuring that your makeup remains intact the entire day. This is especially so if you are going to be outdoors for a long period of time and exposed to various weather elements. The primer also aids in hydrating your skin and reducing the harshness of any fine lines or large pores. To top it off, there are even some primers that have a colour correcting function that can address your specific skin problems such as redness and even out your skin tone.
Apply Foundation With A Brush
When selecting foundations, try to opt for a foundation with a matte base as they tend to be more forgiving on bumpy and uneven skin than their other counterparts. Matte foundations are also suitable for people with acne prone skin as it downplays the problem areas while making sure that your face does not look oily. In addition, you are advised to apply foundation onto your face with a makeup brush so that it is evenly spread out to get that airbrushed effect. However, do be careful not to put too much foundation on the brush or you might end up looking cakey. This can be done by putting a bit of foundation on the back of your hand before dabbing your brush in it and subsequently applying it on to your face. If you do not have a brush, you can also use a beauty sponge applicator to lightly apply foundation onto your face.
Apply And Blend The Concealer
Now, for the hero of the hour – the trusty concealer. Using your fingers, dab a small amount of concealer on the various problem areas such as dark spots, blemishes and acne scars that you wish to conceal. Then, ensure that it blends well by gently patting on the spots and areas with your fingertips. Alternatively, you can also choose to apply concealer using a concealer brush but for makeup novices, using your fingers to apply concealer is highly recommended as it is easier to control.
Set Makeup With Powder
As your makeup settles, a way to assure that it stays put and not melt in the humid weather conditions of Singapore is to apply some powder. Spread it over your face by using either a cushion pad or brush, depending on the type of powder that you have chosen. For example, loose powder is usually applied with a brush whereas cushion powders have a cushion pad that comes along with the powder compact.
Apply Finishing Spray
Finally, end off with using a finishing spray to lock in your entire skin makeup for the day and doubly prevent it from running. After which, you are then free to apply your eye, brows and lip makeup and voila, there you have it! A complete makeup look with a blemish free skin effect.