Makeup Dos and Don’ts for Acne Scarring

Anyone who has suffered from acne knows that getting rid of those painful bumps are just one part of the battle won. The other part of it is figuring out a way to fade those hyperpigmentation marks that your acne so lovingly left behind on the skin, leaving you with a not-so-subtle reminder of your past skin condition.


5 Tips to Smooth-Looking Skin

Even though there are professional treatments available to help improve the appearance of acne scars, there are ways to help you get a quick temporal fix if you are in a hurry. If you’re in this camp and need a quick, foolproof way to mask your acne scars, here are some makeup tips to help you improve the texture of your skin in a jiffy:

Prime Your Face Before Anything Else

Primers aren’t only used to help your makeup last longer throughout the day, but also smooths out the texture of your skin. Whether it be filling in enlarged pores, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, or smoothing over indented acne scars, primers shouldn’t be left out of your makeup routine if you want to improve the appearance of your skin’s texture. Primers come in a variety of formulations — cream, gel, water and silicone-based — with each formulation serving a different skin concern. Thus, make sure you choose the right primer for your skin if what you’re concerned with is smoothing over your acne scars. For this particular skin concern, opt for a silicone-based primer as the silicone will fill in any indented marks on the skin, which will help to create a smoother texture.

Avoid Dewy Base Products

When you have acne scars on your face, the last thing you want to do is bring attention to them by covering your skin in an illuminating foundation. As much as you want the dewy and flawless skin of K-pop stars, base products that create luminosity on your skin will just emphasise the uneven texture of your skin even more. Matte products, on the other hand, will soften and mask the appearance of your acne scars. If you have oily to combination skin, look for matte foundations that are oil-free to prevent your pores from getting clogged. Another option is to use mineral powder foundations as these will reduce the chances of your skin getting too oily as you’re getting on with your day. If you have dry skin, you’re probably thinking, “My skin will look as dry as the Sahara if I use a matte foundation!” To combat this, opt for a demi-matte foundation instead. This formulation will still keep your skin matte accompanied with a slight glow that won’t bring attention to your skin’s texture.

Highlight Only Where You Need It

Of course, applying a matte foundation onto your skin can sometimes cause it to look flat and one-dimensional. And just because you have acne scars, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid highlighters and other skin-illuminating products like the plague. You just need to be careful with where you place your highlight and not overdo it by applying all over your entire face. Be strategic and only focus on the areas of your face you want to draw attention to. If you want your cheekbones to pop, apply a bit of highlighter there. Want to create a slimmer-looking nose? Apply highlight down the bridge of your nose. Try to focus your highlight on only one or two features so your skin doesn’t look overly glowy. If you’ve applied a powder foundation as your base, go for a powder highlighter as well. If your foundation is in a cream or liquid formulation, opt for a highlighter in the same texture. This will create a more natural glow as the cream or liquid texture will melt and blend into your foundation more seamlessly.

Stipple and Press, Don’t Buff

Besides the makeup products you use, your application technique can make a difference to the appearance of your skin’s texture too. For instance, when you’re applying foundation or concealer, avoid swiping or buffing the product onto your skin. If you have acne scars, it is likely that certain areas of your scars have a slight “scaly” effect to them, and using a swiping or buffing motion can emphasise these areas. Instead, use your brush to stipple and press the foundation and concealer into your skin. Both these application techniques can help to fill in the indented scars and really push the product into the skin. Plus, when you’re applying foundation, concentrate the product mostly on your areas of concern where you want the most coverage. Use a flat-top foundation brush to press the product into the skin and then switch to a stippling brush to mesh it in place.

Use a Makeup Sponge

If you don’t like using makeup brushes or wish to achieve a more natural finish to your foundation, apply your makeup using a damp makeup sponge instead. You can use the same technique as stated above, but you might have to go in with more layers of foundation to achieve fuller coverage. Also, be aware that makeup sponges tend to create a more dewy finish, so don’t forget to set your makeup with powder after you’re done with your application. Another important thing: remember to always wash your sponge after each use. You don’t want to transfer the bacteria from your sponge onto your skin every time and worsening your skin condition, right? The same goes for your makeup brushes too.