Top foundation techniques for camouflaging blemish-prone skin

If you’re looking to disguise symptoms of acne, such as blemishes, redness and scarring

If you’re looking to disguise symptoms of acne, such as blemishes, redness and scarring, take note.  Our expert tips will help you to achieve an even looking complexion in no time.

Top foundation techniques for camouflaging blemish-prone skin
Top foundation techniques for camouflaging blemish-prone skin

Research suggests that an astonishing 85% of us will struggle with acne between the ages of 12 and 24. What’s more, up to a quarter of sufferers are left with some form of scarring.[1] So it’s no surprise that we are looking for ways to perfect the look of our skin with makeup, but what’s the best way to cover up without making your skin worse?


Choose products with benefits

While studies have yet to find evidence that suggests makeup causes acne[2], it may make problematic skin worse, so it’s important to pay attention to your foundation’s formula to avoid provoking blackheads, pimples and redness , irritating skin further. 

Many foundations may clog pores, with oil prone areas such as the forehead, nose or chin being particularly susceptible, especially when concealers or foundations are used to cover them. Always select makeup labelled non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block pores.

Certain ingredients may also exacerbate acne and may cause your skin to have an allergic reaction. Pick out products that are hypoallergenic, with short ingredients lists, to minimalize the risk of irritating skin further.

Other ingredients can actively help to restore problematic skin. Vichy Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation is enriched with active dermatological ingredients including zinc gluconate, salicylic acid and vitamin E and helps to battle blemishes and minimise excess oil. In fact all Vichy’s Dermablend range of foundations are recommended by dermatologists because they are all hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. 

If you’re undergoing a skin treatment from a dermatologist, it’s a good idea to check what you can use in combination with any treatments you’re undergoing too.


Prepping acne-prone skin

First things first: it’s important to make sure skin has been thoroughly cleansed before applying foundation. Begin by washing your face with a targeted anti-acne cleanser, preferably one enriched with drying ingredients (‘astringents’), such as Salicylic Acid. Normaderm’s Purifying Cleansing Gel is a great example, enriched with Salicylic Acid and Glycolic acid, it provides a deep cleanse. A mattifying primer will help reduce the appearance of pores and prep your skin for foundation. Pat gently onto skin with clean hands, paying particular attention to your T-Zone.


Brushes, sponges, fingers: techniques for applying your foundation

When it comes to applying foundation to blemish-prone skin, try and establish what your main skin concern is. Opting for a powder formula such as Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation, which has a rich, creamy texture will help disguise any bumps or unevenness. The handy sponge applicator that comes with the compact ensures smooth and even coverage (just make sure you wash it out regularly to keep it hygienic.

If you’re more concerned with a uniform finish - for example, to disguise patches of scarring or redness – then a liquid foundation, such as Vichy Dermablend [3D CORRECTION] Foundation might be more effective. Consider using a brush to apply foundation evenly across the face, taking care to blend out around the temples and jawline.

Skin that’s prone to imperfections tends to suffer from excessive oil production, which can result in skin appearing visibly shiny or greasy. Applying your foundation with a clean sponge will help the product penetrate the skin for an even, matte-look finish. If you prefer to use your fingers to blend out those hard-to-reach areas, make sure your hands are clean to avoid spreading bacteria or irritating existing blemishes.

To further ensure that the product stays flawlessly in place all day, a setting powder can be a real help.  Dermablend Setting Powder ensures a water and smudge-resistant finish, and its microfine texture is translucent when applied, so it won’t affect the shade of your foundation. It provides a matte and natural looking finish and is hypoallergenic, so won’t irritate skin further.

It’s never easy to deal with a tricky complexion and disguise symptoms of acne, such as blemishes, redness and scarring, but with these tips you should have an even looking complexion in no time.





[2] Hayashi N, Imori M, Yanagisawa M, Seto Y, Nagata O, Kawashima M., Make-up improves the quality of life of acne patients without aggravating acne eruptions during treatments’, in Eur J Dermatol. 2005 Jul-Aug; 15(4), pp. 284-7. []