How to Cover Acne Scars with Makeup
Whether you’re battling acne in your teens or twenties, or you’re somewhere closer to the decades marked by the dual beauty challenge of acne plus wrinkles, living with acne can be hard. As if that’s not hard enough, you may also be living with the acne scars that linger long after the blemishes have healed. On the quest to find the secret of how to cover acne scars with makeup, you’ll find an endless number of foundations to try and new formulas hitting the beauty shelves each year.
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It’s only natural to want to try all of the newest, latest and greatest beauty finds, but with so many innovative and enticing foundations to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. So, we’ve done the legwork for you and broken down the benefits of five cutting-edge formulas that create the look of great skin. Read on to discover why they’re hot, what makes them different, and the best foundation to cover acne scars.
Finding the Best Acne Scar Makeup
We’re in the midst of a revolution in foundation, and our skin is reaping the benefits. Not that long ago, foundation was a pretty simple premise: if it evened out skin tones and concealed imperfections by covering scars, acne, and other flaws, then it was doing its job. But this a new era of beauty, and acne scar makeup that can tackle skin issues while remaining undetectable is king.
Even the most foundation-phobic among us may be swayed by formulas that provide complete coverage without feeling heavy or looking fake, for the ultimate “no makeup” makeup look. More than just camouflage makeup, these breakthrough foundations are amped-up to solve common complaints like acne and acne scars; fine lines and wrinkles; dullness, redness, and discoloration; unwanted shine; and large pores.
Today’s high-tech foundations go beyond the traditional liquid, cream, powder, mousse and tinted moisturizer forms without demanding pro-level makeup skills. In fact, it’s quite the opposite — these five new foundation formulas cover up scars for a flawless canvas, yet make application easier than ever.
Meet The Fab 5 Acne Scar Makeup Formulas
- Topical Filler for Acne Scars
- What It Is: Dermaflage is a topical silicone filler that creates a smooth layer of tinted silicone over your imperfections.
- Benefits: Traditional concealers may not be able to completely smooth the uneven surface over scarred skin, but Dermaflage is great at filling pock marks or ice pick scars.
- Coverage: It is translucent, so it camouflages scars with tones that match your skin. If you have dark acne marks you may need to combine Dermaflage with a color correcting concealer.
- How to Cover Acne Scars: Dermaflage is applied as a gel and it conforms to your skin with the help of a texturizing pad. Will take some practice to get it right, but there is nothing better at creating the look of smooth skin.
Cushion Compact Foundation
- What It Is: A super-thin, watery foundation that’s embedded into a sponge or “cushion” and a separate applicator sponge, both housed in a plastic compact. The liquid is released when you press down on the cushion with the applicator sponge.
- Benefits: It’s incredibly lightweight and breathable, yet boasts the coverage of a BB cream and provides impressive sun protection, often as high as SPF 50, without the feel of sunscreen. Even life-long non-foundation users have been converted by this weightless formula to cover scars. Some brands pump it up with moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.
- Coverage: Depending on the brand, coverage ranges from light to nearly full-coverage when applied in layers. Swatch different products to find the best camouflage makeup for scars before investing in one.
- How to Cover Acne Scars: You’ll need to build up this foundation in layers to completely hide acne scars. Using the applicator sponge, tap and press the foundation onto your skin, instead of rubbing it in. It’s water-like texture keeps it from creasing or look cake-y when layered. For best results, use this with a full-coverage concealer.
- What It Is: A lightweight, liquid foundation spiked with skin treatment serum, with a dropper or sponge applicator to dispense the fluid onto your fingertips or directly onto a foundation brush.
- Benefits: It’s a treatment-and-makeup hybrid infused with targeted skincare ingredients to address a wide array of issues, from excess oil to dullness, redness, and dark spots, and some brands add SPF into the mix. The finish is a nearly invisible, second-skin effect, making it an ideal gateway foundation for those who want to cover raised scars or acne scars without a fake or mask-like look.
- Coverage: The coverage varies between brands, ranging from sheer/light coverage to full-coverage. It layers easily without caking or creasing, thanks to its ultra-thin consistency.
- How to Cover Acne Scars: A sheer serum foundation may not achieve the level of coverage needed for anything more than very slight discoloration, so use a medium coverage or full-coverage serum foundation to cover acne scars. Smooth 2 or 3 drops of foundation over your whole face, then, using just one drop at a time, add a second or third layer on any flaws that need extra coverage.
- What It Is: A solid, creamy, high-pigment foundation housed in a twist-up stick that can be used for all-over coverage or to target problem areas like acne scars and raised scars.
- Benefits: Specific benefits vary between brands, but most foundation sticks act as a full coverage concealer and foundation in one and offer a seamless, smooth finish. Many formulas are long-wearing (up to 12 hours of wear) and/or waterproof; some are infused with moisturizing and skincare benefits.
- Coverage: Most foundation sticks are full-coverage with just one light layer, thanks to a higher amount of pigment than liquid foundations.
- How to Cover Acne Scars: Dot or “swipe” the foundation stick in each area of your face, then blend in with either a foundation brush or your fingers for the smoothest finish. If you need additional coverage over a scar, dot the stick directly onto the scar and gently tap it in with your ring finger. If necessary, feather the edges of the foundation from the scar onto the surrounding skin.
Powder Foundation for Acne Scars
- What It Is: A pressed powder with high pigment and a matte finish, and a texture that can be either creamy or velvety. This formula is different than translucent powder or setting powder, which are not potent enough to be camouflage makeup.
- Benefits: If you’ve never tried pressed powder foundation, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve used one, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how it has evolved into a complexion perfector that rivals the finish, wear, and coverage of liquid or cream foundation. Most brands boast long-wear (up to 24-hours) of budge-proof, sweat-resistant, humidity-resistant, pore-less coverage with an airbrushed finish. Look for products that are baked or have dual-finish, long-wear, duo or double in the name.
- Coverage: Medium coverage when applied with a dry sponge; full coverage when applied with a wet sponge; buildable coverage when applied with a large powder brush.
- How to Cover Acne Scars: Powder is not the best choice for covering indented scars or recessed scars like pitted scars or ice pick scars, but its opaque, ultra-matte finish is excellent at covering acne scars and smoothing the appearance of raised scars and uneven texture. Use a wet or dry sponge to press the powder directly onto the scar – do not rub or “swipe.” Test-drive your powder foundation with and without scar concealer underneath. When applied with a wet sponge, the powder may completely cover scars without using concealer.
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If you’re the beauty connoisseur we think you are, you can’t wait to explore the new breed of acne scar makeup that looks and feels flawless. Used alone or paired with Dermaflage for next-level perfection, explore these inventive formulas and leave us a comment when you’ve found your favorite!