I receive a lot of questions on how to attain full/acne coverage, so I figured I'd do a quick pictorial on that! This technique gives you great, long wearing coverage, without wearing a cake face of makeup! Lets begin!
So this is my face with NOTHING on it….terrifying, I know! As you can see, I have uneven tone, and a nice line of scars/old zits on my forehead. So the first step is going to be to apply primer. This is very important because the primer is going to fill in your pores, which prevents foundation from clogging them. I just usually pat my primer on with my fingers. (make sure your hands are squeaky clean!) Sometimes I will use a kabuki brush. You want to really push the primer into the skin. You also want to pick a primer that is correct for your skin type. My skin is oily. Always! No combo or dry patches ever, I have been using hourglass mineral veil primer w/spf15. This gives oily skin a beautiful, mattifying effect, as well as make your foundation sit much more evenly! For dryer/normal skin, I love too faced coconut primer.
Once the primer has sunk in, you're going to go in with your foundation of choice, I used TooFaced Born This Way foundation. It is a really great medium coverage choice. I also really love Face Altelier, Kat Von D Lock It, and Koh Gen Do. (Look for water based foundations, as these will be less clogging for your pores.) A common mistake I see is thinking that the foundation is supposed to cover all the blemishes. This is not so. We are going to use a concealer for that! The trick is to leave as much of skin that isn't affected by the acne on the fresh side. You do not want to apply a heavy mask!! So, dot the foundation on each cheek, the chin, and the center of the forehead. lend out using a kabuki, or densely bristled brush. I personally always use the Sigma F80 Kabuki. Make sure you blend outwards, and towards the hairline. again, same as the primer, make sure you're pressing that foundation into the skin. Stipple it.
Once you have a nice, even base, you are going to take a full coverage concealer, I used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, but I also love RCMA pallets, Urban Decay Naked Skin, and NYX HD concealers! You are going to use your finger to dot the concealer wherever you have a spot. Now, you can either use your finger tip, or a tiny, fluffy brush (I use actual detail paint brushes from the art store!) and you are going to dab that concealer out in a circular motion. DO NOT WIPE, DAB!! Remember you war the pigment to sit on top of the blemish, to hide it! You can ad a few layers if you really want to build up the coverage. (Also, you can use a green corrector first to neutralize the red in the blemish. Or visine!!! Visine dropped on a zit will take out some of the redness!) Once you have attained the coverage that you like, set the blemished areas with a mattifying powder. I used Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder. Its my favorite setting powder.
Add whatever makeup you like, (contour, highlight, eyes, etc.) just make sure you do not highlight areas that you have covered. Shimmer/Shine reflects light, and draw the eye to that area. We don't want to do that!! Set with a whatever setting spray you like, and get out there and enjoy your life! A zit or 2…or 5 isn't gonna stop you!