How to camouflage acne with makeup

As a middle-school aged gal I began my first struggles with acne. It was embarrassing so my mom started letting me wear foundation and blush to cover up the little red bumps and blemishes all over my face. Unfortunately, we were a little less educated about the dangers of putting harsh cosmetics on our face when I was in 6th grade, so little did my mom or I know that the more I covered the worse it actually got. zap and hide blemish concealerFast forward 15 years and I was still having the same struggles. It’s embarrassing as a teenager, but acne is even more frustrating as an adult. Thankfully a few years ago I started working at this amazing company and within a few months of wearing jane iredale my acne began to heal. Some people say, “maybe you should have stopped wearing makeup altogether” but what they don’t understand is that I didn’t want to leave the house without my “face” because I felt so terrible; now the only reason I wear foundation is for the SPF and to even my skin tone. I genuinely don’t believe “not wearing makeup” was the answer, I believe it was the amazing ingredients in jane iredale makeup that really helped to clear my skin. I know that I am one of the lucky ones, and many of us need more help than just a cleaner makeup with healing properties to rid our acne, but the makeup made a huge difference for me. It did take about two months for my skin to begin clearing, so during that time I needed a lot of help camouflaging my acne. Here is what I did, I hope it helps you as well!

  1. Apply a thin layer of Absence Oil Control Primer using the Foundation Brush. By thin,Absence oil control primer I mean VERY thin – if you can see it go on, you are using too much and will actually cause you to get even more oily. A little bit goes a long way.
  2. Using the Handi Brush, apply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in your shade to your entire face. I liked to put two “coats” of powder on during this step, but you may prefer one.
  3. With the Camouflage Brush, apply Disappear Concealer to any very red areas and let the concealer dry. You may also disappear concealeruse the hide end of Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer instead.
  4. After the concealer is dry repeat with a second layer of concealer, if necessary, and be sure to “feather” the edges so there isn’t a stark contrast between the concealed area and the rest of your skin.
  5. Lightly spray your skin with Balance Hydration Spray, this will help set the minerals without adding excess oil to your skin.

If you don’t have heavy redness but have slightly discolored blemishes, you can replace steps 3 & 4 and simply rub your Flocked Sponge into your PurePressed Base and then gently press it to the area that needs to be concealed and roll it off, ta-da blemish gone! This is my favorite camouflage technique and I still use it whenever I have some discoloration or redness on my face.

If you have very oily skin feel free to finish your look with PureMatte Finish Powder and carry Facial Blotting Papers in your purse in case you need to absorb any excess oil that may appear throughout the day.

blotting paperNow that you’ve camouflaged your acne using PurePressed Base, be sure to go back through and add some color using blush or bronzer. My favorite is Whisper PurePressed Blush because it has a touch of shimmer which is great for distracting from any little bumps.

Do you have any acne camouflage tips or questions? Tell us below!

    1. Hi Melanie,

      I do find that the coverage of PurePressed Base is enough. I recommend applying 1-2 layers, concealing any areas that need extra help with either the flocked sponge technique or concealer, and then spritzing with Hydration Spray. Once it is dry you can repeat these steps as necessary to get to your desired level of coverage. Personally I like 2 layers and I use the flock sponge to conceal under my eyes and any redness that I tend to get on my cheeks. I hope that helps!

  1. I will have to get some concealer. I feel the same way, and can relate to teh adult acne frustrations!

    For acne not as bad, I will use the concealer brush and put on pure pressed powder over the areas before my over the face coat.

    1. Hi Kari,

      The concealer brush to apply a thicker layer of PurePressed Base on any areas that need more coverage is a great technique. Good luck!

  2. I am 68 with Rosesea, and I have flare ups! what is the best makeup or powder to use. I use Metro-lotion and Tazorac. I have some wrinkles around lips and chin. Light crows feet. I need help and it seems everything makes my face break out! I have used BareMinerals but it clings to hair on face and wrinkles and makes it worse. Please give me a solution…I received your pressed powder about 15 years ago and remember it worked well.

    Thank You

    1. Hi Darla,

      We are sorry you are having such trouble finding a good makeup. We would recommend trying our Amazing Base loose mineral foundation. It has a beautiful luminescent finish to it which will help distract from any fine lines and wrinkles. You can use the Flocked Sponge to gently press and roll a little extra foundation over the areas with more redness to help conceal them. If you e-mail our personal shoppers at they would be happy to send you a few samples to try! We hope this helps :).

  3. I used the disappear concealer and noticed that it was very hard to mix it into my face color. Could it be that the concealer is too dark or is there another solution?

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for the tips! I have very mild acne problems, but when I do, I get cystic acne (once in every 6mos), and it’s impossible to cover it with makeup. But I’ll keep note of this, coz we’ll never know when we’re going to need it. Thanks for sharing!

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