The Right Makeup To Use For Acne Scars – And What You Shouldn’t!

Sue CastellinoSue Castellino  |  Jul 18, 2017
The Right Makeup To Use For Acne Scars – And What You Shouldn’t!


First up, people are going to remember you for your personality and charm and not whether you have large pores or scars, if they do, they’re probably the wrong people to hang out with! However, if you feel like you want to cover up acne scars to feel confident in your own skin, then we got your back! Here are some tips on what should be used on acne prone skin. Read on!

1. Primer


A primer is the essential first step for a clear base especially when correcting. This one by NYX will smoothen skin and protect your pores from being clogged. It comes in three shades to help match your skin tone and not leave you looking ashy.

Price: ₹ 1,325. Buy it here.

2. Erase lines, prime and SPF


The L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Cream acts as a primer, pore minimiser, SPF and anti-wrinkle serum. You can use it just by itself, to help you get natural looking coverage or under your foundation.

Price: ₹ 2,671. Buy it here.

3. No glitter please


This is one time where we say to stay away from high shine products that bring the focus onto the problem areas. Try the Maybelline ‘Fit me’ foundations that come in 6 shades and have micro blurring powders to make pores and scars disappear.

Price: ₹ 420. Buy it here.

4. Blend baby blend!


Using a beauty blender gives you strong coverage without looking heavy unlike brushes. Brushes also tend to spread any acne bacteria around the face, causing more breakouts, the sponge can be turned multiple times, keeping unaffected areas free from acne. Sponges are also easier to clean, and they should be after each use! This one by Youtube beauty gurus Pixiwoo is perfect for control around the eyes and nose, and can be used wet or dry.

Price: ₹ 549. Buy it here.

5. Super Camouflage concealer


When it comes to serious scars, we need a pigmented concealer that can instantly reduce redness and dark spots. L.A Girl has 24 shades to choose from, so no matter what skin type and what look you’re going after, there are shades for you.

Price: ₹ 476. Buy it here.

6. Say bye bye to scars!


The actors from the 50s all used these stick to give them that flawless coverage on the silver screens Apply directly to the face and then blot with a beauty blender to evenly apply for a light look. This one by Lakme also has Vitamin D3 and SPF 20, which is an added bonus.

Price: ₹ 400. Buy it here.

7. Experiment


These peach, green, lilac and yellow concealers aren’t face paint but colour correctors, if you’re finding it hard to achieve that flawless look, then it is time for you to try your hand at colour correcting.  Peach gives radiance to dark areas, Green neutralises redness, lilac illuminates and eliminates yellow undertones, Yellow conceals purple undertones, when used under foundation. There are a ton of videos on Youtube, so make sure you get a quick tutorial before you experiment.

Price: ₹ 506. Buy it here.

8. Spray it on


If your acne infected skin is dry then using a finishing powder may not be the best solution for you. Opt instead for a makeup setting spray that’s hydrating and keeps all your makeup in place for longer. This one by L’oreal Paris can either be worn under makeup or over, it really locks in to give a smooth-matte finish.

Price: ₹ 999. Buy it here.

9. Flawless coverage


If you don’t have time to do a whole face but still want that flawless coverage then this is the ‘M.A.C’ daddy of foundations, pun intended. M.A.C’s studio Fix Fluid Foundation not only lasts the whole day but gives you the right coverage without looking cakey. They also have 30 different shades to choose from, so finding one that fits you will be easier.

Price: ₹ 2,450. Buy it here.

10. Photo finish


This creamy concealer from Bobbi Brown goes on smooth, doesn’t crease and lasts for upto 8 hours. So whether you want to dab a little on before a board meeting or layer it on for a photo shoot, it’s got your back.

Price: ₹ 2,650. Buy it here.

11. Highlight sparingly


If you’re a fan of the glow, we suggest using a highlighter only on areas that really need the lift, like cheekbones. Avoid using it in areas like the forehead or nose where you may be prone to breakouts.

Price: ₹ 680. Buy it here.

12. Skimp on the Powder


Foundation and finishing powders should ideally be skipped altogether as they don’t offer up long term coverage and might clog pores. However if after the layers of makeup your skin needs a bit of powder to avoid looking too shiny then go for one that won’t look dull on your skin. This one by NYX doesn’t have any micro glitter or shine, and will just lightly finish off your look.

Price: ₹ 825. Buy it here.

13. Opt for Tinted Moisturizers


For the days when you don’t want to cake your face but still need some coverage going, try a tinted moisturizer which can also treat acne. This one by Natio, gives medium coverage but is oil-free and enriched with neem leaf and tamanu extracts that help clear breakouts.

Price: ₹ 910. Buy it here.

14. Contour only when necessary


Contouring just like highlighters and bronzers needs to be kept to a minimal and ideally used only on days when breakouts are sparse. Apply a contour stick after you blend in the primer and foundation so that it doesn’t sit directly on the skin. Also use contour palettes/sticks that don’t contain any micro glitter like this one from Maybelline.

Price: ₹ 553. Buy it here.

15. Finally, take it ALL off


When you’re done for the day and you can’t possibly keep your face on any longer, that’s when you need some strong face wipes that have some anti-acne goodness in them. Neutrogena’s Oil-free wipes have been the go to for many women who suffer from acne, as it contains a small amount of salicylic acid that helps with acne prone skin.

Price: ₹ 1,253. Buy it here.

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