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While some women avoid applying make-up when having breakouts, others do but cover the spots. Concealing and distraction, combined with using the right techniques and products, are the key to cover acne, say experts. Here are some tips:
1. Choose only oil-free and hypoallergenic make-up products to avoid aggravating your problem.
2. Distract the problem areas by highlighting your good assets such as your eyes. Use natural or earthy tones on your lips if acne is concealed and avoid blusher if the acne is on your cheeks.
3. Apply the concealer sparingly in a light dabbing motion directly to any dark blotches or red areas that the acne has produced on your skin. Use the concealer with a disposable facial sponge or a cotton swab instead of using the concealer applicator provided by the manufacturer to ensure a fresh and bacteria-free application. Re-applying concealer using the applicator may spread more bacteria.
4. Apply foundation sparingly and in a light dabbing motion. Use a disposable foundation sponge or cotton ball as not to re-use concealer applicator.
5. Apply a light layer of the powder using a big make-up brush for an even and finished look, and to take care of any shine that the concealer and foundation leave behind.
6. Always apply your make-up and moisturiser with light strokes. Light facial handling reduces stretching and irritating your skin, a combination that can help limit the onset of acne breakouts and wrinkles.
7. Hair-styling products may spread to your hairline and this increases the chances of clogged pores and acne. When cleaning your face, apply a warm cloth on the hairline area to help remove the waxy build-up that comes from hair styling agents or make-up.
8. Wash your face thoroughly and remove all make-up as soon as you reach home or before you go to bed.
Adapted from: www.cosmeticskin.com & www.self.com