I get a fair number of tutorial requests, despite the VAST, VAST, VAST number of people on the internet who are way better at instruction-giving than I am. The two requests that I get most frequently are contouring and eyeshadow-related stuff. I'm a difficult person, though, so I'm going to do a completely different tutorial: I'm going to show you how I cover up my awful skin.
Despite that fact that I constantly tell you all how much makeup I am wearing, I mysteriously get compliments about my skin in the comments of some of my posts. I love you all, and you are very sweet, but my skin is not beautiful. (Thanks to all the makeup, for contouring, I could probably just carve hunks out of my foundation to simulate cheekbones.)
It's relatively uncommon to see tutorials for acne-covering that involve people who actually have significant amounts of acne, since it is not joy-inducing to show everyone your scarred-up face, but I'm going to go ahead and let you see mine.
Here's what I wake up to every morning:
As you can see, most of my acne and scarring is around my cheek and jaw area.
Start by washing your hands so you don't exacerbate any acne problems you have already. The first step of any makeup routine, of course, is to take care of your skin. Next, I put on a sunscreen and a moisturizer.
After that, I want to give myself a really even canvas to work on. My scars make my skin bumpy and uneven, so I want to fix that as much as possible. I'm using a Smashbox primer, but you can use any primer that is advertised to fill pores. Some people break out when they use silicone-based products, so if you are one of those people, obviously don't use one. If you don't have a reaction to silicone, though, I find that silicone-based primers are the most effective at smoothing out skin with any sort of unpleasant texture.
I use a pea-sized amount of primer and focus my application on the areas where my acne and scarring is the worst. (If you are using the primer to fill pores, on the other hand, you'd probably need less on your cheeks.)
At this point, your skin is going to look exactly the same.
Next, I get out my beloved Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation and its accompanying brush. You obviously can use any foundation you like. (Indeed, if you want, you're welcome to choose a more sheer foundation and fix the acne that is left exposed with a concealer.)
I usually stick a glob of foundation on my hand and dip my brush in that. This is how much I need to do my whole face:
I start at my cheeks and, using short downward strokes, I blend my foundation into my skin, eventually covering my entire face.
I take pains to blend under my chin and into my neck.
At this point, my skin looks something like this:
Using my same brush and foundation, I add an additional thin layer over the particularly problematic areas.
Next, I break out the concealer. I'm using theBalm's Time Bomb; you can you whatever concealer you like, as long as it is full-coverage.
I use my finger to apply.
I just pat the concealer in, bouncing my finger up and down over any place that I see redness.
My skin now looks like this:
I'm looking pretty good, but I want to set all the crap I have layered onto my face. Any powder product is fine. I'm using the ELF Powdered Sunscreen and the EcoTools Powder Brush.
I tap some powder in the cap and swirl my brush...
...and then lightly cover my face.
I look the same, but... now it's less likely to melt off my face in a flesh-covered heap.
Now you can do the rest of your makeup! Mine didn't turn out super awesome today, but I was in a rush, so you get to deal with it.
If you're me, you finish off by taking pictures from the front because I don't have a lot of acne there, so it looks better.
Ta-da! Time to get dressed and brush my hair.