I’d recommend skin friendly brands and all natural brands like Tarte (all natural), Physicians Formula (all natural), Clinique, Neutrogena, Cover FX. These brands aim to have more “healthy” makeup for your skin. Look for foundations that are non-comedogenic, fragrance free, gluten, mineral oil free, and talc free. All these ingredients can be pore clogging, when having acne prone skin you want to do your research and find out what breaks you out so you know what to avoid :)
I can’t say exactly what won’t break out your skin because everyone’s skin is different and everyone reacts different to different ingredients. So make sure to do your research and maybe try out organic, all natural brands which you can find at some healthy food stores like Whole Foods which has a huge all natural beauty selection!
Some foundations that won’t be irritating are
- Bare Minerals Mineral Powder Foundation
- Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Liquid Foundation
- Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation
- Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Fundation
- Cover FX BB Cream with Anti Blemish Treatment
- Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation
More tips when it comes to makeup and acne prone skin
- Wash your brushes weekly, sometimes after each use if you have acne prone skin. Using dirty brushes almost guarantees bacteria spreading causing acne.
- Apply a thin layer of foundation and spot conceal with concealer areas that need more coverage that the foundation didn’t cover. This way you’re not having a thick layer of makeup all over the skin which can clog pores.
- Wash your face twice at night to make sure you remove all your makeup. Once to wash off the makeup and a second time to cleanse the skin. You can also use a makeup wipe to remove makeup and then wash your face to cleanse your skin. Sometimes washing your skin once doesn’t remove all your makeup causing you to sleep in makeup and break out.
For any blondes out there with very faint eyebrows I would suggest eyebrow tinting! It will not only help define your brows naturally without having to apply any product but it will also help filling them in look more natural since you can see the brow hairs more.
You can get this done professionally or do it at home with box dye or an at home brow tinting kit. For blondes i’d recommend dying them a light ask brown or a darker blonde. If you’re tinting them at home make sure to apply vaseline around the outline of your brows to avoid any dye getting on the skin and apply the dye with a Q Tip or clean mascara brush.
If you want a less permanent option try tinted brow gel! It will tint your brow hairs but only until you decide to wash it off. If you’re having trouble finding a shade to fill in your brows, try an ash blonde, taupe or ash brown. Ashy, taupe shades work best with blondes because anything too dark or orange will look a bit harsh.
Anastasia Beverly Hills and ELF make great ash blonde powder brow kits!
You can contour your nose using cream/liquid or with powder by using a darker shade of foundation/concealer or by using a bronzer/darker face powder.
The goal is to make the nose seem slimmer and more narrow, this will give the illusion of a thinner, smaller nose.
You can go an extra step by sculpting out the tip of the nose, creating a more pointed, slim nose. You can even place a little product in a horizontal line above the tip to create a more slanted, curved nose bridge.
When using a cream/liquid to contour the nose you can use your fingers, a brush or a sponge to blend it out. When using powder to contour the nose I like to use a matte bronzer or a greyish brown eyeshadow and a small brush to apply bronzer or powder like an eyeshadow blending brush. When using a contour shade you want to make sure it’s a little on the grey/taupe side nothing too orangey brown. You want to create the look of a natural shadow and using a shimmery, orange toned bronzer won’t look natural. A fluffy blending brush is small enough to fit in the side of the nose but still fluffy enough to blend out product as you apply. The key is to blend, blend, blend so it doesn’t look obvious you’re contouring your nose!
Any blending brush will work really!
I think it’s a great summer time bronzer! All the MSFNs by MAC are very easy to blend and go on semi sheer so you can build up color gradually which is what makes this “bronzer” look like a natural tan. You can use any of the MSFNs as bronzers really if the color is dark enough, Give Me Sun is mainly used as a bronzer. The color is on the warm side so I wouldn’t recommend it as a contour shade but it really adds warmth to the skin without shimmer creating a natural tanned goddess look :)