I cringe when I look back at the days I slathered on makeup.  I used the thickest, creamiest foundations to cover my big, red pimples and the dark marks they always left behind.  I regret it mainly for two reasons.  First, I only added insult to injury by clogging my pores with rich products my skin didn’t need.  Second, I also looked a bit cakey in the process.

Trust me, I didn’t like the idea of piling on makeup.  But I liked the idea of fulling exposing all my spots even less.  While I do think it’s a good idea for acne sufferers to let their skin breathe, I know it’s tough.  I get how embarrassing it is to let it all hang out so to speak.  Your face is the first thing people notice.

You want it to look as nice as possible.  It’s only natural if you get tired and frustrated with the way people look at you when you get breakouts.   Don’t you just love it when their eyes catch yours for a few seconds then they zoom in on your acne?  They don’t just quickly glance and look away either.  They gaze with laser like precision on those bad boys.

So I get that the struggle is real.   I also think if you do choose to wear makeup there is a right way to do it.   You should learn how to wear it in a way that covers any flaws without looking too heavy or overdone.  I’ve seen far too many YouTube videos of young girls smearing a ton of concealer and foundation over their acne.  To top it off, they’ll use a heavy hand to powder everything and set the look.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be done that way.  You can cover acne and dark spots without looking like you’ve fallen head first into a pan of makeup.  How do you accomplish this?  It’s all in the way you apply it.  If you’re going to do this technique, it’s worth learning how to do it from a pro.

I recently stumbled across a gem of a video and I knew I had to share it.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Lisa Eldridge, she is a UK based makeup expert.  She has worked on some of the most beautiful, well-recognized models and actresses in the industry including Cindy Crawford, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Keira Knightley, and a list of many more.

It’s easy to say that she’s seen her fair share of breakouts.  She’s even had to deal with a few of her own.  When she was younger and plagued with acne she created a way to cover it beautifully.  That is one of the reasons she knows exactly how to cover them so well while creating a very natural look for her clients.  Want to check out the Eldridge technique yourself?  Just click play and take in the glory.



Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Will you use the Eldridge technique to cover acne?