Base Makeup for Acne/Hyperpigmentation

I've struggled with acne for nearly a decade and can understand firsthand how frustrating it can be to cover it up, not to mention the insecurity there can be around it. And something that has always helped me feel better about my acne and acne scars has been makeup!

Over the years I've tried several techniques and have finally found a base routine that works, covers, and wears all day long. So in this blog post, I'm sharing my personal base makeup routine to cover acne and hyperpigmentation, and I've included a video tutorial, step-by-step instructions, and the makeup products I used.

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LA Girl Pro Concealer in Peach CorrectorAvailable here 
elf Camo CC Cream in 240 W Light • Available here 
elf Putty Bronzer in Tan Lines • Available here 
elf Hydrating Camo Concealer in Light Sand • Available here
Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Drops in Melon • Available here 
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray • Available here 
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder • Available here 
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze + Glow Palette in Fair-Medium • Available here
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Powder Blush in Ecstacy • Available here 
Merit Highlighting Balm in Bounce • Available here


1. Apply a peachy-toned color corrector over any acne/hyperpigmentation to cancel discoloration and blend using tapping motions.

2. Stipple your foundation of choice onto the skin with a dense brush, like this elf Buffing Foundation Brush, over areas where the color corrector was applied to keep the color of the corrector and coverage in place. Once the foundation has been applied all over, take a damp beauty sponge and gently bounce it on the skin to help blend away any brush strokes the brush might have left behind and to pick up any excess foundation.

3. When applying cream/liquid concealer, bronzer, blush, or highlight, use the same stippling technique then follow with a damp sponge to further blend.

4. Once all liquid/cream products have been applied to the skin take a setting spray and set the face. My favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray because it's been proven to work in my 12HR wear test

5. After the setting spray has fully dried, set the skin once more with a translucent setting powder. Lightly press the setting powder into the skin using a dry sponge. This will further lock in the makeup and mattify the skin a bit as well.

6. When applying powder bronzer and blush use stippling motions for maximum coverage or use sweeping motions with very light pressure.

7. Set powder products in place once more with a setting spray. This step will help with any powderiness from using powder products and will leave the skin with a natural finish.

8. This step is optional because I know not everyone likes to apply a highlighter because it can emphasize texture. But if you choose to apply your choice of highlight onto the skin. My recommendation for application is to gently pat the product onto the skin using your finger if using a cream/liquid formula. And if using a powder formula sweep the product into place with a brush making sure to use light pressure.

I hope this helps!

xo, Your Girl Jess

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