9 Expert Makeup Tips for Anyone with Acne-Prone Skin

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Even though having acne-prone skin isn’t always ideal, using makeup doesn’t have to be a hassle.

Whether you have chronic acne or suffer from those annoying lurkers that pop up every once in a while, those frustrating mornings spent trying to camouflage the combo of redness, volume, shine, and straight-up tenderness are not exactly a walk in the park.

That’s why we reached out to a few celebrity makeup artists to share their expert techniques and tricks to help minimize the appearance of acne on your face.

So without further ado, here’s your guide for flawless-looking skin.

Start Fresh

“Always start with a clean face,” says Jenna Kristina, celebrity makeup artist and Maybelline New York Brand Ambassador. “Then use a gentle chemical exfoliant, because a granulated formulation can spread bacteria with acne. I love Elemis Daily Exfoliating Pads — I swear by this product. It’s glycolic and hyaluronic acid and using these kinds of products help remove any dry dead skin [before makeup application.]”

Do Double the Prep

Everyone has to prep before applying makeup, but those with acne-prone skin need to be a little more diligent.

“When your skin is hydrated, it’s more plump,” says celebrity makeup artist Delina Medhin, who typically spends about thirty minutes just on pre-makeup skincare. “Plus it’s always easier to mattify later than to add in moisture or dewiness.”

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