Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Covering Acne and Scarring Using Makeup - A Tutorial / Guide

As mentioned in previous posts, my skin has flared up a little recently and it has left me with lots of scars all over my skin. I know this is something that probably quite a few people suffer with, so I wanted to show you what products I use to cover my skin and to help get that flawless look.

In advance, I apologise for the horrible makeup-less photos of me - it's certainly not what I'd want to see!!

BEFORE makeup, after moisturising

 The Products that I use for my canvas/base

I've been using this foundation for around a week now since I first got given it. I'm usually an Estee Lauder Double Wear fan, as I love the full coverage it gives to my skin which at the moment, I'm feeling pretty fed up about : ( One thing I didn't like about Double Wear is the tight mask feeling on my skin - I was worried when I smiled my makeup might crack!!! I don't get that with Smashbox's Studio skin, it feels light on my skin, but still gives excellent coverage - see the photos below.

I will be writing up a full review very soon.

This little beauty is a new favourite in my makeup bag. It is a little on the expensive side, but comes complete with brush. It's Smashbox's Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder and I can honestly say, I've noticed such a big difference in dry areas of my skin since using this. My skin feels a lot more hydrated and looks more hydrated. 

I would recommend this to ANYONE without oily skin. Oily skin, you need something to suck up that oil, so I'm not sure this would be for you. Normal, dry, dehydrated skin, look no further for a powder - this is your man!

This is how it looks inside. Sorry about the messiness, it's not the greatest of products in a black container and gets very powdery looking very quickly! It comes complete with the little kabuki brush which feels like a  good quality brush.

Here is the powder, it has a grating effect. You turn the top very slightly and like a cheese grater, it dispenses the product. It's very handy and great as you only dispense and use as much on the brush as you want. This amount shown here is plenty to cover my whole face.

What I also like is that is adds coverage on top of your foundation, plus that it's a mineral powder so hopefully, it won't break out my skin.

After the foundation

You can see it's covered the jaw area really well. I just use an Elf stippling brush to stipple the foundation onto my skin. I only need around 3 pumps to cover my whole face, so it's going to last for a long time.

On the higher cheek area where there's more scars, it's a little bit more difficult to cover. I'm happy with this level of coverage though, as once I've got my powder and blush on top, it should almost disappear.

 This is the other cheek where there are less marks, so it's covered well. 

 After the foundation AND the Halo powder

Here my skin has a lovely satin sort of look to it. I find the powder give my skin a boost of radiance, which isn't typically what powders do. You can see the coverage is much better here, just by dusting and buffing some of the halo powder on top of the foundation.

 And here's another close up showing the coverage. I think I had a little bit of blush on in this photo too. The marks and acne are hardly visible and I'm really happy here with the way my skin looks.


I'm really happy with the glow in my skin and the coverage here. To me, it looks natural and doesn't look like underneath, that I have terrible skin. I would love for my skin to naturally look this good, but it's going to take some time and maybe another bout of Roaccutane : (

Here you can see the bumps under the skin, but they're pretty well covered and I don't think they're noticable until I tip my head like this into direct light. Usually, my jaw is covered by my hair (but no, this isn't why I have acne on my jaw : ) my hair doesn't actually rub onto my jaw)

I hope that this little photo tutorial has helped someone. I know how terrible it can be having acne and scars - everyday when I look in the mirror without makeup on it makes me extremely sad. Please share this with your friends if they too suffer from acne or scarring like me.

Please comment if you found it helpful. Would you like to see more tutorials like this? I find on most blogs, people have perfect skin, so hope by doing this, I will be reaching out to people who don't have perfect skin.


  1. Thank you so much for this. I also have terrible skin. Acne, acne scars and everything else. However, I have oily skin. I understood the powder won't work for me but will the foundation? Do you have any suggestions on a powder I could use?
    I use the foundation finder on PS Beauty most of the time to find my face covering products. It can be found here . Hope it can help someone else aswell :).

    Xx Lucy

  2. Hi Lucy, thanks for your message. I tried to reply via email, but wasn't sure how to do this from your G+ profile.
    The foundation should work just fine for oily skin - it's oil free so shouldn't make you even oilier. The powder probably wouldn't be best to use on oily skin. Smashbox do a Photo Finish Setting Powder, which is a white powder designed to soak up any excess oily on your skin. MAC also do one which is similar but I'm not sure if it's a good as the Smashbox one.
    Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I haven't heard of it before!
    Laura xx

  3. Foundation is amazing, it does miracles to my skin!


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