Makeup Essentials for Acne Prone Skin

Breakouts are the worst. If you have acne prone skin, you need makeup essentials that will help your skin get better and not make it worse. If you have blackheads, zits, and similar skin problems, it can be hard to find the right cosmetics. I know how hard it can be to struggle with acne and also how difficult it is to find a basic makeup kit with right cosmetics that will fight blemishes too. So, weather you are looking for foundation, concealer, blush, and bronzer, here are the makeup essentials for acne prone skin.

Find out the best makeup essentials for acne prone skin.


One thing to consider when you are trying to fight your acne is to avoid absolutely anything that could aggravate your skin and make it worse. I know how much you want to get rid of your blemishes, trust me, I have been there. But the best thing you can do is to choose cosmetics that will benefit your skin and not cause more damage. When you are looking to purchase makeup essentials for acne prone skin, look for cosmetics that are safe for the skin and void of harmful chemicals and acne inducing ingredients. Here are a list of makeup ingredients that could potentially cause your skin to have a flair up.

  • Silicones
  • Phthalates
  • Petrochemicals
  • Acrylics
  • Lanolin
  • Perfumes
  • Alcohols
  • Colorants (hard to avoid in cosmetics)
  • Parabens


What is Acne Prone Skin

Acne prone skin is skin that breaks out easily or has active acne. But, let me clarify. If you had acne in your 20’s and you are now in your 30’s and haven’t had acne for 5-10 years, your skin has probably shifted and you are not acne prone anymore. So, keep that in mind as you look at these products, you don’t want to use anything on your skin if it’s not going to benefit you. In other words, if you don’t have acne prone skin, there might be other makeup essentials that are better suited for you.

If you do have acne, using full coverage foundation that is full of bad ingredients might make your acne look better temporarily, but the long-term problems are more acne, blackheads, scarring and redness to cover. It’s best to just stick with products that will help your skin and not harm it.

Basic Makeup List for Acne Prone Skin

Best makeup essentials for acne prone skin

If you are wanting a basic makeup kit for you acne prone skin, here are the basics that you will need for flawless skin.

  • Foundation
  • Concealer/Color Corrector
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter

Foundation Makeup Essentials for Acne Prone Skin

For the most part, I really dislike using powder based foundations because it can make your skin look old, tired and settle into fine lines and wrinkles. But if you have active acne, using a mica-free powder foundation might be your best option if you must wear foundation.  You can also wear a liquid foundation that is free of clogging and comedogenic ingredients. So, with that said, here are a few options that will be great for your blemish prone skin.

  1. Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Foundation
  2. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation 
  3. BeautyCounter Tint Skin Foundation

Concealer Makeup Essentials for Acne Prone Skin

Concealer is a great way to hide the red pigmentation that can happen post breakout or inflamed acne. But you need to be careful that you aren’t putting concealer on that will cause more blemishes. Here are a few concealers that will hide your skin problems without adding to it.

  1. Pacifica Blemish Banish
  2. BeautyCounter Touchup Skin Concealer
  3. Bare Minerals Concealer


Blush/ Bronzer/Highlighter Makeup Essentials for Acne Prone Skin

One of the biggest makeup mistakes I see people make with acne prone skin is to not wear any blush. You still need to add some color to your face even though you are hiding blemishes. So, make sure to add a splash of color from these blush and bronzers that are great for acne prone skin. If you don’t know how to apply your blush and bronzer, check out these simple makeup tips.


  1. Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Blush
  2. BeautyCounter Color Sweep Blush Duo
  3. Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint


  1. W3ll People Bronzer 
  2. Pacifica Ice Baby Highlighter









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