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#1 adalyn

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:57 AM

Hey all,

I've been super curious about how much coverage everyone here wants when it comes to putting on makeup for acne. From what I've seen a lot of, it seems that people use makeup that gives full coverage (full opacity) to hide acne. I wonder what everyone's take is on that? Do you cover fully or just enough to hide acne?

I just feel like I'm one of the few people who, in my more recent years, have slowly gone from full coverage to medium to light coverage because I'd rather my skin look like normal skin - which in most cases, isn't perfect, and stil has slight discolorations, blemishes, and uneven texture. Personally I'd rather even out my skin color with a light to medium coverage to tone down the redness on my face, and spot conceal remaining acne/areas that still "pop" or draw the eye to the area. (Then again, my acne nowadays is in the light-moderate severity range, as opposed to when it was moderate to severe a couple years ago.)

What are your thoughts on how much coverage you would use?

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:53 AM

As much as possibe!
I dont like liquid foundation unless I am getting photos taken or something special, but I use concealer on any spots and red marks, and I use powder. Most of the time it works fine. I use blotting papers, I so hate oily skin.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:54 PM

I use mineral foundation which provides like medium coverage. On the areas without acne, I barely dust any makeup on at all (like my forehead). However, areas like my jawline where my acne is the worst I'll put extra foundation, and then spot conceal the really bad ones. However, I like to keep my makeup pretty natural, which is why I like mineral foundation. It covers well without looking cakey!
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 04:38 PM

I used to love my full coverage foundation - the more flawless my face looked the better! I would often put foundation powder ON TOP of the liquid foundation. Yuck!
Since starting the regimen, however, I prefer a much lighter coverage. I apply a tinted moisturizer (oil-free), then I spot treat my acne scars with some concealer, and finally I apply some translucent powder to set the products and control shine.
I don't want my face to scream, "I'm wearing makeup!" I want it to look natural. That's the look I prefer on other girls too.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:32 PM

I'm sort of the opposite. I used to wear my foundation really light - even though my acne was still bad then. It was just enough to take out the redness. But it was also probably a little too light for my skin tone so if I used a lot of it, it would look strange.
Now I'm doing a more medium coverage. The foundation is thicker so it's easier to do - though again not a perfect match to my skin - this one is a slightly darker foundation so If I want a heavier coverage I have to bring it down my neck a lot to blend it.
So yeah - medium coverage so some blemishes still show through but that's fine for me - I don't like looking really 'done up' with flawless makeup all the time - especially when it's just a normal day- but if I'm going out and it's more of a special occasion I'll put more effort into my makeup

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:49 PM

I prefer full-coverage, definitely. But I also like it to look like skin, which is REALLY difficult to achieve when you have redness everywhere! I have been using foundation for so long that I know how to achieve it it though lol although I still have off-days and end up cakey..but it's better than my actual skin. I do medium coverage for college days or days where I'm more relaxed etc, full coverage for work or when I want to feel really good about myself. :)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

Its ideal to place a foundation as a base then just use a concealer to treat specific issues like acne and blotchiness

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:11 PM

I used to love my full coverage foundation - the more flawless my face looked the better! I would often put foundation powder ON TOP of the liquid foundation. Yuck!
Since starting the regimen, however, I prefer a much lighter coverage. I apply a tinted moisturizer (oil-free), then I spot treat my acne scars with some concealer, and finally I apply some translucent powder to set the products and control shine.
I don't want my face to scream, "I'm wearing makeup!" I want it to look natural. That's the look I prefer on other girls too.

what tinted moisturizer do you like? I think it would work great for me, although i have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I have random redness all over my face, and i hate putting foundation on all over, when i could easily even it out and then spot conceal the acne or something. Let me know, thanks!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

I like full coverage but I'm quite lucky in the sense that my acne really is confined to my chin area and jaw line only.

What I tend to do is put a BB cream on which evens then rest of my face out and dust lightly with Estee Lauder Double Wear powder. I then build the coverage on my chin whilst trying to keep it natural so I pop some Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation on my chin and then spot treat areas with Dermablend and set it with a setting powder. I then do blush etc.

Although I cover quite fully over my acne areas I don't feel I look caked and I can get away quite often with people not noticing as much because my forehead, cheeks etc are quite bare.


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:32 AM

what tinted moisturizer do you like? I think it would work great for me, although i have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I have random redness all over my face, and i hate putting foundation on all over, when i could easily even it out and then spot conceal the acne or something. Let me know, thanks!


Hey, so I just started using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which is oil-free. It's expensive but I decided to treat myself - and I love it! I'll have to wait until I finish the tube to decide whether it's worth re-purchasing, as it's such a steep price. But if money is no object, I would recommend it!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 06:54 PM

For better or worse my face is usually overdone. I go for complete coverage.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:44 PM


what tinted moisturizer do you like? I think it would work great for me, although i have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I have random redness all over my face, and i hate putting foundation on all over, when i could easily even it out and then spot conceal the acne or something. Let me know, thanks!


Hey, so I just started using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which is oil-free. It's expensive but I decided to treat myself - and I love it! I'll have to wait until I finish the tube to decide whether it's worth re-purchasing, as it's such a steep price. But if money is no object, I would recommend it!



Okay, i trust you i think i'll pick it up tomorrow! I love Laura's primer so this sounds promising. Do you put reg. moisturizer on THEN that? I have dry/normal skin. Thanks! xx

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:42 PM



what tinted moisturizer do you like? I think it would work great for me, although i have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I have random redness all over my face, and i hate putting foundation on all over, when i could easily even it out and then spot conceal the acne or something. Let me know, thanks!


Hey, so I just started using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which is oil-free. It's expensive but I decided to treat myself - and I love it! I'll have to wait until I finish the tube to decide whether it's worth re-purchasing, as it's such a steep price. But if money is no object, I would recommend it!



Okay, i trust you i think i'll pick it up tomorrow! I love Laura's primer so this sounds promising. Do you put reg. moisturizer on THEN that? I have dry/normal skin. Thanks! xx


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:20 PM



what tinted moisturizer do you like? I think it would work great for me, although i have acne-prone and sensitive skin. I have random redness all over my face, and i hate putting foundation on all over, when i could easily even it out and then spot conceal the acne or something. Let me know, thanks!


Hey, so I just started using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which is oil-free. It's expensive but I decided to treat myself - and I love it! I'll have to wait until I finish the tube to decide whether it's worth re-purchasing, as it's such a steep price. But if money is no object, I would recommend it!



Okay, i trust you i think i'll pick it up tomorrow! I love Laura's primer so this sounds promising. Do you put reg. moisturizer on THEN that? I have dry/normal skin. Thanks! xx


I have a few dry spots on my face which I apply regular moisturizer to before putting on the LM moisturizer.

So, how do you find it? I love the dewy finish it gives the skin! So healthy looking.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:30 PM

I have only a few pimples here and there but a lot of acne scars. I only wear makeup at work. I use Mac Studio Fix concealer on my dark marks, a little definitely goes a long way. I then use Covergirl Trublends Mineral powder and lightly dust it over my face and neck. Thats it, its not much work but I get perfect coverage, people say they can't believe I have acne scars. Both products last me forever too, Ive had the concealer and powder since November 11, used it 4-5 times a week and the concealer is still over 3/4 full and powder is almost gone.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:17 AM

Liquid foundation is just gross and my fiance hate hate hates it. It's so...noticable.
I like to apply my green powder from EM and then a light dusting of the mineral foundation. It kind of wears off throughout the day and he likes how natural it is.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:00 PM

I used to use just a simple powder which had horrible coverage and was so bad for my skin. I use a tinted moisturizer with a mineral powder for weekends and when I'm having a breakout, liquid and mineral foundation for school and when I'm having "good" days. Lazy days I don't wear any at all, it gives my skin a break and let's it breathe.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:24 PM

I also have moderate acne, and while I prefer the look of full-coverage foundation, I like the feel of tinted moisturizer (LM Illuminating, I HATE matte make-up- weird huh?) better. The redness in my face bothers me more than the bumpiness (which, quite frankly, I can't hide, no matter how much war paint I cake on my face), so I've settled for evening out my skin tone and using a little concealer on more problematic areas.
Also, my skin is really easily irritated, and having to rub all of that foundation off every night was more trouble than it was worth. Makeup remover only dissolved so much, and I was always left with a lobster-red face from buffing all that junk away with a washcloth/sponge.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:24 PM

Well now that my acne is in control for the monent, I prefer light to medium covererage, or no makeup at all.

When I go out, I'll wear medium coverage, when I'm home or going somewhere not important, it'll be light coverage/nothing at all.

My skin is getting better and I want to embrace that fact by not wearing makeup, but at the same time I like how even it makes my skin, haha.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

It really depends on how my skin looks that day - some days I will go out with just concealer on my spots, but sometimes I will opt for a foundation as well. However, I never go out without at least some make-up; for about a year or two, my acne has been too bad to do that.