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#1 PrettyInside

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:13 PM

I want to minimize the appearance of acne and acne scars (as in real scars, not hyperpigmentation).

 

Recently, I read that that mineral makeup can make flaws more obvious, rather than hide them; if true, that would be at odds with my intended purpose. Should I be looking for an oil-free liquid makeup instead?

 

 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:25 PM

I've tried both mineral and liquid foundation...I have a lot of scars and enough acne to need a lot of makeup.  Honestly, there are pros and cons to both types of makeup.  Mineral is better for your skin and won't clog your pores, but if you have oily skin, it really accentuates the shine.  If I put mineral makeup on in the morning my face looks super shiny and kinda gross in only 2 hours.  Liquid makeup doesn't do that for me...I can go a whole day and my face still looks pretty well covered and has a matte look.

 

But, for covering up flaws, I would say mineral and liquid are equal.  I really like the feel of mineral on my skin, and it does a nice job covering up scars and red areas.  Honestly though, liquid makeup does the same!  It just clogs my pores more, which isn't cool!  

 

If you have oily skin, go with liquid makeup and a good matte powder.  If you have dry skin, go with the mineral makeup.  I use liquid foundation (Almay 16 hr.) and a matte powder (MaryKay) and I love them both.



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 07:01 AM

Mineral is better for your skin and won't clog your pores, but if you have oily skin, it really accentuates the shine. If I put mineral makeup on in the morning my face looks super shiny and kinda gross in only 2 hours. Liquid makeup doesn't do that for me...I can go a whole day and my face still looks pretty well covered and has a matte look.

 

So in other words, I can expect mineral makeup to "disappear" in just a few hours' time. (Yes, I have very oily skin; it's even worse if I eat certain foods containing unhealthy oil(s), like mayo, for instance.)

 

If I wear liquid makeup beyond 8 hours, it begins to look worn, as my skin's oil starts breaking it down. But maybe that's due to me not yet finding the best liquid foundation for my skin. Hmm...

 

 

But, for covering up flaws, I would say mineral and liquid are equal. I really like the feel of mineral on my skin, and it does a nice job covering up scars and red areas. 

 

I love the idea of having weightless coverage; yet the idea of spending money on something that I can only wear for just a few hours without it wearing off completely isn't so hot. Egads.

 

I'm guessing that reapplication isn't a good idea, in that you'd be getting the skin's oils/bacteria all over the application brush. :(


 

...Liquid makeup does the same! It just clogs my pores more, which isn't cool!

 

So do you wear liquid foundation every day--and for 8+ hours per day? And do you mean that it makes you break out, or does it cause clogged pores/blackheads?

 

 

If you have oily skin, go with liquid makeup and a good matte powder. If you have dry skin, go with the mineral makeup. I use liquid foundation (Almay 16 hr.) and a matte powder (MaryKay) and I love them both.

 

I'm still torn. I hate the feeling of a face-full of liquid foundation--which feels even more obvious as my skin's oil adds to the weight of it throughout the day; so adding powder on top of liquid foundation wouldn't work well for me. It's either loose mineral powder or a lightweight, oil-free liquid makeup. At least I can decide on that much. crazy.gif



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:56 AM

I do wear liquid foundation every day, unless I"m just laying around at home of course!  Usually I only put the foundation on once.  Sometimes I will put on some more powder to get that matte look again.  I heard that Estee Lauder has a great matte foundation, and I actually might get some of that and try it.  It's expensive, but worth it to me.  I'll let you know if it works!  No, liquid foundation doesn't make me break out, but I do have clearer skin when I don't wear makeup.  For me though, I have so many scars, I need to wear makeup or I just don't like going out in public. Haha.

 

If you have oily skin then, don't waste your money on mineral makeup.  It will wear off super fast.

 

Are you moisturizing?  I find that when I wash my face in the morning, and don't apply moisturizer, my makeup stays on longer.  Moisturizing is good for your face, but, it also adds that shine that accentuates the oiliness of makeup.  Maybe try not moisturizing?  Facewashes that have sulfur in them are excellent for drying up oils....that's what I use and I love it.  



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:53 PM

I heard that Estee Lauder has a great matte foundation, and I actually might get some of that and try it. It's expensive, but worth it to me. I'll let you know if it works! 

 

Do let us know in this thread what you think of the Estee Lauder matte foundation. I probably won't spend that kind of money on makeup but am still curious to know what someone else thinks of it. :)

 

 

For me though, I have so many scars, I need to wear makeup or I just don't like going out in public. Haha.

 

You mean that you have actual scars (indentations), not just hyperpigmentation, yes?


 

Are you moisturizing? I find that when I wash my face in the morning, and don't apply moisturizer, my makeup stays on longer. Moisturizing is good for your face, but, it also adds that shine that accentuates the oiliness of makeup. Maybe try not moisturizing? Facewashes that have sulfur in them are excellent for drying up oils....that's what I use and I love it.

 

I'm at an age when I don't want to leach that much oil from my skin. :) Cleansers that I once used I now find too harsh/drying. And even though my skin becomes shiny and my pores more clogged due to moisturizing, the feeling of moisture--rather than the tightness of overly dry skin--feels better. (Yes, my pores get clogged even from Neutrogena's oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer for sensitive skin. Ah, well.)



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:50 PM

I don't have indentations, just lots of surface scars.  Any idea on how to get rid of those?  I have a couple that are really bad from some cystic acne I had, and they won't fade!  

 

I use that exact Neutrogena moisturizer, and I do love it.  It still makes my face more oily, but with my combination skin, that's bound to happen regardless.

 

I will let you know what I think of the Estee Lauder!  I haven't bought it yet.....waiting for my paycheck :P



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:54 AM

Any shimmer effect would highlight scars. If you go for mineral foundation, choose one with a matte finish.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 07:25 AM

I don't have indentations, just lots of surface scars.  Any idea on how to get rid of those?  I have a couple that are really bad from some cystic acne I had, and they won't fade!  

 

 

Red marks aren't scars. Many people refer to them as such, but they're not. Only if the skin is damaged--i.e., permanently indented--can you call it a scar. You have hyperpigmentation, which isn't a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, since such marks fade with time. Granted, some reddened areas can develop into scars, so be sure to take good care of your skin, both inside and out. I'd say to drink lots of water and continue to moisturize your skin, as I think that oil-free moisture may help prevent scarring. And be gentle with your skin, as well--no harsh scrubbing.

 

 

I will let you know what I think of the Estee Lauder!  I haven't bought it yet.....waiting for my paycheck tongue.png

 

Thank you.  :)



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:05 PM

Any shimmer effect would highlight scars. If you go for mineral foundation, choose one with a matte finish.

 

If you don't mind me asking, do you scarring (indentations) that semi-matte mineral foundation made more noticeable?



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:49 AM

I find it's best to use a liquid with a thin consistency. It won't add texture (good foundation will smooth textural issues) and there are some good ones out there now that don't clog your pores as much. I also find really matte foundation adds texture and clogs pores easier. I stick with dewy finishes and blot the oil with rice paper or napkins. And I don't use primers cause the always break me out and make me oiler and I think the makeup breaks down faster too. When I want matte, I use Mineral Veil powder, but it doesn't stay matte very long. Lol

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 06:01 PM

I find it's best to use a liquid with a thin consistency. It won't add texture (good foundation will smooth textural issues) and there are some good ones out there now that don't clog your pores as much. I also find really matte foundation adds texture and clogs pores easier. I stick with dewy finishes and blot the oil with rice paper or napkins. And I don't use primers cause the always break me out and make me oiler and I think the makeup breaks down faster too. When I want matte, I use Mineral Veil powder, but it doesn't stay matte very long. Lol

 

Thank you for the information.

 

I recently bought Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation to try. (I feel guilty about that because I know Revlon performs animal testing--and I have two house rabbits. Ugh.) The main plus is that I found a color that matches my skin pretty well. I apply it with a moistened makeup sponge, which helps thin the liquid; yet my scars, though mostly shallow, can still be seen, as well as my areas of hyperpigmentation. Oh, well. I guess I'd rather have my flaws be noticeable through more natural-looking makeup than have them be noticeable due to a heavy layer of liquid foundation.

 

I've tried a primer--OC8--and felt that it made my skin look more ruddy, clogged, etc. Plus, I didn't like the feel of it on my skin. To provide some matte finish on non-scarred/less-scarred areas, I've been using corn starch. It works fairly well and is cheap; you can't beat that.


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