The Ultimate Makeup Buys For Acne-Prone Skin

Best Makeup For Acne-Prone Skin | Space NK
When you’re in the midst of an acne flare-up it can be hard to heed the advice of dermatologists and skin experts and go makeup-free. Despite all the skin-positive messaging on social media, a lot of us still seek out our trusted foundation to camouflage redness and blemishes. Fortunately, there are some incredible non-comedogenic makeup products to help cover acne without irritating your skin further.

Wait, what is non-comedogenic makeup? These are products that have been formulated without ingredients known to block pores. If you have acne-prone skin, we always recommend opting for non-comedogenic makeup and skincare where possible.

When you’re considering how to cover acne with makeup you should look at the tools you’re using as well as the formulas. Whether you apply foundation with your fingers, a sponge or brushes, make sure they’re clean! We’ve created a speedy guide to cleaning makeup brushes as very few of us do it regularly enough and it can cause and exacerbate breakouts.

So, what is the best foundation for acne-prone skin and are there are particularly blushers or setting sprays that are designed specifically for blemish-prone skin? Here is our edit of the best non-comedogenic makeup products…

Best Makeup For Blemish-Prone Skincare


Rare Beauty

Always An Optimist Pore Diffusing Primer, € 17,00

Best Primer For Acne-Prone Skin
If you want your makeup to last longer a primer is essential. At the same time, you still want your skin to feel fresh and light. Rare Beauty Always An Optimist Pore Diffusing Primer is a super light gel that helps to minimise the appearance of pores and oily patches without feeling heavy or cloying. With the help of hyaluronic acid and green tea extract, your skin stays calm and hydrated too.


IT Cosmetics

CC+ Cream Matte SPF40, € 41,98

Best Foundation For Acne-Prone Skin
The best foundation for blemish-prone skin conceals redness and breakouts without aggravating your skin. For us, IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Matte SPF40 ticks all the boxes. The coverage is buildable, the finish is subtly matte, there’s SPF included and the addition of niacinamide and peptides ensures your skin is looked after. Plus, there are 14 shades to choose from.



Revealer Concealer, € 29,00

Best Concealer For Acne-Prone Skin
Marrying skincare ingredients with makeup formulas, there was always going to be at least one Kosas product in our makeup guide for acne-prone skin. Infused with arnica, this concealer helps to soothe breakouts and reduce while camouflaging them. It’s one of our all-time favourite formulas because the medium coverage is buildable yet feels super light.


Summer Fridays

Blush Balm Stick, N/A

Best Blusher For Acne-Prone Skin
Some people are cautious of using blusher in case it accentuates any redness, but a slick of blush across your cheeks can give you a healthy looking glow that detracts from any breakouts entirely. We love Summer Friday's dewy sticks as they're fool-proof to apply and feel featherlight - you almost forget you're wearing blush.


Milk Makeup

Pore Eclipse Setting Spray, € 28,00

Best Setting Spray For Acne-Prone Skin
A setting spray can often feel like an unnecessary step, especially if you’ve used a primer, but Milk Makeup’s Pore Eclipse Setting Spray has several benefits. The formula helps to rebalance excess oil, reduce shine and refine pores without feeling sticky.


A Note On Removing Makeup For Acne-Prone Skin

Removing your makeup properly is a key step to every skincare routine, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. We are huge fans of Plenaire Rose Jelly Gentle Makeup Remover, € 9,75 as the gentle cleanser removes dirt, grime and makeup effortlessly without leaving your skin feeling dry and tight. If you know you’re going to get home late and unlikely to wash your face properly, we recommend having Milk Makeup Hydro Ungrip Micellar Water Makeup Remover, € 36,00 by your bed for speedy removal.

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