The Ultimate Summer Makeup For Acne-Prone Skin

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Photography: Emma Palmer

Whether you find it hard to conceal breakouts or struggle to strike the balance between oily skin and a healthy-looking glow, it’s safe to say that the struggle is real when it comes to finding makeup to suit acne-prone skin. Or is it? 

Arif Khan, Space NK’s senior pro artist says it’s all about listening to your skin and finding what works for you. “Trial and error will really help when it comes to finding makeup that works for you,” he says. “Once you know what ingredients your skin likes and dislikes, you’ll have a much better success rate at finding the right products.” 

To help take some of the guesswork out, our colour & accessories buyer, Helena Drozd has shared her top picks for what should be in your makeup bag…


The Lightweight SPF

By Terry UV Base Sunscreen Cream Broad Spectrum SPF50

Regardless of your skin type, everyone should be wearing applying an SPF before your makeup. If you have acne scars, they are likely to deepen in colour as scarred skin is more susceptible to sun damage. This particular SPF is incredibly lightweight and dries down matte to help limit excessive shine. 

The Multitasking Tinted Moisturiser

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

When dealing with acne, it’s easy to feel compelled to use a full coverage foundation but instead, try going for something lighter as it will allow your skin to breathe better and it will cope better in warmer temperatures. This is one of my favourites as it’s packed with vitamins C and E, which will also help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the environment.


The Hard Working Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This concealer works wonders for disguising breakouts and redness. It’s long-lasting and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores either. Apply it after your tinted moisturiser to hone in on areas that need extra coverage and help disguise breakouts and blemishes.

The Complexion Enhancing Bronzer

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder

Shimmery products can easily pick up blemishes in sunlight, so it’s best to avoid this and go for a matte bronzer instead. Space NK’s all-time favourite and consistent bestseller is NARS’ original Laguna Bronzer, which now comes in a matte formula and is ideal for blemish-prone skin. It adds a really natural warmth to your complexion and smells divine too.


The Glow-Getting Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand in shade Pillow Talk

If you have oily skin you might think I’m mad adding this into the mix, but this product is the ultimate hybrid of both highlighter and blusher. It has a soft-focus and oil-absorbing properties, which are guaranteed to make you instantly glow. Add a tiny amount to the inner corners of your eyes and the tops of your cheek and brow bones. 

The Invisible Setting Spray

Hourglass Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray

Instead of setting your makeup with a powder, which can often crease and end up looking quite cakey, try a setting spray instead. I love this particular formula as it feels weightless and is water-resistant, so it gives your makeup maximum staying power even in the summer heat. Simply spritz a light mist all over as the final step in your routine.


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