Acne anti-coverage makeup

acne anti coverage makeup

acne makeup confidence blog

Here is the next makeup thing, that I’m gonna rock as a trend: Confidence.

I already talked a little about this on my recent post, but today, while I was having a fantastic day, I got an inspiration to come here and share my makeup photos and thoughts. Because today – I didn’t even want to cover my acne.

There are tons of different makeup tips and even some things, that we consider as rules. Every once in a while I like to kick those rules out of my makeup bag and just do as I please. Like yesterday and today, when I wore my acne anti-coverage base.

acne makeup blog confidence

acne confidence makeup

Makeup and skin problems can be a tricky combo. It’s certainly something, that has made me feel sad at times. Why doesn’t my favorite foundation look beautiful on my skin? Why does the highlighter want to make my skin look worse than it is? Not to talk about the fact, that acne can be painful and makeup can irritate it – or the process of removing it. And to be honest – I just haven’t felt like applying makeup on my acne. And realizing I don’t have to is pretty damn powering.

So here is my acne anti-coverage makeup from today. I wore this, when I went to city to my monthly sugaring appointment and a lunch date with my friend. I feel like the time stopped for a while, when we sat in a restaurant and drank our awful teas and laughed at stupid things.  I took a bus home and smiled the entire trip back. Why should I worry? I may have a few red pimples on my cheeks, but I have just as many good friends.

Would you rock the acne anti-coverage makeup? And what looks better in your opinion: a flawless makeup or self-confidence?
I choose the second one every day and I’m willing to pair it with whatever makeup I’m wearing.

acne anti-coverage makeup

About the makeup:
I wore my go-to foundation with cream contour and a nude blush (which is the only product I can’t remember right now). I used Isadora’s eyeshadows, which I wrote about here and on my lips I wore my new mac lipstick, with a gloss. Those lashes are my absolute favorite. If you’re someone just starting with fake lashes – you should definitely try Eylure’s lashes – the lash band is really thin, which makes them easier to apply.

PRODUCTS

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Missha Perfect Cover BB cream, 21 & 27
MUFE Pro Sculpting Palette, 30
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard & Vanilla
Everyday Minerals Multitasking Concealer
Innisfree no-sebum mineral powder

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Original
Makeup Geek Single Eyeshadow, Peach Smoothie
IsaDora Eyeshadow Quartet, Smoky Velvets
Alima Pure Eye Pencil, Ink
IsaDora Stretch Lash Mascara, Brown
Eylure 035 lashes

MAC Cremesheen Creme Cup Lipstick
Clarins Lip oil

mac creme cup lips

How to moisturize an oily skin?

how to moisturize oily skin

Here is a question I hear all the time (mostly from my so) and that is probably still a mystery to many:

Why does an oily skin need moisturizing? Usually followed by:
Isn’t it oily enough as it is? Why do you add oil to it?

It’s a good question and I can understand the logic in it. However, here’s the thing: moisture & oil isn’t the same thing. Even an oily skin can get dry and still be oily. In some cases, it’s actually oily because it’s dry. A good example of that was me, when I was on Acnatac. My skin was exremely dry, but at the same time I was drowning in my own oil.
It’s very common to have not only one problem with your skin. For example combination skin can be really oily at times, but some parts of the face are likely normal or dry. So you do need to moisturize the skin.

The most important thing about moisturizers is that they don’t just moisturize your skin. They balance it. They are the ‘treatment’ in your skincare. You wash your face and use other products that you rinse out, but the lotion is what you leave on to the skin, right? With oily skin, your moisturizer (being a suitable one) balances your oil-production and your skin. It doesn’t just remove the dryness. It balances the skin and protects it by creating a block between your bare skin and the outside world. For oily skin there are also these mattifying products, that balance the oil production evidently and you instantly see the results. There are several things that the lotion can do and it depends on the lotion, but you get the idea.

So, to answer the question one more time: oily skin needs moisturizing,

because it is dry – or you want to prevent it from getting dry
because the moisturizer balances the skin and can help with the oiliness and the impurities, redness etc.
because the moisturizer protects the skin
because the moisturizer makes the skin look and feel a bit better

why oily skin needs moisturizing

Photos of me: Inka Lähteenaro edit:me

But because oily skin can be tricky and a bad lotion can actually make it worse, the next question is:

How to moisturize an oily skin?

Moisturizing an oily skin is different from – let’s say dry skin. Choosing and finding the perfect products isn’t easy. The products need to be more lightweight, the ingredients suitable for the impurities and the user experience comfortable. As you learned, the idea isn’t to make you feel more oily.

Good products to moisturize are toners, face mists, serums, fluids, gels and other lightweight lotions and creams. It’s a good idea to use a heavier moisturizer in the evening and then a very light one in the morning. But it’s up to you and your skin. You should try different products to find the ones, that work for you.

Another thing, that can work for oily skin are oils. I know it sounds scary, but a lightweight oil can be amazing for your skin. Just try argan oil or jojoba oil (read more about them here). I personally prefer jojoba oil during Summer and argan oil in Winter.

With my skin (that is combination, which kinda means it oily with a hint of normal and dry), I’ve noticed that I need to use different products in Summer and in Winter. In Winter I can use heavier lotions and even creams, but in Summer I can get away with just a light serum or a face mist (+ a sunscreen). So there can be times, when you don’t need a lotion. Oily skin during summer can be that. But even then you use sunscreen and that is usually a lotion. And the sun can be drying, so you probably need a little something. Aloe vera soothes the skin and makes a great lightweight moisturizer.

What products are good to moisturize an oily skin?

kivvi moisturizer oily skin

Here are some product recommendations from me:

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KIVVI 24H Intensive Moisturizing Gel
A lightweight gel that is perfect for summer since it contains so much aloe vera. Post here. It’s quite a small brand – I bought my product from Riga, Latvia.

MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
A refreshing gel containing snail extract. Post here.

MADARA SOS Hydra-Repair Intensive Serum
This is the most amazing serum I’ve ever tried. For oily skin, it works as a moisturizer – especially in Summer. In winter it’s awesome under lotion. I have wrote about this before, here. It was also one of my top 10 products last year.

MÀDARA Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimizing Fluid Day
A lightweight fluid for the first signs of aging. Post here.

MADARA Moisturizing Mist Daily Defence Nokkonen by Noora
Product with the longest name – but the product itself is quite simple and super nice. It’s a moisturizing mist with aloe vera and nettle. This product is actually designed by a Finnish blogger, Noora, which is so cool (You go girl!). Edit: and apparently only sold in Finland?

GATINEAU Clear&Perfect Sebo-regulating Concentrate
This can work just by itself as a moisturizer during summer or together with the lotion mentioned below.

GATINEAU Clear&Perfect Purifying Powder Emulsion
Lotion, that leaves your skin matte. I loved this. I’ve tried the whole Clear&Perfect line, which I approve.

DECLÈOR Aroma Purete Mattifying Fluid 
A lovely fluid lotion, that is both moisturizing yet mattifying. I’ve tried all the products from the Aroma Purete – line and I loved it. I can recommend the Ylang Ylang oil together with this day cream. For night I used the night balm, which was amazing. Declèor uses essential oils in their products, so they are quite ‘heavily’ scented, but the scent does evaporate quite quickly. I love the scent however and find it soothing. Man, writing about these products makes me miss all the products I have used during the years! P.S. I noticed these products are now on sale.

THE BODY SHOP Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream
A product, that I’m completely addicted to and am using at the moment. I love gel creams – they are perfect for my skin. This is lightweight yet moisturizing and refreshing. I am also currently using the Seaweed toner, which I love.

THE BODY SHOP Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist
Moisturizing and refreshing face mist. I like to give my face an extra boost of moisture before adding the lotion.

CLARINS Daily Energizer Cream-Gel
Another gel-cream, because they are amazing. Clarins’ Daily Energizer line is great for combination skin. I love the cleansing gel and the toner from the line.

There – hope this was helpful to you. Now tell me: what is your skin type and what is your favorite moisturizer? And also: Should I update the product recommendation list as I find new suitable products?