Acne is, by any measure, one mammoth-sized obstacle to overcome. What’s worse? The wake of destruction it leaves behind, A.K.A. acne scars. Luckily, we have makeup to cover up all our skin-related shortcomings. That is, of course, if you use the right products.

Use the wrong makeup, though, and you can end up in trouble. Here are 4 types of makeup to avoid—and exactly what to use instead. We’re all in this together!

Cream-based primers tend to be thick and oily. On acne-prone skin, this type of formula exacerbates grease—or worse, plugs up pores. The slip of creamy primers can also cause makeup to slide off your face, leaving you sans coverage.

THE FIX: Opt for a gel-based primer instead. They are lighter weight and spread evenly across the skin. If you’re a greasy girl, look for one in a matte finish, too. This will keep your makeup in place long after application.
TRY: Imagic High Definition Primer, currently on sale at P799 (limited time only)

While a glowing base is the standard in ever-so-popular K-beauty, it’s not the best option for those with blemish marks. Unless you have crystal-clear skin, dewy formulas can reflect light in all the wrong places. This ultimately draws attention to areas you wanted to camouflage.

THE FIX: A matte base with buildable coverage effectively conceals spots and scars. Besides the finish of the formula, application is important, too. Use a stippling motion and avoid swiping from side to side. Stippling helps diminish pores and spackle over scars for a flawless look.
TRY: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P700

Just like dewy foundation, shimmery highlighters, bronzers, and blushes tend to enhance texturized skin. That being said, you don’t have to forgo your glowy pigments forever! Just keep your shimmer strictly to areas where marks are nonexistent.

THE FIX: Matte highlighters, bronzers, and blushes will bring you the dimension you need. All that without sacrificing a smooth, flawless base. For longevity, set your application with a translucent powder.
TRY: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, P1,700

Powders have the power to snuff out shine, add coverage, and seal makeup in place. For those with active acne, watch out for ingredients that could trigger breakouts. You’ll also want to avoid powders that make your skin look bone-dry and chalky.

THE FIX: A mineral-based, oil-free powder should keep you safe from bacteria buildup. More importantly, these formulas are extremely makeup-friendly. A mineral powder sits tight over liquid foundations, concealers, and other cosmetics, so it’s perfect for touch-ups! The beautiful soft-matte-but-not-flat finish is something to look forward to as well.
TRY: Human Nature Mineral Pressed Powder, P375

What makeup do YOU avoid for your skin type? Tell us in the comments!

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