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02-12-16 | Posted by

Maybe it’s the pimple that shows up out of nowhere right before a big event, or those hormonal breakouts during adolescence, pregnancy or perimenoupause. Whatever the cause, we know you’d do anything for them to disappear completely…and the only way to do that until they’re really gone is with a little bit of makeup and some expert tips.

BITB turned to accomplished makeup artist Derek Selby, who knows more than a thing or two about makeup, to share his wisdom on the art of concealing acne. Selby is currently the Global Ambassador and Spokesperson for Cover FX, a makeup brand developed under the supervision of dermatologists for a truly healthy foundation. He has over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry including training and education with Lancôme Cosmetics, Shoppers Drug Mart and Schwarzkopf Professional. He’s done makeup for celebrities including Uma Thurman and he’s also a well-known television personality in Canada.

Selby knows the ins and the outs of how to get a handle on current and future breakouts for adolescent and adult acne alike and he wants to share. Here’s what he had to say:


1. Choose your makeup carefully. Always use oil free products. A matte finish is also helpful to minimize any light reflection that can accentuate uneven skin texture. Go for matte blush and a matte finish foundation.

2. Always clean your make-up brushes and tools to reduce bacteria. Brushes can hold bacteria so it’s very important to keep them clean. For all skin — but especially sensitive skin — you need to use clean tools. Brushes are very easy to clean. You can use brush cleanser, facial cleanser, dish soap or hand soap and clean them once a week to reduce bacteria on the skin and help reduce breakouts and bacteria. If you have very sensitive or acne-prone skin, you should clean them after every make-up application.

3. Layer to conceal acne. If you have acne, always use clean brushes to cover it, not your fingers. First, apply a light application of foundation over your entire face to cover the majority of redness and blemishes. Then, use a patting or stippling technique to build coverage in areas where you still see blemishes or redness. If you still see areas that need coverage, use a concealer brush to apply a little concealer just in areas where you need it. Finish with a matte setting powder for all day wear.

BITB’s Product Picks: 

ZO Skin Health Oclipse Correct & Conceal ($29) This targeted spot treatment for blemishes comes in two shades (light and medium) to reduce breakouts while concealing spots, redness and inflammation.

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Cover FX BB Gel ($45) is an anti-acne foundation with a light weight texture that feels very refreshing on acne prone skin. It also contains salicylic acid to help treat acne while the pigment covers the breakout.

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation ($76), an oil-free gel foundation is made up of 60% charged water, which is capable of transferring moisture into the skin without the use of oil as an emulsifier. It’s formulated with reflective pigments for medium to full coverage and the ability to diminish the look of imperfections. Natural botanicals such as aloe, chamomile and arnica will calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin while rosemary, green tea and rice bran will help prevent oxidation.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($32) can be customized for a perfect match thanks to its two-shade compact. It naturally and completely covers, blemishes, scars, discolorations and dark circles. It contains soothing aloe and chamomile extracts and skin-conditioning vitamins A, C, and E and is suitable for even the most sensitive complexions.

Cover FX Matte Setting Powder ($32) instantly mattifies, controls shine, minimizes transfer and gives your makeup a long-wear finish. Formulated to absorb oil and diffuse the appearance of pores as well as calm, soothe, and reduce redness and inflammation.

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