The Best Makeup Starter Pack For Acne-Prone Skin

Written by Sumona BoseSep 16, 2023
The best makeup starter pack for acne-prone skin

Having acne-prone skin should not make you fear makeup! When it comes to choosing products for oily, acne-prone skin, it all boils down to the formula. Generally speaking, heavyweight products are a big no-no and powder, water based or even gel-based products can work miracles for this skin type. We figured we’ll help you get started on this by preparing a makeup essentials pack for you.

First things first, it’s essential to properly cleanse and moisturise your skin for smooth makeup application on acne-prone skin. But make sure you’re not going overboard with exfoliation as it can irritate active pimples. Also, make sure to clean your tools regularly, and sanitize your hands before touching your face in any way. Once that is taken care of, here are the makeup essentials that you will need in your vanity:


1. Primer

5. Blush for acne-prone skin

A primer is essential for building a flawless base acne-prone skin. It helps even out your skin texture, fills in lines and makes your makeup last longer. Look for a blurring formula that is lightweight, matte in texture and helps even out the skin tone.

BB picks: Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Primer


2. Colour corrector/Concealer

5. Blush for acne-prone skin

Instead of piling on layers of foundation to achieve a flawless base, use colour correctors to hide your imperfections (green to cover red acne marks and orange to cancel out dark circles. Go over the zits with a high-coverage concealer to knock the look of them right out.

BB picks: Lakme Absolute White Intense SPF 20 Concealer Stick


3. Foundation

5. Blush for acne-prone skin

When choosing a foundation for acne-prone skin, pick matte over dewy. Creamy or oil-based foundations are often coveted for the glow they lend to skin. However they can be a nightmare for your pores and lead to further breakouts. Foundations targeted for acne-prone skin are usually powder-based and buildable in nature, since they don’t clog pores and have oil-absorbing properties in them.

BB picks: Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation


4. Translucent powder

5. Blush for acne-prone skin

A translucent powder plays the role of a dark horse in your makeup routine for acne-prone skin. Since setting sprays can irritate your breakouts, a layer of translucent powder is what will set your makeup. Make sure to apply a layer after foundation and at the very end as well. You can even try baking, if you’ll be wearing makeup all day.

BB picks: Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Finishing Powder


5. Blush

5. Blush for acne-prone skin

A hint of blush is all you need to all colour to your face. Apply some on the apples of your cheeks, chin and swipe some on your nose for a rosy glow. We recommend giving the highlighter a miss as the shimmery particles in them can accentuate your skin texture and make your zits look more prominent.

BB picks: Lakme 9 to 5 Pure Rouge Blusher

Pro tip: In addition to makeup products that are formulated for acne-prone skin, you need to have a good makeup remover as well. Make sure to take all your makeup off at the end of the day using an oil-free makeup remover like the Ponds Vitamin Micellar Water D - Toxx Charcoal and allow your skin to breathe.
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Sumona Bose

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Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!


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