Make-up Masterclass Skin issues
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI’s best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all we need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
Iam inundated with social media messages, comments and people wanting advice on their make-up bag. One of the questions that I often get asked is: “What is the best cover-up for acne, blemishes and scarring and texture created by breakouts?” When it comes to acne, breakouts and other skin and textural issues, there really is no magic wonder cover-up product that will entirely remove and disguise these.
The single best way to reduce breakouts and acne is to use specialised ingredients from an expertly chosen skincare regime to target areas of potent breakouts.
However, this is not the question that I am constantly asked by a broad spectrum of followers — so here are my top cover up tips when it comes to concealing, disguising and reducing the appearance of acne, breakouts and skin texture.
After using your expertly advised skincare routine, you want to create an even texture on the skin. The most effective way is by using a smoothing primer, which features innovative blurring and filling technology that gives a more youthful appearance and fades out large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, while prepping the skin for make-up. For this I adore the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer (£25.50, Make Up Pro Store/ Debenhams).
The satiny, non-oily formula evens out skin texture, leaving skin looking resurfaced and perfectly smooth for flawless make-up all day long.
Simply apply a small amount onto the face in the areas where you have texture and ongoing skin issues to create a film over the skin for an even application of further products.
The next step is to colour-correct any redness found in the skin. I always use a green concealer, as green is the opposite of red on the colour wheel, so using it over troublesome areas will help to neutralise any spots or discolouration. Use sparingly and only apply it to the areas that need it most.
For best results, blend the concealer well and add a layer of natural-coloured foundation over the top. Try ELF Color Correcting Stick (£5, Superdrug). Infused with vitamin C, you’ll get both coverage and hydration with this creamy corrective stick. After this you will want to lighten, brighten and conceal dark under-eye circles and areas with heightened pigmentation. If you want to build your coverage in targeted areas such as the under-eye area and fine lines and do not want a full cream thick consistency, choose a liquid, lightweight concealer to slowly build coverage and avoid creasing or showing fine lines. Try Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer in either Y21, Y23 or R30 shades (£20, Make Up Pro Store/Debenhams), which uses collagen to refresh and awaken the under-eye area.
My second concealer is a full-coverage concealer such as Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer (£5.99, Superdrug). This product introduces Maybelline’s first gel concealer, with no waxes or fillers, to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections with a light texture leaving skin feeling brighter and awakened. Available in six shades.