Anyone who has dealt with or is currently dealing with skin prone to acne and blemishes know how detrimental it can be to their self-confidence. It might seem like a trivial issue, being so concerned about your skin that it affects your ability to face the outside world, but our physical “flaws” are the first things people see when they look at us. And when you have obvious bumps, scars and dark spots on your face, it can make you feel self-conscious that the only thing you feel you can do is to hide those imperfections under a thick blanket of makeup.

There is nothing wrong with using makeup as a way to boost our confidence, of course, as long as it does not become a self-destructive tool. While it is greatly reassuring to know we can always rely on makeup to hide the skin imperfections we do not want to put on a show to the world, it should not become something we use to always hide under.


The First Step: Going Foundation-Free

If you have any experience at all with acne, you have probably delved into the colourful world of makeup to conceal your bumps and marks. You might even have perfected your foundation routine over the years to help you achieve the most flawless-looking base possible. If we were to tell you to spend a day sans your foundation, you will probably recoil in horror while clutching your bottle of foundation with a Hulk-strength grip.

But, as much as we too love the flawless finish that foundation gives our skin, applying foundation every day is not going to do your skin any favours. And if you are dealing with acne, masking it under foundation will just exacerbate the condition of your skin, leaving you trapped in a cycle of frustration as you keep hiding your worsening acne under more foundation.

This vicious cycle is precisely why you should consider going foundation-free. We’re not talking giving it up cold turkey, but at least start with one day of the week. As you get more comfortable in your foundation-free skin, you can begin to skip your base makeup more often.


Base Makeup Alternative: Micro-Concealing

We know it is going to be tough to completely go bare face after relying on a foundation to hide your acne, blemishes and scars for some time. Luckily, there is a way for you to go foundation-free without having to put your skin imperfections on show immediately, through a technique known as micro-concealing.

Micro-concealing involves only covering your blemishes and other imperfections with concealer while allowing the rest of your skin to go makeup-free. This is a great transition technique for when you wish to start your foundation-free journey but are feeling anxious to totally go bare-faced. Micro-concealing not only enables your skin to look flawless without relying on heavy foundations but also allows your skin to breathe as it is not being caked under layers of makeup.

Keen to find out how you can master the art of micro-concealing? Check out our tips below to get you started:

Use a Teeny, Tiny Brush

The name of this technique says it all — you will need a brush with a really fine tip so you can be really precise with your concealing. A fine eyeliner brush works great as it is thin enough that you can properly conceal the tiniest blemish on your skin without it looking cakey.

Match Your Concealer Shade with Your Skin

Since you will not be applying any foundation for this technique, choosing the right shade of concealer is essential. This ensures the concealer will blend seamlessly into your skin without there being any random darker spots on your face. If you have been matching your concealer with your foundation shade, then we suggest getting yourself matched again so you get the correct shade for your skin. Be sure to check the shade of concealer in daylight to get an accurate view of how it looks like against your skin.

Opt for a Creamy Concealer

Concealers come in different textures, from creams to liquids. For micro-concealing, a thick creamy texture is the better option as it can be blended easily into the skin without it disappearing into nothingness. Concealers that come in stick forms, while having the least potential of migrating away from the area you have concealed, are a lot harder to blend out and can appear more obvious against your natural skin. Another option is to go for a full-coverage foundation that can double as a concealer. Just be careful not to apply too much of the foundation when micro-concealing your skin.

Use a Feathering Motion

The application technique you use is by far the most important step when micro-concealing your skin. Dip your brush into the tiniest bit of concealer and, holding your brush at its end, apply the concealer onto the blemish and carefully blend the edges in a small, feathering motion. Don’t hold your brush near its tip as this will cause you to put too much pressure on your skin, resulting in too much concealer being applied. Repeat this step for all of the areas of your skin you wish to cover, and voilà! Now you’ve got smooth, flawless skin without having to mask it under layers of foundation.