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Question: Foundation always makes me break out. What can I do to cover up zits?

Answer: Foundation is one of those products that cosmetics companies have weaseled into your makeup bag. While the promise of a flawless complexion is enticing (and really, who wouldn’t want that?), you don’t need foundation to get there!

Keep in mind that when it comes to break-outs, there may be several culprits: foundations that are too heavy, dirty tools, or not washing your makeup off before you go to bed.


In our day and age of cosmetics, there are concealers that promise light coverage, full coverage, and everything in between. They come packaged in cute pots, tubes, and luxurious bottles. Find a shade that fits you best, and only apply it to the areas you think need a little help. These could be blemishes and scarring or dark under eye circles and hyper-pigmentation. Set it with a light dusting of your favorite powder and you’re done!

This is actually my preferred method of covering blemishes. I have occasional breakouts that I like to cover up, but an entire face of foundation just isn’t necessary for a small zit.

Cream/Liquid-to-Powder Foundations

Other options that you may not have considered include cream and liquid foundations that transition into powders as they set on your face. These types of foundations are considerably lighter in consistency and they don’t feel heavy (or pore-clogging) on your skin. Plus, they look extremely natural.

Powder Foundation

Powder foundation lands right in the middle of the spectrum in terms of texture. It’s creamier than a face powder, and yet it’s not a liquid. So just like a cream/liquid-to-powder foundation, you’re getting all the coverage without the heaviness.

Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizers are a 2-in-1 product that promise lightweight coverage along with moisturization. If you have a liquid foundation that you absolutely love, just add a few drops to your daily moisturizer to create your own. There are also many high-quality tinted moisturizers on the market.
Remember to wash your makeup off before you go to bed, and if you’re still experiencing break-outs, be sure you’re properly cleaning any cosmetic brushes and tools that you’re using. If your tools are dirty, that may be the cause of your break-outs! While it’s tempting to paint your face on the regular, give your skin an occasional break from makeup to heal and rejuvenate itself.