Tutorial: Natural Makeup for Major Breakouts

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation Before After

If you read my recent post about Maybelline Better Skin Foundation, you know that my battle to regain my flawless skin continues. Since a major skincare disaster that happened to me a couple of months ago, my looks have finally almost returned to normal and now you can’t really tell by looking at me that I had problems. Today I am sharing with you my natural makeup tips and tricks that will help you to camouflage breakouts and look so fresh that nobody will ever notice what a helluva skin problems you are dealing with.

Natural Makeup for Major Breakouts
Step #1:
When your skin is irritated but you still want to apply makeup, it’s important to prep your skin properly. Wash your skin with non-irritating cleanser (I usually use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser).

Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum

Step #2: Apply Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 that smooths your skin and helps you apply makeup more evenly. I like that it leaves a refreshing after-scent on your skin and also helps to visibly shrink pores. Follow this with Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willwoherb, a natural product that blurs your skin a little bit and adds a natural glow. I’ve been using this product at night only and then experimented and found it’s the best base for makeup. Now I am using it in the morning and highly recommend you do the same if you want your perfect skin back.

Maybelline Better Skin Challenge

Step #3: It’s time for Maybelline Better Skin Foundation (c/o), a revolutionary product that not only helps to hide your blemishes, but also helps to heal pimples and scars while you are wearing your makeup. Sounds like a miracle, right? Over the course of the last couple of weeks I’ve used all sorts of treatments (you can find the full list here), and I believe this product is one of those that helped me recover more quickly.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain review

Step #4: Right after you finish with foundation, apply your favorite lip-gloss (I use Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Poppy). Usually, I do it at the end, but in a situation with breakouts you want to see which shade highlights and which one helps to hide reddish spots on your skin. When you decide on the shade of your lipstick, you can pick your eye shadow color accordingly. Then,  apply highlighter Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter on the top and bottom of your lip.

e.l.f. Studio Party Ready Eyeshadow Palette

Step #5: I use different eye shadow palettes every day, and today I picked e.l.f. Studio Party Ready Eyeshadow Palette (c/o). It is a very affordable (just $10) eye shadow set that consists of silky-smooth shadows you can use during the day and at night. Apply a classic beige shade all over your lids using e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush. Then switch to the purple shade from the palette and apply it like eyeliner, using Eco Tools Bamboo Flat Eyeliner Brush.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

Step #6: Our goal is to create a glowing look that turns people’s attention from the condition of your skin to your eyes and lips. When I don’t sleep enough or don’t feel particularly well, I often apply a beige eyeliner on the bottom eyelid. The same works when your skin is not feeling okay. Use Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude.

L'Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter

Step #7: It’s time for a concealer. Even though Maybelline Better Skin Foundation is very good for camouflaging breakouts, today we would need to highlight eyes a bit more. Apply L’Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter under your eyes and on the inner sides.

Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter review

Step #8: Apply highlighter (I used Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Highlighter) on your cheekbones and under the brow. Since your skin is irritated, avoid putting this product directly on your face. Use your fingertips instead and wash your hands every time after you touch your face. By doing so, you are avoiding spreading bacteria all over your makeup products. I usually use the same shade of highlighter that I used on my cheeks, but you can also pick a highlighter that is one shade lighter than the one you used on your cheeks.

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling Lifting Mascara

Step #9: Apply your favorite mascara (I used Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara) and brush your eyebrows a little bit using e.l.f. Essential Clear Brow & Lash Mascara (c/o). The latest product is 2-in-1 so you can save the other side for other looks; for instance, when you make an accent on your lips.

Chanel Joues Contraste Pink Explosion review

Step #10: Finish up with a bit of your favorite blush (I used Chanel Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion). The foundation we used creates a matte effect so you need to add just a bit of color to your cheeks.

I hope you liked my tutorial on how to create a natural look while you are dealing with breakouts. I also would love to hear your stories about how you use makeup in such situations. Please comment below so we can exchange our tips and tricks!

Tutorial: Natural Makeup for Major Breakouts

Photos by Vital Agibalow

  • I’ve recently suffered from a bad breakout so I really appreciate these tips! It’s difficult because I want to pile on makeup to cover it up but it ends up making things worse. I swear by Caudalie’s Instant Detox mask, it has dramatically helped me!

    xo, Liz

    • I feel your pain, Liz. I’ve been dealing with a MAJOR skincare problem for the last three months or so. I tried everything including antibiotics, and finally I look like myself. I never tried Caudalie’s Instant Detox mask, but I will definitely follow your advice and order one! I also used all sorts of masks but I can’t really tell which one helped me the most. Probably, it’s a combination of Glamglow YouthMud mask, Boscia Bright White Mask, and some black mud mask that I bought in Russia. Anyways, I really appreciate your tip. I will give that mask a try!

  • Olga Dubinko

    Amazing result! In my opinion, the main thing for breakouts is first, find a good foundation and, second, use great skincare to get rid of them ASAP!

  • Color U Bold

    I love this simple look and you are rocking the natural makeup look! I’ve used cliniques makeup remover and love it so I definitely need to try out the clarifying lotion. I swear by the Cetaphil its amazing! These are really great tips!!! A good foundation is sooo important. When I was going through my break crisis I tend to leave heavy foundation out but that was only because I couldnt find one that wouldnt break me out until I started using my maybelline fit me stick foundation not to mention actually cleaning my brushes lol. I love that stick foundation and the concealer so I know this one will be great addition!

    Jasmine 🙂

    • Yes! Cetaphil is the best drugstore product I ever tried! So amazing and never irritates my skin!

      What type of foundation did you use instead of a heavy one? I’ve heard some people simply apply a BB or CC cream and cover it with a compact powder for those days when their skin doesn’t feel its best.

      Also, I totally agree with you that cleaning your brushes is a MAJOR thing you need to do when you are having any skin problems.

      • Color U Bold

        I use the maybelline fit me stick foundation. I dont roll it on my face as they mention though I use a stippling brush it gives off a more natural look and I really love it 🙂

  • Hollie

    all i can say is i love this post and also you really are an amazing young lady xx

  • You are a natural beauty, Katya, absolutely gorgeous without a touch of makeup on your face. I love the tip of applying the red lipstick first to check the redness around the face. Great job!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thanks so much, Shireen! I had no other options than to invent this lip color tip. For real, my breakouts are disastrous, but I am trying to stay positive and experiment with various beauty products. xoxo

  • rae

    Great tips and awesome post! Your skin looks incredible in the after shot and to be honest, even in the before your skin is very nice. I am also going through a bit of a rough patch with my skin. My problem tends to be that my skin just hates all foundations and breaks out after trying them. It kind of sucks because I would love to do a flawless face that doesn’t break me out!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • I feel your pain, Rae! The worst part is that I rarely had breakouts when I was a teenager, and I have no idea what changed now, in my late twenties, that I am back to my acne skincare…

      Some people prefer using BB and CC creams instead of foundation when they have a rough time with their skin. Did you try any of those? Perhaps, those can make all the difference for you…

  • GoFashiondeals

    Great tips!!! You look gorgeous! Love the lip color!!

  • I really need to pick up another one of the L’oreal Lumis again. I loved it last time I had it. You look lovely! I do the same thing with my lip products sometimes. I think it can really help you seen the look you want to achieve. 🙂

    • Yes! Some people say that you have to apply lipstick at the end, but I do it first even when my skin is in a perfect condition. It just makes everything so much easier!

  • Love this tutorial! Now, I need to check out Maybelline’s Better Skin Foundation 🙂

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  • Spectacular tips! Your point about prepping damaged skin for makeup seems so obvious but is a total revelation. I don’t treat my skin any differently going into my makeup routine, regardless of whether it’s in good shape or in disrepair. I definitely need to keep your words in mind. I also love your trick of keeping the focus on the eyes and lips, distracting attention from any skin imperfections. So smart! Thanks for this!

    <3 Liz

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  • Wow, what a detailed post! And you did a really great job in the breakouts!


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  • Such a pretty makeup look on you! Stunning and I love the red lip! xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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