Makeup Picks For Problem Skin Days

If you've ever read one of my skincare related blog posts before then I'm sure you've seen me mention that I do have quite problematic skin, I'm currently having a battle with my chin as I write this because I have a cluster of hormonal spots which don't seem to want to go away anytime soon, ugh. So I thought I'd do a blog post about my affordable makeup picks for problem skin days. 

First up is the NYX Pore Filler RRP £11* which I have been using for just over a month now. But this has kind of been my go-to primer as of late anyway, it does exactly as it says and fills in any open pores and smoothes out the skin nicely. The application is a little messy because it seems to come out of the tube in a lumpy way but the product itself is fab. For a cheaper primer I also really like the Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating Primer RRP £4.99 which mattifies all of your oily areas and then adds a nice glow to your cheeks and gives you a nice radiant look.

Next up is the foundation and this may sound a little OTT but I have 3 foundations which I go to when my skin is acting up. It kind of depends on the actual breakout and how much coverage I want, so for Light-Medium coverage I like the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation RRP £8.99 which is great for minimal breakouts or breakouts which are calming down and it controls oiliness as well.

If I'm dealing with a hormonal breakout or if my skin has had a reaction to something etc then I like The Body Shop Matte Clay Clarifying Foundation RRP £10* because it contains tea tree oil and it really controls any oiliness, plus there's a lot of shades to choose from and lastly I really like the Revlon Colourstay for Oily/Combination Skin RRP £12.99 which I've heard is basically the drugstore dupe to the Estee Lauder Double Wear, I personally can't say whether I think it is because I've never tried the Double Wear but it is more of a thicker consistency and I find you don't have to use a lot to get a good amount of coverage.

For Concealer I do tend to go for the obvious one which is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer RRP £4.19 in either the Fair shade or the correcting Lemon shade (I find sometimes the Fair shade seems to be a little clingy and the Lemon shade is more creamier). I also picked up the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint RRP £5.49 recently which is basically a dupe to the Benefit Boi-ing. It's very heavy duty and is aimed at covering up dark circles but it's nice and creamy and doesn't cling to spots and it's also got a good little mirror inside too, so it's a good one for travelling.

I own so many powders but my favourite is a complete steal and I find it works the best for my oily skin and it's the Collection Primed and Ready Invisible Setting Powder RRP £3.99. I've never almost hit pan on a powder before but I almost have with this. It's so lightweight on the skin and just keeps everything in place. For loose powder, I like the Element Vegan Cosmetics Loose Powder in the shade Quartz RRP £10* which again is really lightweight and my skin feels as if it can still breathe. 

I also have a few little tips which I like to go by when I'm dealing with problem skin - 

If I'm breaking out on my forehead I'll do a bolder lip and if I'm breaking out on my chin then I'll go a little more out for my eye makeup - just so that it kind of draws the attention away from problem areas and I tend to avoid highlighting any areas around present spots too - so say if I have a lovely big old spot on my nose, then I won't highlight the tip of my nose. I also apply my concealer first when I have quite noticeable spots too as I find that the concealer stays put for a longer amount of time.

Hope you liked this post and enjoyed reading it! 

What do you do when your skin is acting up?

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  1. I live for the revelon colour stay! I prefer it to double wear, found that one too heavy and cracked so easily.
    What eye shadow pallet is that?

    1. I love Revlon Colorstay too! It's definitely the best full coverage foundation from the drugstore. The eyeshadow palette is from a brand called Belles Beauty but I'm not sure they are still up and running but I've found the palette on amazon here -

      it's the same palette and has almost 5 stars. It's really good! x

  2. I really like the collection cosmetics, I haven't tried the lemon shade yet but I'm going to have a look for it next time I'm in superdrug! Thanks for the tips!.
    Charlie |

    1. Me too! I think I prefer the Lemon over the Fair at the minute and it's a bit lighter too :) x

  3. That's an eyehadow palette from Smashit Cosmetics right? At least it look exactly the same as the one I have :) Love the L'oreal Infallible Matte foundation too for my oily and acne prone skin :) Just need to get it in a darker shade as well since the current shade I have is just a little too light for me.

  4. The Revlon Colorstay is brilliant for a drugstore foundation, I love how much coverage it gives!

    Emily xo

  5. That eyeshadow palette is beautiful. This is such a lovely post. I love the tips about drawing attention away from break outs and your product shots!

    Kenisha -