Acne-Prone Skin Makeup

The Best Non-Comedogenic Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin

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As someone with acne-prone skin, there’s always the dilemma of finding that holy grail foundation that doesn’t irritate your skin or clog up your pores. (And as you may know, irritated skin + clogged pores = acne.)

Finding the right makeup is hard enough, the last thing we need is to put on stuff that would aggravate our skin.

When that happens, it perpetuates a horrid cycle of getting acne, trying to cover it with makeup, getting MORE breakouts from using the wrong products, finding ANOTHER product to correct the problem… and before we know it, everything goes to shit and the world is ending. (Ok bit dramatic but if you’re caught in this web, it’s really hard to crawl out of it!)

We want to break this cycle and get it right, from skincare to makeup. PREVENTION is always better than cure.

Using high-quality, NON-COMEDOGENIC products is one of the keys to preventing breakouts.

Non-comedogenic means the product is specially formulated to not clog pores. This is a crucial feature for those with oily skin and/or acne-prone skin.

There is a laundry list of foundations out there, but we’ve curated only the best based on our experience and other consumer reviews.

Make sure to check the Best For: line to see which one is most suited for your needs.

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1. Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation

Best for: All skin types; sheer to full coverage

Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation


Video: How to use Flawless Creator Lightweight Liquid Foundation | Dermablend Professional

Blendable, buildable, customizable.

This minimal-to-full coverage, lightweight foundation comes with a unique dropper that has a high concentration of 33% makeup pigment. This multi-use liquid has a water-free & oil-free formulation that’s weightless and silky in texture. With only 10 ingredients, you get makeup pigment at its purest—and a little goes a long way.

What elevates this from the rest, however, is that it’s a foundation that you can use alone or mix with your favorite skincare (like a moisturizer,  serum, oil, or sunscreen). 1-4 drops create a weightless suspension that provides blendable, buildable coverage. You create your own formulation for a custom foundation finish that can double as skincare. And because you only use so little, this is definitely value for your money.

Set with a loose powder, it wears for up to 16 hours. Use with the Dermablend setting powder for a smudge- and transfer-resistant finish.

Available in a wide variety of true-to-tone, fade-proof shades that’s never cakey or mask-y and provides an even, natural look. Also works very well as a concealer for me.

Dermatologist-tested for safety. Allergy-tested. Sensitive skin-tested.
Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic.
Vegan formula: No animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Formulated without: parabens, fragrance, phthalates, triclosans, sodium lauryl sulfates

Winner: 2018 Allure Best of Beauty Award

Best for: All skin types

Skin Type: All skin types
Formulation: Liquid
Sizes: 1 fl oz/30ml
Packaging: Bottle with dropper
Coverage: Full
Finish: Natural, depends on your custom blend

Key Benefits:

  • Has a concentrated 33% makeup pigment for weightless, customizable coverage
  • Blendable and buildable with a unique silky texture, start with 1 drop for sheer to 4 drops for full coverage
  • Multi-use: can be used as is or blend seamlessly with skincare (moisturizer, serum, oil, or sunscreen)
  • Oil-free and water-free
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Shake well to apply as is. For multi-use, 1-4 drops on the back of your hand or a makeup mixing plate and blend. Apply with your fingers or buff with a brush. Personally, I don’t use a sponge for this because it soaks up product and you’ll always end up needing more drops.
  • For 16-hour wear, finish with a setting powder (or Dermablend setting powder for smudge- and transfer-resistance)

Cons:

  • When starting out with mixing, you’ll need a bit of patience as it’s a trial and error with your skincare. From experience, some combinations worked like a charm (Elta MD), some didn’t.
  • You can add a luminizers or liquid highlighters if you’d like to cut down the matte finish.

2. Clarins Extra-Comfort Foundation SPF 15

Best for: All skin types especially mature, dry or dehydrated skin; medium to full buildable coverage

Clarins Extra-Comfort Foundation SPF 15


Video: Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation & Instant Concealer Demo / Review | Kristina Braly

This anti-aging treatment foundation has compounding benefits that work not only to polish the skin but also to nourish and protect it in the long run. This is an investment piece that helps nurture healthy skin while providing you with a flawless finish.

Organic Argan Oil and its plant-based micropatch boost hydration to increase the skin’s suppleness. Clarin’s age-defying complex smooths fine lines and wrinkles for an even canvas. Another Clarin’s exclusive—a light optimizing complex instantly captures, diffuses, and amplifies light.

All this combined visibly reduces imperfections and leaves your complexion even-looking and youthfully radiant.

This is a cream foundation that’s medium to buildable full. It’s easy to spread, blends beautifully, and sets to a natural, soft-focused finish. Available in 8 shades, ranging from light to olive.

To top it all off, it also provides triple protection from free radicals, pollution, and UV rays.

Dermatologically tested, non-comedogenic.

Best for: All skin types especially mature, dry or dehydrated skin

Skin Type: All skin types, mature skin, dry or dehydrated skin
Formulation: Cream
Sizes: 30 ml
Packaging: Pot/Jar, comes with a small spatula (no contamination and product waste!)
Coverage: Medium to Buildable full (Sheer if you apply it sparingly)
Finish: Soft-focus, natural, satiny

Key Benefits:

  • Helps even out skin tone for a natural-looking finish
  • Nourishes the skin and boosts hydration, leaving it supple to the touch
  • Visible reduces imperfections and smoothens wrinkles and fine lines
  • Triple skin protection from UV rays and other pollutants

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Use your fingers or a foundation brush for a quick, and even application. (Try not to use a sponge as it soaks up too much foundation)
  • Start from the middle of the face towards the outside. From the chin, continue to the nose towards the cheekbones. Finish with the forehead. Blend from the neck to the ears.
  • To set your foundation, use your hands to press down slowly and gently. Start from the inside again, and work your way out.

Additional Benefits:

  • Organic Argan oil nourishes the skin
  • Global Age-Defying Complex smooths wrinkles and fine lines
  • Plant-based micropatch boosts the skin’s hydration
  • Light Optimizing Complex instantly captures, diffuses, and amplifies light for visibly reduced imperfections
  • Triple protection from UV rays, pollution, and free radicals

Cons:

  • Not a wide range of colors, with just 8 that ranges from light to olive
  • The packaging can be messy to travel with, but can easily be resolved if you decant it in a travel container.
  • If you have oily skin, it might not hold up after a few hours, especially during the summer. I’d recommend going with an oil-free and/or mattifying foundation instead. This performs better imo for those on the drier side.
  • It’s a luminous product that may highlight acne scarring if you have any. I’d recommend using a primer first as a heavy-duty filler, before putting this on.
  • It has a pretty strong smell, FYI for those who may be bothered by it.

3. Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

Best for: All skin types; sheer to medium buildable coverage

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation


Video: Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation : REVIEW & DEMO | Goo Roo Beauty

This iconic ultra-lightweight foundation features a unique light-reflecting pigments that give it a soft, luminous glow. Its blend of micro-fine Radiant-Pearl Mica helps to even out skin tone and soften the appearance of wrinkles, pores, and fine lines.

It has a sheer to medium buildable coverage with a stay-true color that flatters the skin’s natural complexion without masking it. The effect is so natural that it feels like it blends and sinks into the skin instead of just sitting on top like most cakey foundations.

It also provides an extra boost of long-lasting hydration and a dewy glow.

It indicates that it’s suited for all skin types. However, from experience, I wouldn’t recommend this for those with very oily skin or have noticeable acne scarring (Opt for matte formulations instead as the light can emphasize textured scarring.) I would recommend this for those with dry to normal skin looking to improve a dull complexion.

Fragrance-free. Talc-free.
Dermatologist-tested. Non-comedogenic.

Best for: All skin types (from experience, would not recommend for very oily skin)

Skin Type: All skin types (From experience, would not recommend for very oily skin)
Formulation: Liquid
Sizes: 1 fl oz/30ml
Packaging: Bottle
Coverage: Sheer to medium buildable
Finish: Soft, luminous

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • If you have any stand out blemishes, just apply a concealer on top and blend out the sides.
  • Make sure to shake well, place a small amount at the back of your hand and apply to your face with a sponge or your fingertips.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have a wide range for different skin tones
  • I have acidic skin, and this oxidises on me. Whenever this happens, I make sure to buy foundation that is one to two shades lighter than normal for a perfect match.
  • From experience, not that great in controlling oil.

4. Too Faced Born This Way Medium-to-Full Coverage Foundation

Best for: Normal to Combination skin, medium to full coverage

Too Faced Born This Way Medium-to-Full Coverage Foundation


Video: BORN THIS WAY | First Impressions | Tati

This cult-favorite oil-free foundation blends in flawlessly to give medium to full coverage. The consistency is a bit creamy, and gives instant coverage with ease. The pump dispenser gives small amounts at a time and allows you to layer as desired.

It’s infused with Alpine Rose to brighten the skin and promote elasticity, as well as coconut water to help replenish the skin’s moisture levels. It also has hyaluronic acid to provide constant skin-balancing hydration for a more youthful appearance. It’s quite hard to find a medium to full coverage foundation that doesn’t dry out and cause dry patches, so this is definitely recommended for those prone to dehydrated skin.

This is a long-wearing foundation that lasts up to 12 hours. It’s photo-friendly as well, with no flashback.

Vegan. Cruelty-free.
Formulated without Gluten and Parabens.

Best for: Normal, Dry, Combination skin

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination skin
Formulation: Liquid
Sizes: 1 fl oz/30ml
Packaging: Bottle
Coverage: Medium to full coverage
Finish: Radiant

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Apply with a sponge, a kabuki brush, or your fingertips. Start from the center of the face and work outwards. Apply additional layers until you’ve achieved your desired coverage.

Key Benefits:

  • Undetectable medium-to-full coverage
  • Infused with coconut water, Alpine Rose, and hyaluronic acid for hydration
  • Long-lasting foundation with 12-hour coverage
  • Has 35 shades, which makes for an easy skin tone match
  • Oil-free, Gluten-free, Paraben-free.
  • Vegan & Cruelty-free.

Cons:

  • From experience, it has a tendency to settle into lines so make sure it’s blended well.
  • For those with very oily skin, this doesn’t have any oil-control
  • Also from experience, it can oxidise on acidic skin. Try getting one that’s one or two shades lighter than your normal foundation color.

5. Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 30, 1 Oz

Best for: All skin types especially with pigmentation issues & acne scarring

Dermablend Cover Creme Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 30


Video: How To Apply Cover Creme Foundation | Full Coverage Foundation Demo | Dermablend Professional

If you’re full coverage all the way, Dermablend’s crème foundation may just be your holy grail.

It’s one of the best full-coverage foundations on the market and one of the rare that provides all-day, non-comedogenic wear. This is formulated for the most sensitive skin and gives all-day hydration with broad-spectrum SPF 30 for the ultimate skin protection.

It has high-concentration, high-performance pigments that perform as well as a cream concealer. It also has a natural finish that glides on evenly, never cakey or mask-y.

When set with the Dermablend setting powder, this can stay for up to 16 hours of consistent smudge- and transfer-resistant color wear. On the downside, it can stick too well that you may need a makeup remover or cleansing oil to take it off fully.

This can also be used as a cream concealer or contour, with maximum coverage to conceal scars, hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, burns, lupus, vilitigo, and other post-operative and post-procedure issues. Though, from experience, not enough to cover dark tattoos. (You can pile it on, but it looks kind of unnatural at that point.)

Dermatologist-tested for safety. Allergy-tested. Sensitive skin-tested.
Non-comedogenic. Non-acnegenic.
Vegan formula: no animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Formulated without: parabens, fragrance, phthalates, triclosans, sodium lauryl sulfates.

Best for: All skin types especially those with scars, hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, burns, lupus, vilitigo, and other port-operative and post-procedure issues

Skin Type: All skin types especially those with pigmentation issues
Formulation: Liquid
Sizes: 28g 1oz
Packaging: Pot/Jar
Coverage: Full (very)
Finish: Natural

Key Benefits:

  • Ultra-coverage for pigmentation and uneven skin issues (scars, hyperpigmentation, birthmarks, burns, lupus, vilitigo, and other port-operative and post-procedure concerns).
  • All day hydration with SPF 30, never cake-y
  • Formulated for sensitive skin
  • Can stay up to 16 hours smudge- and transfer-resistant with Dermablend setting powder

Make-up Artist Tips:

  • Make sure to warm the crème with your fingers by rubbing the product in a circular motion. You can then apply on your desired area.
  • You can then build coverage by adding additional layers until you get your desired look.
  • For 16 hour wear, apply the Dermablend setting powder, leave for 2 minutes, and buff off.
  • Can be used as a concealer and contour by applying a lighter or darker shade.

Cons:

  • From experience, not enough to cover tattoos
  • Can we hard to wash off, make sure you have makeup remover or better yet cleansing oils

Reviews:





The Best Non-Comedogenic Foundations for Acne-Prone Skin Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 4 reviews
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Dermablend foundation

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Oh wow, what a lifesaver! I’ve been looking for a full coverage foundation that won’t break me out (I love you Estée Lauder but man you break me out like a mf). Not so sure about the consistency, but I’m willing to give it go.

Dermablend foundation

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Oh wow, what a lifesaver! I’ve been looking for a full coverage foundation that won’t break me out (I love you Estée Lauder but man you break me out like a mf). Not so sure about the consistency, but I’m willing to give it go.
Been using Clarins for ages and I can’t recommend it enough. I love the finish especially under bright lights.
I went for the Laura Mercier. Sounds like the perfect foundation for a date night with it luminous feature.

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