I’ve never had flawless skin. Since the age of 13 I have suffered from constant outbreaks of acne, and as I have gotten older, this has progressed to rosacea, broken capillaries, pitted acne scars, you name it. My niece, on the other hand, has the skin of a Greek goddess. Perfect, peachy, smooth and without a single blemish.
But with my flawed skin comes a wealth of knowledge on the best products to cover it up. From oil control powders, to one spot wonders, from colour correcting creams, to matt mousses. You name it, at one point I’ve most definitely tried it. So if you have any type of problem skin, and want to know the best product to deal with it, have a look down my list:
1. All Purpose Cover-Up
I’ll never forget walking past a Benefit counter in Debenhams one day and the assistant snatching me and literally forcing me down in the chair, saying ‘I can help with your skin!’ And although at the time I was a little perturbed to be singled out so roughly, she certainly did help me.
The product she used was a powder called ‘hello flawless!’, designed to be a powder cover-up with SPF 15, and comes in 10 different skin shades. Costs £25.50 but you need so little, and you can use the powder for everything. An all over shine control, a colour corrector, a spot cover-up, apply to any blemish or an all over sheer foundation. Amazing product from Benefit.
2. Colour Corrector
Most people if they see redness, dull skin, dark circles under the eyes, or broken capillaries, head straight for the foundation, but the trick is to use a colour correcting primer that sorts out the problem before the foundation stage.
For redness, choose a green-based primer, such as my all time favourite, Boots No.7 Colour Calming Primer £10.75, it covers a multitude of sins, from red veins, blushing, and weather beaten faces. It can also be dabbed onto angry red spots as an instant fix. For people who have dark circles under their eyes, try a yellow-based corrector as this combats blue and purple tones.
My usual suspect is the excellent L’Oréal Paris Studio Secret Anti-Dull Skin, just £9.99 from Amazon.
3. Oil Control
Combination skin and the dreaded T-zone have been the bane of my life since I was 13. However, one good thing about having oily skin is that I do not have too many wrinkles, now that I am into my late 40’s. I still have to control the oily sheen on my face however, that appears literally within minutes of having washed. My favourite product, without a doubt, are powder sheets of paper, which you simply tear off a small booklet and wipe across your face. The sheet retains the oil and the powder stays on your face, keeping the shine at bay.
I use Palladio Rice Papers from Amazon that cost £4.19 and last forever. You pop them in your handbag and use whenever you need them.
4. Spot Cover-up
There’s nothing worse than getting a big red spot minutes before you are due to head out somewhere nice. But it is no good merely concealing the spot, you should treat it as well.
This Tea Tree Concealer from The Body Shop does just that, at £7.00 it is a nifty push up stick and comes in two colours. light and medium. It won’t over-dry your skin and works to reduce the spot while concealing it at the same time.
Clinique call their Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder – ‘Mellow Yellow’, as it instantly mellows out the redness caused by rosacea.
Retailing at £25.50, this loose mineral powder glides on and immediately banishes the redness associated with broken capillaries and rosacea. The powder is oil-free, talc-free and contains powerful antioxidants.