The 8 Best Foundations and Concealers for Acne-Prone Skin

1/9 Alyssa Zolna

If you’re sick of feeling like a braces-faced, Justin Bieber-loving tween, you’re not alone. In fact, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., and it affects a whopping 40 to 50 million Americans each year. But while it might be difficult to pin down a skin-care treatment that totally clears your breakouts, you can hide the bumps while you're figuring out what works for you.

“The key is to look for buildable, oil-free formulas that are lightweight and don’t sit on the skin,” says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. “Avoid anything too shine-inducing that can accentuate bumps but also anything too overly matte, which can make the skin look dead and flat.” So what are the best foundations and concealers out there to camoflauge your acne-prone skin while at the same time giving it the space it needs to breathe, recover, and ultimately heal? We asked makeup artists to share the top ones that promise serious coverage. 

2/9 L'Oreal
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

With 33 different shades to choose from, you’re bound to find the right color for your skin tone. “It’s free of fillers, oils, and fragrance, so you’re left with an easy-to-blend formula that offers natural coverage without clogging pores,” says Vanessa Ungaro, makeup artist and hairstylist at LAUREN+VANESSA salon in New York City. Bonus: It’s made with vitamins A and C, wheat germ, and grapefruit extract to nourish your skin.

Buy it: $11, drugstore.com

3/9 Tarte
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

This full-coverage liquid formula offers a creaminess that won’t sink into facial creases or flake. It’s made from maracuja oil, a light, moisturizing emollient that comes from the seeds of the passion fruit, and antioxidants that work to reawaken dull, dried-out skin. It comes in an array of shades that match with all different kinds of skin tones and undertones, and it's waterproof, so there’s no need to worry about it wearing off while you go about your day. 

Buy it: $25, sephora.com

4/9 Sonia Kashuk
Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation

Especially in the winter, the hunt is on for anything that promises to brighten a dull complexion without producing an artificial or orange hue. And if you're acne-prone, it’s important to find a formula containing some kind of moisturizing complex that won't excerbate irritation from pimple treatments. “I created this luminous foundation with a yellow base so it could neutralize any redness caused by inflammation or dry skin,” says Kashuk. “It leaves the skin looking fresh and dewy without being too heavy and restricting on pores.”

Buy it: $11, target.com

5/9 Make Up For Ever
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

When it comes to blemishes, you need a product that’s going to last all day—from before you take your first sip of coffee until you wash your face at night. That’s where Make Up Forever’s ultra long-lasting concealer comes in handy. “It covers your imperfections and is budge-proof so you don’t have to worry about taking mini-bathroom breaks to check your makeup throughout the day,” says Ungaro.

Buy it: $32, sephora.com

6/9 Eve Lom
Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil-Free Foundation

If you don’t mind doling out a little extra, you’ll be very satisfied with this fusion formula of both skin-care and makeup ingredients. Its secret agent is the powerful antioxidant berry flux vita, which comes from raspberry stem cells. It not only hydrates the skin, but absorbs excess grease, too.

Buy it: $50, neimanmarcus.com

7/9 Hourglass
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer

Whether you’re applying makeup by your bedroom vanity table or mid-commute (at least rush-hour traffic can be good for something!), this creamy, weightless stick should be your go-to. It blends flawlessly into your skin and provide long-lasting coverage—and it does so without harmful chemicals that aggravate breakouts. “It’s enriched with vitamin E, so it nourishes and heals throughout the day,” says Ungaro.

Buy it: $32, sephora.com

8/9 Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

This foundation comes in 20 hues, so it's a breeze to find one that works for you. In addition to applying killer coverage, this formula also promises to minimize the appearance of pores—a definite perk! You can use either on breakouts only or as a full foundation on your whole face.

Buy it: $48, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

9/9 NUDESTIX
NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil

Sometimes you only have a few breakout areas here and there that you want to cover up, and that’s when a fine-tip pencil really comes in handy. “You can draw right over your blemishes and spots easily, and it gives great coverage for your under-eye area—goodbye, dark circles,” says Ungaro. And thanks to its conditioning ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E, it provides a moisturizing layer with a barely there finish.

Buy it: $24, sephora.com
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