Four Foundations for Blemished Skin

With June being Acne Awareness month, I thought I’d write a few blog posts over the next few weeks dedicated to help those of us struggling with not-so-perfect skin (myself very much included). Acne is something I have struggled with for years, and if I’m honest, there was a point where I was so embarrassed to even admit that it was something I suffered from. Not that I could hide it – growing up was all about seeing how well makeup could mask my skin rather than a way to give me confidence and enhance the features that I actually am proud of. I went through phases of caked makeup, piling foundation with heavy dustings of powder and layering three different concealers – anything that would help cover up those unsightly blemishes appearing on my cheeks, jawline and forehead. 

Over the years I’ve found different foundations which helped cover the blemishes without further clogging my pores and aggravating more breakouts. From my experience, blemished skin isn’t a skin type on its own – rather it falls into the skin types we hear about all the time: dry skin, combination skin or oily skin. It was news to me as well. I thought that acne prone skin meant that it was definitely oily, but that is definitely not the case. As foundation is the base of all makeup, it’s absolutely essential to get it right and buy one which is suitable for your skin type. That’s why I’ve picked out my top four foundations for blemished skin with formulas for each skin type. So whether you have dry skin, combination skin or oily skin – I’ve got you covered (excuse the pun).


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – this is possibly my holy grail foundation as I suffer from very dry skin. The coverage is medium but buildable and you can really work up to a flawless coverage, particularly with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on areas which need it. It’s just as the name suggests – very glowy – so it gives the hydrated healthy skin look that any dry skin type needs whilst still providing decent coverage for blemished skin.


Vichy Dermablend Foundation* – this is a very liquid-y foundation which gives an unexpectedly high amount of coverage for such a lightweight formula. I find that this would work for both dry and oily skin types in giving very high coverage without looking (or feeling) heavy.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation – you probably all know that Charlotte Tilbury is one of my all time favourite makeup brands and I was very excited when this foundation was first released. I had heard mixed reviews about it but I actually quite like it – I think it’s medium buildable coverage with a heavier texture than the NARS Sheer Glow and Vichy Dermablend – definitely good for the combination/oilier skin types.


Dior Skin Forever  Foundation – I wrote a whole review on this foundation here, but this one is a gorgeous option for oilier skin. It has a lovely satin finish which helps keep shine at bay with very good coverage. It’s long lasting (as the name suggests) and lightweight. I find it to be a great all-year-round base as it works well across the seasons, both in the summer and winter. 

You might have noticed that all four of the foundations that I’ve featured in this post are on the luxury side but I’ve found that the higher priced foundations tend to have better ingredients and so better results. However, if you’d like to see a drugstore version then please let me know in the comments! 

Have you got any high coverage foundation recommendations?

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