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makeup for acne

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for makeup for acne.

Acne is a common skin condition that can affect any area of the face, but it's most common on the cheeks. But there are some things you can do to hide them and keep your face clear. Here are some makeup products that can help with acne.

CLINIQUEAcne Solutions™ Liquid Makeup Foundation

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1237213

Color: Fresh Alabaster

1.6K Reviews

$31.00

NO MORE ZITS!!...I'm 32 and until I found this lightweight, perfect color match foundation for acne, I ALWAYS had some kind of bad acne. Like, cystic acne. ...I still recommend this if you want to wear a liquid foundation and you have issues with oily skin, break outs, acne, and sensitive skin.

Coverage:
✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

Finish:
✔ Matte

What it is:
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a skin-clearing makeup with salicylic acid. Helps cover, clear, and prevent blemishes. Oil-free.

bareMineralsMatte Loose Powder Mineral Foundation SPF 15 

Size: 0.2 oz/ 6 g·ITEM: 1922699

Color: Tan Nude 17 - for medium-tan warm skin with golden undertones

7.8K Reviews

$35.00

everything makes me break out, except this!...This covers nicely, blends well, and I have slept in it before...with no breakouts. It is worth every penny!...Not only does it cover well and leaves my skin looking soft and even but it has helped me significantly to reduce breakouts in my face. I used proactive and a bunch of other products to control my acne and they kind of worked but the breakouts always came back.

What it is: A clean, loose mineral foundation that delivers buildable sheer-to-full coverage with a matte finish while helping to control excess oil.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Loose Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide: Provides mineral-based SPF protection.
- Silica/Calcium Silicate and Lauroyl Lysine: Provide a matte finish with a silky, soft-skin feel and helps controls oil.
- Iron Oxides: Provides clean, mineral-based pigments for natural-looking color and coverage.

lilah b.Bronzed Beauty™ Bronzer Duo

Size: 0.32 oz/ 9 g·ITEM: 1978345

Color: b. sunkissed - bronze

63 Reviews

$42.00

This is a very good bronzer for people with fair skin and for people looking for a good "no makeup-makeup" bronzer....The packaging is very heavy so I wouldn't recommend traveling with it due to the fear of it breaking other products in your makeup bag, BUT the bronzer is gorgeous and will work for my skin tone all year due to the two tones.

What it is: A brightening spot treatment to help restore skin tone and visibly fade any lingering marks.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hexylresorcinol: Helps reduce excess oil and refine breakout-prone skin.
- Carob Fruit Extract and Squalane: Restore and nourish compromised skin.
- Salicylic Acid: Gently exfoliates and helps visibly even skin tone.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.

La MerThe Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2000032

Color: 440 Amber - Deep Skin with Warm Undertone

375 Reviews

$135.00

I am more on the normal-dry side with acne prone skin, and haven't noticed any breakouts caused from this. ...My skin has eczema break outs sometimes but I don’t like to go super full coverage in general so I prefer foundations that are medium but also good for your skin.

What it is: A weightless, natural looking foundation with buildable coverage for luxurious, long wear.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 20

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, coal tar, hydroquinone, and triclosan.

What Else You Need to Know: This silky, lightweight formula helps maintain balance and provides buildable coverage. It leaves skin is visibly plumped with hydration.

tarteMaracuja Creaseless Undereye Concealer

ITEM: 2094464

Color: 55H Rich Honey - deeper skin with peach undertones

1.9K Reviews

$27.00

This product is very thick and feels very oily at first but once blended out, its perfect. does not cause break outs and really is creaseless...NOT GOOD FOR ACNE COVERAGE...However, this is NOT a good concealer to cover pimples or zits. This concealer ends up covering everywhere around you pimple just not in it.

What it is: A vegan, full-coverage, creamy under-eye concealer with 30 shades and a new applicator that’s totally foolproof—you don’t need a lot, just one dot.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Maracuja: Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C for firmer, brighter, smoother-looking skin, and exceptional hydration.
- Vitamin C: Provides antioxidant benefits and fights free radicals to diminish visible, premature signs of aging, while brightening skin.
- Vitamin E: A natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.

SmashboxStudio Skin Flawless Oil-Free 24 Hour Concealer

Size: 0.27 oz/ 8 ml·ITEM: 2176527

Color: Deep Warm

737 Reviews

$29.00

It dries basically the second you put it on your face and is very difficult to blend (have tried with my finger, beauty blender and brush). Covering zits is a nightmare with this product, as the quick drying makes it difficult to actually cover the part of the zit you want hidden. ...Love this concealer! Hides all my pimples and dark spots perfectly, I don’t even need foundation to add on top.

What it is: A 24-hour, creamy concealer with buildable coverage that color-corrects under-eye circles and conceals without creasing or settling into fine lines.

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Cream

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

Bobbi BrownSkin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2191724

Color: Cool Chestnut (C-106) - rich brown with red-blue undertones for rich skin

2.6K Reviews

$50.00

Weightless, flawless, great for those with uneven skintone, redness, dark spot. But not friendly to acnes skin and not blurring pores...But it caused the worst breakouts. Small pimples along my nose and cystic acne bumps on my chin.

What it is: A long-wearing foundation with a buildable oil-free formula that delivers undetectable coverage, broad-spectrum UV protection, and a hydrated glow for a natural finish.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Natural

SPF: SPF 15

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Glycerin

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and triclosan. It is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Lightweight and water-based, Skin Foundation quickly helps plump, moisturize, and boost skin’s glow. Sustained hydration keeps skin looking and feeling fresh and ensures that color stays true all day.

lilah b.Glisten + Glow™ Highlighting Skin Illuminator

Size: 0.08 oz/ 2.5 ml·ITEM: 2281988

Color: b. captivating - 0.08 oz/ 2.5 ml

36 Reviews

$32.00

i love how it has skincare ingredients so it helps my adult acne skin! a little goes a long way and gives off the most beautiful natural glow!...This highlighter is perfect for every day wear - I absolutely love the subtle "sweaty" look it gives. Think no-makeup makeup looks. If you are used to more glittery out-there highlighters (which I totally love as well, just not for every day), this isn't the formula for you.

What it is: A skin-refining, lightweight jelly moisturizer for oily skin that gives all the dewy glow, none of the shine.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Bioflavonoid Complex: Helps reduce excess oil and refines breakout-prone skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Locks in moisture to hydrate skin.
- Blue Tansy Flower and Blueberry Extract: Calm and soothe skin while providing antioxidant benefits.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and triclosan.

SmashboxHalo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1.4 fl oz/ 40mL·ITEM: 2376648

Color: Light Neutral - Light with a neutral undertone

611 Reviews

$39.00

It keeps my skin protected while also covering some of my acne scaring. I have not broken out from using it and I love the glow it gives my complexion....It was the perfect coverage for a hot summer day. I did have some acne breakout after using, but that could be due to the fact that I haven't been wearing any makeup these past few months.

What it is: An all-in-one, SPF primer-infused tinted moisturizer with lightweight, natural-looking dewy coverage that hydrates skin for up to 24 hours.

Coverage:
Light

Finish: Natural

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

SPF: SPF 30 and Under

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.

MERITDay Glow Dewy Highlighting Balm

ITEM: 2567287

Color: Citrine - soft gold

401 Reviews

$30.00

Weirdly Caused A Breakout...On day 4 they’re full blown zits and I can’t remember the last time I had zits on my cheeks, but it was the only spot I put this highlighter so it must be the cause. ...I'm only giving this 1 star off because I think it made me break out after the first use. Not sure what ingredient it was, but hopefully they Merit can look into whether or not some of their ingredients cause breakouts for sensitive skin types?

What it is: A sheer, lightweight moisturizing highlighter made for daytime wear that visibly illuminates your skin for a dewy glow with zero sparkle.

Coverage: Light

Finish:
Radiant

Formulation:
Stick

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Plant-Based Squalane: Locks in hydration, conditions skin, and supports elasticity.
- Olive Fruit Oil: Nourishes skin with monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E.
- Phytosterol and Amino Acid Blend: Minimizes moisture loss and supports a healthy skin barrier.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

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