For someone with eczema, rosacea or cystic acne, having perfectly clear skin is #lifegoals. You obsess over the bright blemishes and do everything in your power to rid your face of them, and when they persist, you cover them up with an arsenal of cosmetics. Why can’t real life Photoshop exist!? It’s a frustrating and often painful daily battle.
But with beauty bloggers and makeup artists working their magic to transform less than perfect skin into flawless canvases, and posting their tutorials online, there is hope.
Makeup artist Carla Moran is the latest talent to show off her handiwork on Instagram. The clip shows a woman having her severe acne covered with concealer, foundation and powder. It sounds pretty normal to us, but it’s sparked something of a controversy, gaining nearly 500,000 views and over 500 comments in its first week of existence.
The comments section on Instagram is lit up with a whole range of opinions. There’s plenty of praise and thanks from others who fight severe acne, along with many requests for the products used. But, there is also much criticism from those who say that using that much makeup is bad for the skin, as well as lots of suggestions for ways to cure the woman’s acne. Um, did she ask you to weigh-in on her skin condition, Internet?
“Unless you have suffered with painful cystic acne and have spent thousands of dollars trying to deal with it and years of pain and embarrassment, PLEASE STFU,” one user wrote in the comments. “People who suffer like this need to feel good about themselves because the alternative is hiding. Seriously. Just stop.”
And her words were echoed throughout the comments. “I’m going to go ahead and throw it out there that those of us with acne are so tired of hearing what we ‘need’ to do or ‘should’ be doing to make the acne go away. If our acne bothers you, I can promise you it’s bothering us 100x more,” user Alexis Bartoldo added.
While Webmd suggests that “applying layer after layer of cover-up when you have acne isn’t necessarily the best approach,” there are loads of modern products that don’t clog pores like they used to.
“As long as the products that are selected are non-comedogenic and oil free, it is absolutely fine to cover acne with makeup,” Bradley Bloom, MD, told Yahoo.
Moran lists all of the products she used to achieve the nearly Photoshopped look, including MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, LA Girl Cosmetics HD Pro Conceal and Carla Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Powder Foundation. The artist can also be seen using a teardrop shaped sponge (likely a Beauty Blender) to blend the products together, which is a solid takeaway for anyone trying to achieve a flawless look.
“Make sure you are using makeup that is fresh and clean — nothing expired or that smells funny — and no dirty brushes or sponges so that you aren’t spreading bacteria on the skin,” Hadley King, MD, told Teen Vogue.
Sure, going bare-faced is easier than spending hours in front of the bathroom mirror — if we could all be so lucky! — but if someone feels empowered and confident when their skin is made up to look like a perfect magazine spread, all the power to them.