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Full-coverage foundation can save your skin, particularly from acne, post-acne scars, redness, dark circles or dark spots. We are all bound to experience one of these at some point.
20 May 2022
Full-coverage foundation
Full-coverage foundation

Full-coverage foundation can save your skin, particularly from acne, post-acne scars, redness, dark circles or dark spots. We are all bound to experience one of these at some point.

Full-coverage foundation for skin conditions

Full-coverage foundation can save your skin, particularly from acne, post-acne scars, redness, dark circles or dark spots. We are all bound to have one of these experiences at some point. Coverage foundation not only gives your skin a perfect finish but this must-have makeup product can also conceal some skin conditions like rosacea and vitiligo. Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Dermablend Power Panel member Elizabeth Bahar Houshmand, MD; Rachel Short, Licensed Esthetician and Assistant Vice President of Education and Training for Dermablend Professional; and Chelsea Bice, Dermablend Professional National Makeup Artist & Head of Education for Canada share their expert advice about many specific skin conditions – and how to use full-coverage foundation to your advantage.

Acne and their scars

According to dermatologists: Patients of all ages are concerned about their acne and acne scarring. Knowing about the effective options to help cover up blemishes and stubborn scars is very beneficial. People with acne-prone skin should only be using non-comedogenic and fragrance-free products.

According to the Dermablend pros: A lot of products made to clear acne actually have a drying effect on the skin, therefore it would be best to start with a hydrating product like Insta-Grip™ Jelly Primer, which also addresses post-inflammatory lesions, to prevent foundation from sticking and flaking. Acne-prone skin could benefit from Flawless Creator™ liquid foundation drops because its weightless, oil-free formula provides high-performance pigments that give you total coverage in all the right places. In case of severe acne, our Cover Creme contains 40% pigment combined with SPF 30 that is mineral-based for sun protection and a natural-looking complexion that won’t ever look cakey. Before building and blending, apply the foundation on the back of your hand and warm it up with your fingers for a smooth, seamless result. And if you worry about excess oil or shine, Loose Setting Powder or Compact Setting Powder can help mattify the skin. Flawless Creator, an oil-free option, is an extra light, full-coverage foundation that will smooth your skin without feeling like you’re wearing makeup at all!

Dark spots and dark circles

According to dermatologists: Hyperpigmentation, also known as dark spots or patches of discoloration, are either caused by breakouts, birth control, hormones or sun exposure. Genetics, fatigue, too much screen exposure, allergies and even sun exposure are all factors responsible for dark under-eye circles, which is why wearing SPF all year-round is so important, including in your foundation. While makeup and cosmetics can certainly cover discoloration, it cannot cure dark circles or discoloration. A board-certified dermatologist could look for the ideal treatment based on the causes of your dark spots.

According to the Dermablend pros: Concealing all types of dark spots and discoloration can be done with full-coverage foundation. A product like Smooth Liquid Camo Hydrating Foundation can also help minimize the risk of forming additional spots caused by the sun, since it provides a broad-spectrum mineral-based SPF 25. To neutralize dark circles and spots before thinking about full-coverage foundation, start with a peach or orange colour-corrector.

Keratosis pilaris

Little red bumps on the back of your arms that look like “chicken skin” can be concealed with Dermablend. Wearing short sleeves won’t be a problem.

Redness and rosacea

According to dermatologists: Redness is usually caused by rosacea, eczema, acne and other skin conditions that only board-certified dermatologists can diagnose.

Redness eruptions linked to rosacea are mainly caused by direct sun exposure and too much heat. Those with sensitive skin prone to facial redness should stay away from products that contain phthalates, fragrance, triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate. Dermablend’s products do not use any of these ingredients, are dermatologist-tested, sensitive skin-tested and allergy-tested.

According to the Dermablend pros: People who have been dealing with facial redness for a long time are surprised to see the pink shade disappear when using full-coverage foundation. A dramatic improvement like this can make you self-conscious about your new look, so don’t be shy to add some colour with blush or bronzer before choosing the right shade for you.

All of Dermablend’s products are safe for people dealing with facial redness, but Flawless Creator liquid foundation drops are one of the best options for a full-coverage foundation because of its very few ingredients and weightless finish. For a foundation with sun protection, Smooth Liquid Camo Hydrating Foundation contains a mineral-based SPF 25, which will help prevent redness outbursts caused by the sun.


According to dermatologists: In the past few years, people have become more and more familiar with vitiligo. They have learned that it is a loss of skin pigment and a hereditary auto-immune disease that is not contagious. Light skin areas, which have less pigment, act as a natural sun filter, which is why people with vitiligo are strongly advised to protect their skin with a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. Vitiligo can take a toll on patients. Whether or not they choose to conceal their vitiligo with full coverage foundation is a personal decision. If they do want to wear makeup, any of Dermablend’s products are completely safe for vitiligo patients.

According to the Dermablend pros: If covering vitiligo spots with full-coverage foundation is what you want, Cover Creme is a go-to for those with this skin condition because it contains an essential mineral-based SPF 30. To select a shade, match it to your ideal skin tone. Because it has a high concentration of pigment, warming up this foundation with your fingers on the back of your hand is recommended before tapping it on to build coverage. For a perfect finish that will last for up to 16 hours and to prevent smudging and transfer, apply our original Loose Setting Powder.

Full-coverage foundation tips

Want to build coverage and get a natural-looking finish? Try letting each layer dry for one or two minutes before adding more. Layers will adhere to each other, therefore improving opacity, whether you’re trying to cover dark circles, redness, acne, discoloration, vitiligo or any other skin conditions.

Applying foundation with your fingers directly on the desired area will offer the fullest coverage. Just blend the edges with a sponge or a brush.

When your foundation is covering enough, use a patting or tapping motion instead of a sweeping motion to prevent altering the makeup that is already on.

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