Make-up tips for people with sensitive or blemish-prone skin

Nailing picture-perfect glam can be tricky if your skin errs on the side of being sensitive, red or blemish prone. So, we’ve gone straight to beauty expert Jade Kisnorbo to get the down low on how to keep your glow game strong.

Sensitive skin can be like a rollercoaster – even seemingly innocent changes in the weather, or switches in skincare, can turn into a wild ride.

Beauty guru and celebrity make-up artist Jade Kisnorbo says there’s no need to stress. With the right know-how and a little gentle TLC, you, too, can flaunt a flawless glow.

These are her tried-and-true hacks and product recommendations for sensitive and redness-prone skin types.

1. Prep, Prep, Prep!

Prepping your skin for make-up is like setting the stage for a performance, Jade says.

“It’s not just about make-up, but about creating the perfect canvas,” she says.

While a gentle hydrating moisturiser is important, Jade recommends going lightly.

“If you over-moisturise, everything you’re about to do next won’t stay in place.”

2. The magic of colour correcting

Colour correcting is the secret weapon in your make-up arsenal if you’re prone to blemishes. Jade says colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel cancel each other out.

“So, for redness use green, purple will minimise yellow tones, and orange concealer is good for dark spots or dark circles,” she says.

3. The art of layering

Another top tip from Jade is to ‘layer’ your concealer.

“And by that, I mean just to pat it on around the spot or the redness and then to layer a little more on, blending it in so that you can’t see where it starts or it stops,” she explains.

4. Apply a light foundation

When it comes to foundation for sensitive skin, less can be more, the make-up guru says.

“You’re going to want something that works all day and gives you longevity. A compact powder and sponge or a loose powder foundation can work really well,” she reveals.

“Simply buff onto the skin in light, circular motions, starting at the centre of the face and working outwards.”

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Even better, the mineral powder is also enriched with natural ingredients including the native Australian Kakadu Plum1, known for its abundant vitamin C content, jojoba esters2 to nourish the skin and Kaolin clay to absorb oil.

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In user trials*, nine out of 10 people agreed that Natural Mineral Cover Foundation helps cover redness, minimise blemishes and even out complexion, and eight out of 10 women found it helps to reduce pores and control oil and shine.

The Perfecting Primer Correct and Even instantly neutralises redness and counteracts the appearance of dark spots, while providing a smooth base for make-up application. The velvety green formula blends seamlessly into the skin, delivering a satin-matte finish and helping extend make-up wear. It’s enriched with active natural ingredients, including native Australian Kakadu Plum and Lilly Pilly, known to nourish and provide antioxidant defence, while olive oil and vitamin E calm and soothe stressed skin.

So, there you have it. Make-up isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. With a little TLC, your sensitive or blemish prone skin can be exactly the canvas you’re looking for.


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*based on independent user study of 50 women3

1 Zhou Y et al. Bioactive Properties of Kakadu Plum-Blended Products, 2023. Molecules. Retrieved August 2023 from *Funded by the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods.
2 Meyer J et al. Evaluation of additive effects of hydrolysed Jojoba esters and glycerol: a preliminary study. 2008. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Retrieved August 2023 from
3 28 day single-placement, in-home user study of 50 participants conducted by an independent research agency, Ayton Global Research.