From Acne to GLOW: Makeup Artist Reveals 4 Simple Steps to Get Blemish-Free, Glowing Skin

As a makeup artist, licensed aesthetician and specialist in glow, I am often asked what it takes to get GLOW. There are two main components of glow:

  • Firstly, it is skin texture; the overall smoothness and softness of the skin.
  • Secondly it is complexion which is largely influenced by genes, diet and lifestyle (in particular if you avoid smoking or drinking).
In this article, I will focus first on texture and color as I recently went through a bad bout of breakouts that wrecked my glow no matter how much foundation I put on. This is how I went from acne to glow! In my line of work as a makeup artist, I am constantly bombarded with marketing pushing the latest fad product to stop acne. However, if you look at a dermatologist’s warchest¹, there are only a couple tools that they have used for decades to handle virtually every type of acne ranging from regular breakouts, stress breakouts, hormonal breakouts, etc. Using their experience and decades of research, I came up with a simple 4-step process that will get you the texture and color for amazing glow:
  1. Wash your face twice per day.

    As basic as it sounds, many people get it wrong. For clear skin, you only need to wash once in the morning and once at night. Do not overwash as you will strip away oils and force your skin to overproduce sebum. Choose a cleanser that is gentle on your skin. The Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is an excellent wash suitable for all but the most oily skin types.
  1. Shrink the visibility of pores with Toner.

    Both morning and evening, I apply toner after I wash my face as it balances the pH of my skin and reduces the visibility of my pores. Choose a toner which has little or no alcohol as you do not want to dehydrate your skin (thereby weakening your skin’s complexion). Clearly offers a gentle alcohol-free toner which uses witch hazel, cucumber and rose water.
  1. Heavy hitter for smooth texture.

    The Clear Out contains medical grade retinol and AZA … two often used tools in a dermie’s warchest. As the name suggests, it gets inside the pore to flush out dead skin and clogs. With the clogs removed, pimples occur less frequently and even if they do, the breakouts are less intense. Additionally, the Clear Out will give you a perpetual facial, sloughing off dull dead skin and leaving your face dewy fresh. The Clear Out is a must-have product for amazing GLOW.
  • Why not use a clay mask, scrub or peel instead?

    Because they are NOT left on LONG ENOUGH to penetrate into the pore². I have all tried these products yet they have done little to clear clogs and breakouts. In order to be effective at clearing clogs, opt for a lotion that can be left on overnight where it has time to penetrate into the pore.
  1. Getting rid of post-acne marks.

    As a woman of color, my post-acne red marks always pick up pigmentation when exposed to UV. The Lighten Up has really helped reduce the appearance of these post-acne marks so that there is less chances that these red marks would get exposed to UV light and collect stubborn brown pigmentation. I haven’t come across a product as effective as the Lighten Up … it has significantly reduced the need for concealer.
"Use this simple 4-step process consistently and within two months, you'll get your skin to a happy-place."
As a reminder during the day, make sure to apply non-comedogenic sunblock with SPF35 or higher as you should always protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays!

@brittaneyshanae is a full-time makeup artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a specialist in glow and also runs the Instagram page @beautybybrittaneyshanae. Use the coupon code GODDESSGLOW to get 10% off any item in the clearly basics eStore.
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So the difference between the two pics is, my face is slimmer (woo! 💪🏽) and LOOK AT MY SKIN!! The first picture is March 11 and the second is TODAY! The ONLY product that I've been using on my skin is @clearlybasics ! I swear the Power Duo (Clear Out and Lighten Up) are a GOD-send! • • I've been using both consistently for 3 months now and my skin has NEVER looked or felt better! I haven't experienced a breakout since March and more than 80% of my hyperpigmentation is GONE! • • I'm so grateful to have finally found a product that actually works for my skin! • • If you're dealing with acne breakouts and hyperpigmentation, you should def research Clearly Basics. • • If you decide to buy, use my coupon code: GODDESSGLOW #acnetoGLOW #clearlybasic #acnescars #skin #skincare #acnesystem #esthetician

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Angela Milliken-Tull
Skin Type: Combination
Comments: Does not appear to cause any problems if suffering from rosacea. Too early to say if it improves this condtion.
After 4 decades of acne have I found a soloution?

I am a week into using Clear Out and so far everything I expected to happen has taken place. With 4 decades of mild but persistent acne I'm certainly committed to giving this a few months to (hopefully) work it's magic. So far I can almost see my pores clearing. This does mean, as I expected more spots appearing but if this means they are finally leaving than lurking under my skin to keep making an appearance every few weeks or months I'm happy with that. I also have some rosacea across my cheeks so was worried that it might become worse, however, the spots that more recently have been appearing alongside the redness appear to be reacting in the same way as other acne type spots. I experienced a little dryness around my eye sockets as I had applied too much product in this area but within a few days this disappeared. It's early days but I'm feeling hopeful and positive and an acne free middle age is certainly very welcome! I am now considering purchasing additional products for cleaning and brown patch treatment. Will update my journey in a couple of months.

Skin Type: Combination
All I can say is wow

Got all the acne products on a whim and they did not disappoint! I have noticed such a difference in the texture of my skin. I have tried so many acne products and felt like nothing was working. The clearly basics range has lasted me soooooo long and I saw results in just 3 weeks! Really happy with my experience, I would highly recommend those with acne to try this brand. Love it!

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Chuan Ling T.

Adult acne is a new thing for me- I’ve had clear skin growing up so the outbreaks were very stressful! I did everything and anything I could, from watching YouTube reviews, trying out cult products to professional advice, but nothing quite did the job. So how the power duo panned out for me was definitely a pleasant (-ly hugeeee) surprise. I do acknowledge that my acne challenges are not on the extremely severe end, but I must say, emotionally the positive outcome of using both the power duo encouraged me to wear my skin as it is again. It’s really worthwhile trying as it is also a no fuss duo; hence the currently gild of my staple skincare products.

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Kimberly C.

The entire Clearly Basics product line is the only one that has cleared my skin. I tried any product you can think of including doctor prescribed medication and ointment and nothing worked. After having acne for over 15 years I am so happy to have clear, radiant skin!

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Stephanie A.

I am a Nurse and my hormonal acne has really escalated since having to wear the N92 masks daily. Since using the Clearly power duo, I have noticed the outbreaks on my cheeks (where the masks are really tight) are less frequent, and when they do happen,are much less
severe.

I have maybe seen some improvement but nothing amazing yet. Have used the product as instructed, religiously. Will try another bottle and stick to it for a few more months.

I love all of clearly basics! They made my confidence rise because I finally feel comfortable without makeup.
This cleanser is amazing 👏
My skin doesn't feel tight afterwards and now I don't get that mid day shine near as bad.

I love everything from clearly basics! It totally changed my life by clearing my acne. Now they have a new sunscreen and it's great.
It doesn't have a smell or leave your face white or greasy. Best of all it doesn't cause breakouts!

The products are just amazing!! My results in 4 months of using clear out extra strength!!

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Fahrin M.

Been using clearly basics for 3 months now and this is the best results I have seen with any skin care line I have tried for acne. I have converted all my products to clearlybasics and feel a sense of hope after discovering them!

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Sophie C.

Love this product 👏🏽

Works really well! Enjoy using this face wash, never stings or dries out my acne prone skin !

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Emma S.

Worked really well in quite a short amount of time! I now see long lasting results, my skin is healthy and my acne is finally under control! The first product I have tried which works and is actually affordable!

I struggled with lots of painful cystic acne so tried the clear out product. Found by the end of the first bottle a lot of the smaller spots were not coming back and the more painful larger ones were coming back less inflamed. I was happy with the results from the first bottle so I ordered another, this is halfway through the second bottle and can see most of the acne on my cheeks has gone! I still get cystic acne in the T area but it is much less painful than before. Definitely recommend, but takes time to see real results.

Clearly Basics has been an absolute life saver! Not an over night miracle, be patient and stick with it, amazing products

I saw a huge reduction in new pimples and any new pimples scars healed and disappeared a lot quicker

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Anne F.

I have struggled with acne since I was 12 years old. All through my teenage and adult life my skin has been unpredictable and the breakouts have been constant and so frustrating. I’ve tried everything you could imagine but nothing worked reliably. Clear Out and lighten up have been a total game changer for me and I couldn’t be happier with the results

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Sinead C.

I started using clearly basics at the beginning of the year. I have struggled with acne most of my adult life and when I saw a video from a customer on instagram, everything she described is exactly what I had done…had hormonal acne on chin and jaw line in particular. I had been to the doctor, was referred to a dermatologist and had been on medication, tried all sorts of creams and gels with no success.

I cannot believe this actually worked. I would say I saw results within the first month and probably took around 4 months so really clear up. I have continued with using it and now only get the odd spot at that time of the month but use the calm down on it. It has given me my confidence back and now I’m working on reducing the scaring. I use clear out each evening, the TLC in the morning, lighten up twice a day (but that is a small bottle so doesn’t last long) and then have tried both the so fresh and balancing cleansers. For me it really worked so would highly recommend.

Tightens pores and brightens and smoothes skin. This was my first bottle but I will continue to purchase. I use day and night.

I already use CB balancing cleanser and clear out extra strength, two years ago my skin was spotty, blackheads, raw and very visible. I wondered if the TLC would make a difference in my routine but it has, a glow and radiance I didn’t expect. This is no filter I’ve just woke up. I turned 50 this year the clearly basics range is also an amazing anti ageing tool!

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Mamtha J.

Tried every product out there from proactiv to slurp! None worked, they infact aggravated the condition! Tried clearlybasics as last resort and oh boy it works! Worth every penny! First time in 20 years, stepped out without wearing base makeup! Never thought this day would come!

I suffered with acne for years, and when I finally learned to stop the acne I was left with red and brown scars and hyperpigmentation. But I started using the clearly basics Lighten up cream and Dark mark defends, followed by the moisturiser, and I saw a dramatic difference within days! My scars have lightened so much and most of them are gone. I find this moisturiser is also very hydrating but not greasy, it is absorbed into my skin effortlessly, and it wears beautifully under my makeup. I've now been using the products for 6 months and will continue to use it!

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Laura S.

This stuff changed my life!!!!
After reading the reviews I never thought it would work for me in the same way as it had for other people, as my skin was so bad and cystic. But after just a few months of using this and cutting down on dairy, my skin was 10 times better!
I’m still religiously using the Power Duo and don’t think I’ll ever stop 😊

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Leah N.

It's such a relief to finally have found something that works. I've had acne since I was around 11 and like most people, I tried so many different products and 'hacks' to try and get rid of the spots but nothing really helped.
I was hesitant to try clear out because of the price but I was reassured by the money back guarantee.
To be honest, the purging process they warn about was pretty severe for me. Mine lasted for the entire first bottle and I was so ready to give up. I contacted customer service and they offered me a refund or 50% off my next bottle, reassuring me it would be worth sticking with it. I agreed to persevere and I'm so glad I did! About half way through the next bottle I really noticed improvements and by the end, my skin was the clearest it had ever been. I've completely stopped having breakouts and only occasionally get a spot or two during my cycle. Overall my skin is smoother and I have much less redness and a more even skin tone. I keep using clear out nightly to maintain my nice new skin and I'll happily keep buying it knowing how well it works for me!

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Mandy R.

After a few weeks the results were already visible (right photo). Now the red spots are also less visible!!

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