Bad skin days are something we all suffer once in a while, but looking at the red carpet you would be hard pressed to believe that problem skin is ever a problem that these ladies have to deal with.

In fact, Hilary Swank, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Megan Fox and Cameron Diaz are just a few big names who have had to brave the cameras in the midst of a nasty break-out.

Thankfully, cosmetics companies have wised up to the need for make-up that both conceals and treats pesky blemishes at the same time and with a bit of regular maintenance and forward planning you should never be caught looking anything less than camera ready. Here’s how to fake it ‘till you make it.

Start by committing to taking a regular multivitamin for your skin. I love Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement.

Invest in a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush with an Acne Cleansing Brush Head and Clarifying Cleanser.

Stop using liquid sunscreen and switch to mineral powders. I swear by Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Spf 15.

Look for double duty make-up and use it – but lightly. The trick is to make the most of the good, clear skin and keep any heavy coverage to the problem areas.

Prep the skin with a calming anti-acne primer like Colorescience PRO Let Me Be Clear Primer for Problem Skin or Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment.

Use a foundation that reduces redness, like Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation which also contains probiotics.

If you do have blemishes, using a clean make-up brush, apply concealer onto problem areas blending gently outwards. Try Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and Jane Iredale Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer.

Finally set it all with a powder like Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and a spritz of Fix + from M.A.C..

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