If you suffer from Rosacea or frequently get flushed or red in the face, makeup can be frustrating. Perhaps you don’t like the look or feel of a full-coverage foundation, or maybe full-coverage just won’t cut it. Here are a few simple tips and tricks to cover the redness in your face, without the look of heavy makeup.
First of all, it’s very important to be gentle to your skin when you’re already dealing with redness. Applying excessive pressure to your face can only make matters worse. Use a gentle facial cleanser meant for sensitive skin, and if you’re going to be exfoliating, do so at night before bed, so your skin can have some time to recover overnight. Make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF, as sun exposure can also trigger a flush. And when you’re applying lotions or makeup, make sure to use light pressure. It helps to use a light sponge or makeup brush as opposed to your fingers.
Green cancels out red.
It’s true, and there are many green-tinted products on the market today to help cancel out the redness in your face. Use a green primer (like Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer) under your makeup, but only apply to areas where you have redness. You can also use a green concealer in the same way, but doing so will result in your makeup feeling a bit heavier overall.
Invest in a CC cream.
CC (or Color Correcting) creams have many benefits. They work to balance the color in your face and often offer other benefits, like hydration and antioxidants. They offer light coverage, so the result will look more like natural skin and less like you’re actually wearing makeup. Just make sure you look for a green-based formula CC cream (like Stila Color Correcting Cream).
Use a warm or neutral toned foundation.
You might assume that a cool-based foundation can help mask the appearance of redness, but often the difference is too obvious or your foundation can look muddy or patchy. So reach for a warm or neutral toned foundation which will offer some extra coverage without looking unnatural.
Finish with a Color Correcting Powder.
Another helpful item on the market is Color Correcting Powder (like Physicians Formula Mineral Correcting Powder). This final step can help to correct any persisting redness while locking in your makeup so it wears longer without fading.