Makeup to Cover Flushing From Rosacea

Keep redness at bay with the right makeup.
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If you have rosacea, you're no stranger to the redness and flushing that often covers your face. When the redness is severe enough, it can make you look like you've spent a few hours outside in the cold. Makeup effectively conceals flushing, but certain kinds of cosmetics work better than others. You'll have the most luck with powdered mineral makeup. Mineral foundation works well for people with rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It's also lightweight, unlike liquid makeup, so it won't cake on your skin.

Wash your face daily before applying makeup. Use a mild cleanser and warm water to avoid irritating your skin. Gently pat your face dry with a towel.

Apply a sheer, green-tinted primer to your entire face. Blend the primer in well. The green tint will minimize redness, and the primer won't look green when blended in. Use a primer that contains sunscreen so the sun's UV rays don't make your rosacea worse.

Dip a makeup brush into a container of powdered mineral foundation. Dab your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose lightly with the brush, and then smooth the foundation into your skin until it's completely blended in.

Dab a small amount of concealer under your eyes. Gently pat the concealer into your skin. This will cover up under-eye bags and dark circles. If you have redness below your eyes, opt for a green-tinted concealer.

Apply neutral-colored lipstick or gloss. Avoid lipstick that's a shade of red or pink, which will make the flushing more noticeable.

Use a light-colored eyeshadow designed for sensitive skin. Avoid bright colors or jewel tones. Mineral eyeshadow works well.

  • If you have severe rosacea, consult your doctor about the makeup you want to use.
  • If you already have pink or red cheeks, you don't need to use blush. If you do want to apply blush, use one that's sheer or neutral.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.