The Best Foundation Makeup for Rosacea

Finding the best foundation makeup for rosacea can be an incredible challenge. Often, the foundations available don’t conceal your redness well enough, or they make your face look flaky or unnatural. Fortunately, there are so many new formulations available that this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Many high-end makeup lines, and some drugstore brands, have come out with fantastic products targeted towards skin with redness. Here are a few helpful tips on how to successfully find the best makeup for your own rosacea, conceal the redness, and still look natural and beautiful.

1. Go Green

It may sound crazy and look a little scary, but green face products can be your rosacea’s best friend. When used correctly, the green tint will neutralize the redness without making you look like the Wicked Witch of the West. The key is to find a well-made product that can act as a base underneath your foundation. For instance, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer in green is a thin, silky primer that you apply before foundation that will help eliminate the redness in your skin. For this step, I would recommend investing in a good quality green tinted product, although there are some drugstore options. Another fantastic product that has many purposes is Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette, which combines many different shades of creamy concealer, as well as a green concealer, to make your perfect match.


2. Foundation Makeup for Rosacea
As you probably already know, foundation is one of the key elements to perfect looking skin. However, most women find it very difficult to find a foundation that perfectly matches their skin, resulting in frustration and an unnatural look. Though you can find many good foundations at the drugstore, investing in a high quality foundation gives you an advantage in the quest for perfect skin. Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation is famous in the beauty world, used by professional makeup artists, celebrities, and thousands of women. It is so popular because of it’s silky texture, fantastic coverage, longwearing ability, and huge range of shades.


3. How to Apply Makeup to Conceal Rosacea
Even if you have all the right products, you still may be frustrated by your mediocre results if you aren’t applying the products properly. The first step is to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize your skin with products targeted towards rosacea. Clinique has a line of products called Clinique Redness Solutions meant just for this purpose, and at drugstores you can find the Eucerin Redness Relief line, which uses soothing ingredients to fight redness.

Next, apply your green tinted primer or concealer to areas with redness, using either your fingers or a clean brush. After this has soaked into your skin, apply a foundation that matches your skin tone using a damp sponge or a foundation brush. You can even use a stippling brush such as the Professional Platinum Stippling Brush #44 from the Sephora collection for an airbrushed look. Finally, dust your face with a translucent powder like the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, or a yellow tinted powder such as the Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder to set your foundation. Now you’re ready to finish your makeup look and face the day looking beautiful and redness free!

Products in this article that we recommend for rosacea:

Primer: Make Up For Ever’s HD Microperfecting Primer

Concealer: Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Foundation: Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Powders: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder or Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder

Brush: Professional Platinum Stippling Brush #44

Skin Care: Clinique Redness Solutions

By Rachel

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Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 20  Light BeigeI just found out that SkinStore.com is now selling Jane Iredale cosmetics. This is a popular brand that I’ve been meaning to try out for quite awhile, so now is a great time. I’ll post a review once I have some experience with it. I love the fact that it is made with natural ingredients, no parabens, oils, etc. It is supposed to be great for sensitive skin and those with eczema or rosacea.

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How to Find Makeup for Sensitive Skin


For years I have have been plagued with sensitive skin and have found it extremely difficult to find a good makeup for sensitive skin that doesn’t cause a reaction over time.  Many products claim to be safe for sensitive and acne prone skin, but I still either break out or end up with some itchy rash.  I’ve finally figured out how to pick the best ones and how to test them carefully.  Even so, you may find that trial and error is the only way to go.

When testing out new products on your skin, make sure that you do a patch test first.  Put a small amount in a sensitive but unobtrusive spot, usually behind you ear or on your neck.  Leave it for 24 hours to see if you react.  If you don’t have a reaction, try a small amount on your face for several days.  For me, I don’t know if a makeup or other product is truly safe for my skin until I have used it for at least a week.  This is why I always ask salespeople in cosmetic stores for a large enough sample to last a week.  If they won’t do that, or if it’s just not possible, make sure that you can return it if you have a reaction.  Many online stores have a good return policy and some companies sell trial kits that are perfect for testing out a new line.

The Eraser 4-in-1 Natural ConcealerSome of the best makeup for sensitive skin are those that contain few chemicals or that are all natural or organic.  My favorite lines right now are Tarte and Korres.  Since it is summer as I write this, I have been using a combination of the Tarte Eraser liquid concealer and some of their powder foundation.  Korres powder foundation is a little more moisturizing if you have drier skin.  I also like the cleansing products by Boscia and Fresh, which are very gentle on the skin.  I have never found a drugstore brand, unfortunately, that doesn’t make my skin itchy. I’ll stick with the Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundationfor now and see how it goes.

For those who prefer mineral makeup, make sure you use one that doesn’t have bismuth oxychloride.  My favorite is by Bare Minerals, but you have to buy their Matte foundation.  The regular one did have bismuth oxychloride in it the last time I checked, but the matte one is fantastic and doesn’t have the tell-tale sign of the ingredients that irritate your skin – namely a shimmer.  Products with mica in them will also cause itchiness, and many blushes contain this ingredient.

Sunscreen is another culprit of itchiness, rashes or breakouts in sensitive skin.  I can’t use anything with chemicals in it so I stick to mineral sunscreen.  I found one by Elta MD, EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46, which is specifically for sensitive and acne prone skin.   Neutrogena now makes one that is all mineral and is good for sensitive skin.  The problem I had was that it felt a little too greasy and made me break out.  The only real solution?  Stay out of the sun.  I know that you are supposed to wear sunscreen even if you are not in the sun, but with ultra sensitive skin you are best staying out of the sun anyway.

Use a little trial and error, you will be able to find a good makeup for sensitive skin that provides excellent coverage and a natural look.  One other product line that I’m about to try is Afterglow Cosmetics.  They are supposed to be particularly good for sensitive skin.  If anyone has tried them yet, let me know!  I’m going to order them right now.

Meanwhile, go easy on your skin and use as little makeup as possible and as few ingredients as possible.  You’ll look better for it.

– Sharyn

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Makeup for Rosacea: How to Cover Rosacea

woman with rosaceaPeople with rosacea often confuse it with acne due the redness associated with it.  Any blemishes you have may be more related to your rosacea than acne.  While there are a number of treatments for rosacea, your dermatologist can give you a topical treatment to help heal or control it. In this article, I will focus primarily on how to use makeup for rosacea in order to conceal it.

As with normal acne, you need to use a concealer to neutralize the redness associated with your rosacea.  Green is the most common color used, though some people will react better to a yellowish concealer.  Skin that is more fair may look too greenish when a green concealer is used.   If you have to use a lot of foundation over the green concealer, it defeats the purpose and you will have to layer on too much makeup.  Use a yellow concealer in this case and experiment with the amount needed.

As with acne, many people prefer using mineral makeup for covering rosacea.  The fact that mineral makeup has fewer ingredients and chemicals  means that there are less things to irritate your skin.  Use a greenish or yellowish powder first and then your foundation powder afterwards.

I have also found that a tattoo concealer, like Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, can help cover very small areas of rosacea or acne scars.  Just be careful not to use too much since it is very creamy. 
Cover FX
makes a heavier concealer and foundation that you can match precisely to your skin tone and set with powder.  It lasts a long time and is more waterproof than other foundations.

Try to use products that have as few chemicals as possible to prevent irritation to your skin and aggravation of your rosacea.  In addition, use very gentle makeup removers at the end of the day.  I like Boscia’s Makeup Breakup Cleansing Oil, or the Soy Cleanser by Fresh.  After cleansing, apply your rosacea treatment, or just a very gentle moisturizer.  Be careful of using any acne treatments in the areas where you have rosacea since they can just make it worse.

If you havent’ done so already, go to a dermatologist to get your rosacea diagnosed properly.  He or she will be able to tell you whether it is rosacea or acne and will give you the correct treatment to try.  Unfortunately, rosacea can actually be harder to treat, and to conceal, than acne.  Most people grow out of acne eventually, whereas rosacea can be a lifelong condition.

Below are a two great products for skin with rosacea from DERMAdoctor.  I’ve used the Calm, Cool and Corrected myself and it does an amazing job of calming any redness.  Check them out and just make sure you test anything on a small patch of skin first.

I have also heard that Afterglow Cosmetics are fantastic for sensitive skin.

Any suggestions for other rosacea makeup?  What has worked best for you?  Let me know by commenting below.

– Sharyn

PS – Here’s a link to a green mineral makeup concealer by Beau Monde.  It got 4 stars at Amazon and is one of the only green mineral powder concealers I’ve been able to find.  I haven’t tried it, but it meets all the criteria.