How to camouflage rosacea with makeup

If you have red, blotchy, sore or uneven skin, you could be suffering from rosacea, a chronic skin disorder that affects over 3 million Canadians. It can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition, but there are ways to treat it and help beauty routines that can reduce symptoms.

Makeup artist and ambassador for the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada, Cheryl Gushue, shares her tips below.

Rosacea is not a form of acne. Women who suffer from rosacea tend to experience red, blotchy, sensitive and uneven skin around their cheeks, chin, and nose. The condition can occur in anyone, but it most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin.

There are certain triggers that can bring rosacea on. Those include
  • Alcohol, especially red wine
  • Eating spicy and hot foods
  • Hot climates, saunas and hot tubs
  • Extreme cold climates
  • Sensitive skin; products that contain alcohol or fragrance can aggravate it. 
  • Poor eating habits

Rosacea can be treated, depending on what you’re eating and the products you’re using on your skin. 
  • Eat clean and choose all natural skincare products
  • Hydrate your skin and avoid products that cause irritation.
  • Be careful with the type of exfoliation you use. Don’t use heavy granules and do not rub or scrub skin.
  • A light therapy treatment (IPL – Intense Pulsed Light) can show a rduction in redness. This is an ongoing treatment; it will not eliminate the condition.
  • Use soothing, all-natural ingredients like aloe or chamomile or rose-infused products.
  • Wear sunscreen


After cleansing and moisturizing, apply an anti-redness primer to provide a barrier between your skin and the makeup. This is important because many people with rosacea have very sensitive skin. The primer will also help set your makeup in place.

How-to: Dot the primer onto major areas of the face and spread with a latex-free sponge. 

A green concealer will help to mask out the redness. Look for a pale green or mint-coloured concealer. 

How-to: Apply gently, in lines, over the redness. Blend with your finger or a soft sponge. You can also pre-blend your concealer with your foundation on your hand first, instead of applying in two steps. 

Tip: By ising a camouflage brush, you can apply the green concealer to other areas of concern (i.e. corners of nose, blemishes, etc.)

Choose a foundation with a yellow base to further conceal the redness. 

How-to: Dot the foundation onto major areas of the face. Stipple into the skin with a sponge. 

Set your makeup with a powder. If you have dry skin, opt for a loose powder. 

How-to: Apply with a wide, soft powder brush.


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