How to cover up redness on your face

Updated February 21, 2017

Redness on your face may be caused by simple flushing when your blood vessels dilate. Or, you may suffer from flare-ups of redness if you have rosacea, a chronic skin condition. If you have a history of persistent flushing and red bumps on your skin, see your dermatologist, as you may have rosacea. Regardless of what causes your facial redness, apply the appropriate moisturiser and concealer make-up to cover up the redness.

Avoid using harsh skin care products. These may aggravate your facial redness. Products that contain peppermint, menthol, witch hazel, alcohol, clove oil or eucalyptus oil can increase facial redness, according to the National Rosacea Society.

Apply a moisturiser to your face daily. Select a product that is fragrance-free and contains a sunscreen. Or, apply both a moisturiser and a sunscreen. Using sunscreen can help lessen your skin's red reaction to the sun.

Apply green-tinted concealer make-up to the redness on your face. Dab it on these areas lightly to conceal the redness. Set the concealer with a loose powder foundation. Smooth the make-up over your face gently to blend the skin tones.

Prevent redness and flushing in the winter by applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your face before going outside. This will help prevent the blood vessels in your face from dilating. Avoid staying in very cold (and very hot) weather for prolonged periods.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturiser
  • Sunscreen
  • Concealer
  • Powder foundation
  • Petroleum jelly
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