How to cover up red skin

Updated March 23, 2017

Skin redness can be the result of a number of different factors, including skin irritation, allergies or eczema. For many people who suffer from chronic redness of the skin, it can be a sign of an inflammatory skin condition called rosacea. When dealing with red skin that is either temporary or persistent, it is normal to want to tone down the redness and reduce it as much as possible. Fortunately there are simple ways to cover up red skin that require minimum effort.

Select make-up products made for sensitive skin that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Purchase yellow or green based concealers and tinted powders to counteract the redness of your skin. For your foundation, consider a mineral powder foundation, which works well for people with rosacea as it does not contain ingredients that can be harmful to sensitive skin and provides non-heavy coverage. Whether you choose a liquid foundation or a mineral powder foundation, select a colour that closely matches your own skin tone. Avoid buying make-up that has a pink or orange base.

Apply a small amount of the concealer and foundation to the patch of skin behind either ear. Wait 24 hours and check the area for any signs of an allergic reaction. If there are no signs of irritation, use the product to cover the redness of your skin. If there are any signs of a reaction, do not use the product.

Stay away from cosmetics that contain ingredients which irritate sensitive red skin or rosacea. The National Rosacea Society cites alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus oil as ingredients found in products that patients with rosacea found as irritating to the skin.

Apply the colour correcting concealer before your foundation application. Cover spots or patches of redness by applying the concealer with a small antibacterial concealer brush. Brush a thin layer of the concealer directly onto the red spot or blemish to cover it. For full face coverage, apply the concealer using your larger antibacterial foundation brush. Apply a thin layer of concealer evenly over your entire face or any large patches of redness. Do not apply so much that the concealer appears thick or heavy.

Smooth your foundation over the concealer using your foundation brush. Blend the foundation so that it covers the concealer and blends naturally without any visible hints of the yellow or green tinted concealer.


Clean your brushes completely after each use to remove any oils that have been transferred to the brush from your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow or green based concealer
  • Antibacterial concealer brush
  • Antibacterial foundation brush
  • Foundation
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Karl Bruce has been a writer since 2009, writing a variety of articles for eHow. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California State University, Chico, and has worked in the tech industry for most of his life.