How to cover red cheeks

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How to cover red cheeks
Start by cleaning your face to cover red cheeks. (woman rosacea image by robert mobley from

If you suffer from red, blotchy skin on your cheeks, you are probably dealing with rosacea: a common skin disorder which occurs on the face. The causes of the disorder are unknown. The red cheeks associated with it can cause many sufferers social and occupational stress due to self-consciousness and embarrassment. Although there is known cure for it, if you suffer from red cheeks you can control and cover the redness using a few home methods.

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Things you need

  • Gentle facial cleanser
  • Towel
  • Redness reducing moisturiser
  • Applicator sponge
  • Concealer
  • Powder brush
  • Finishing powder

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  1. 1

    Wash your face using a cleansing product of your choice. Make sure the product is for sensitive skin to avoid over drying and harsh chemicals, both of which could cause more redness. Rinse your face with cool water. Do not use hot or cold water, since both could make the redness worse.

  2. 2

    Dry your face off thoroughly with a clean towel. Avoid further skin irritation by patting and not rubbing the skin.

  3. 3

    Moisturise your skin using a moisturiser specifically formulate to reduce redness. You can find them at your local beauty supply store. Apply a bit of moisturise to an applicator sponge and rub it, gently, onto your face. The moisture will make it easier to apply and blend your make-up.

  4. 4

    Apply concealer that matches your skin tone to your face using an applicator sponge. Avoid using your fingers to apply the make-up. They can apply more oils to your face which could cause further redness or breakouts. Just apply the concealer to the areas of your face affected by redness. Blend the concealer thoroughly to match your skin tone.

  5. 5

    Use a brush to lightly cover your entire face with a finishing powder. Choose a colour that matches your skin tone.

Tips and warnings

  • Before assuming the source of your skin redness is rosacea, consult a dermatologist. He can help determine the source of your skin problem and advise you best how to treat it.
  • Even if the source of redness is not rosacea, this method is an effective way to cover redness for other reasons as well.
  • There are environmental and behavioural factors which can cause red cheeks to become worse. Avoid hot beverages, alcohol, spicy foods and warm rooms. In addition, wind can chap the cheeks, making them worse.
  • Avoid anything else that causes irritation, such as possible allergens.

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