Makeup to Cover Redness: Stop Feeling Like Rudolph
Trying to cover a red nose?
Does your nose glow red? Well, not like Rudolph probably, but if your nose tends to the red side this is the lens for you. We'll look at:
- Causes of red nose
- How to use green corrector to cover redness
- When to use concealer make up
- General tips for dealing with redness on the face.
You may sometimes feel like this lady, and if you do you are not alone. With the tips in this lens I promise you'll know how to cover redness.
One study puts the incidence of rosacea (one of the causes of redness) at over 10%. Add in other potential causes such as flushing, allergies, menopause and you can see there's a lot of us dealing with redness on our faces. You are not alone.
Photo credit: kevin dooley on Flickr
What Causes a Red Nose?
Redness comes from a surprising number of causes. Think for a moment: how often is your face red? Is it an every day occurrence (like me) or just from time to time?
Common causes of chronic facial redness include:
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Adult Acne
- Irritation -- rubbing too hard for example
- Emotions -- embarrassment, excitement, anger
- Illness -- allergies, viral infections, fever
- Food reactions -- drinking alcohol, spicy foods
- Menopause Flushes
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Poll: Facial Redness
Do you have problems with red nose or cheeks?
How to Hide the Red
Makeup tips for covering your red nose.
I have mild rosacea, with the red 'butterfly' across my nose and upper cheeks. I've tried skin creams, concealer, corrector, liquid and powder foundation -- just about everything. Finally I took the time to research and learn what makeup really works to cover redness.
The formula that works for me is
- Apply Green Corrector
- Add a Dab of Concealer (optional)
- Apply Foundation
- Set it With Translucent Powder
Photo credit: imcountingufoz on Flickr.
1. Apply Green Corrector
Yes, Green. Honest.
Before you turn away saying "I don't want to look like Fiona on Shrek" bear with me. Neutralizing red with green is tried and true color theory. And I promise, you won't look green at all.
Guidelines to using green corrector:
- Only use corrector on redness that you expect to last all day. If you have a temporary flush from exercising DO NOT use corrector -- once the underlying red fades the green won't have anything to counteract it. Green corrector only works when it overlays red.
- Apply liquid or powder on just the red areas.
- If you have all-over redness, consider a green primer for your face
- Apply the corrector very (very!) lightly and blend at the edges. It only takes a little tiny bit of corrector to whisk that red away.
Have you ever used a green corrector to hide redness?
Recommended Green Corrector - Physicians Formula Powder Palette
My go-to favorite when I'm traveling. Since it's powder I don't have to worry about fitting it into that one-quart ziploc bag the TSA limits us to.
My Favorite Green Primer
I use this when I've gotten a little extra sun and am red on more than just my nose and upper cheeks.
2. Add a Dab of Concealer
Now, apply a very thin layer of concealer to your redness on top of the green corrector.
Keep the concealer layer thin. Usually you'll just need a couple tiny dabs on your nose. Stipple them with your fingertip to blend outwards.
I've found this little bit is just enough to keep the corrector in place and still avoid getting cakey or overly thick.
Now you're ready to add your foundation.
This is one of my favorite concealers. It's a high quality concealer for a reasonable price. It doesn't get cakey (unless you go crazy-thick) and has a great consistency. I love it. Considering how much I fly on airplanes I also appreciate that it's a powder.
How to Apply Color Correctors
Excellent demonstration of exactly how to apply color corrector and hide the redness on your face
3. Apply Foundation
Note: This works with both powder and liquid foundations. Tinted moisturizers don't seem to work as well for me over corrector. The corrector holds better for me if I stick to foundation.
So do you need a thick foundation layer to cover your redness? Absolutely not! If you've already used green corrector and (optionally) a light layer of concealer a normal, thin layer of foundation will do the job just fine.
Applying foundation without rubbing off the corrector. Foundation should be applied one of two ways:ulliStippling with your fingers or a sponge/liliBrushing with a foundation brush/li/ulIf you go the foundation brush route, load one side of the brush lightly from the back of your hand and sweep upward on your face. Then, with the other side of the brush sweep back downward to blend. It can take a couple tries to get the motion -- I had a woman at the cosmetics counter show me how.
Now you're ready for the last step: setting with translucent powder.
4. Set it with Translucent Powder
The last step is to set your foundation with a translucent powder. I do it in the morning and never worry about it again the rest of the day.
Honestly, I don't like taking the extra time, but I've found the powder makes a big difference in how well my foundations stays. If you've ever touched your nose a few too many times during the day you'll understand why.