Statistically, 76% of all Americans dealing with the affects of Rosacea, have reported that the condition adversely affects their confidence. While gentle care and medical treatments help keep the skin healthy, the effective use of makeup not only improves the appearance of the skin, it improves self-confidence helping those with Rosacea look and feel their best.
General Rules of Thumb
- Before applying makeup, cleanse and moisturize with skin-care products appropriate for your skin (see our article on caring for sensitive skin).
- Apply all products gently, never rub or pull at the skin.
- Avoid using abrasive products and applicators like make-up sponges – they may be too rough on the skin.
- Use the right tools to minimize irritation such as anti-bacterial brushes – even the oil and bacteria on your fingers can irritate the skin.
- Limit the amount and variety of products you use on your face to minimize the likelihood that an ingredient or product may irritate your skin. Use multi-purpose products, such as a base foundation that also contains sunscreen.
- A sheer green-tinted primer is the best choice for a makeup base. This helps visually correct redness and even out skin tone.
- Choose oil-free foundation and concealer and select your shade carefully. Foundation should match your natural skin tone as closely as possible, while concealer should be just one shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
- Consider cover-corrective makeup. For those with moderate to severe Rosacea, a cover-corrective cosmetic line like COVER FX may be a good choice. These products come in a wide variety of tones to match your natural skin color. They can thoroughly conceal many types of skin imperfections to create a flawless look.
- Explore the benefits of mineral powder. Mineral makeup is often a good choice for skin with Rosacea. There are also innovative mineral powder formulas specifically formulated to color-correct redness.
Techniques for Applying Makeup to Delicate Skin
Lightly dab concealer under the eyes starting at the inner corner and working outward. Hide blemishes, bumps or visible blood vessels by dabbing and blending concealer directly onto each area, then using foundation all over to create a more even tone.
Apply foundation with an antibacterial foundation brush, rather than a sponge. Begin by applying a small amount of liquid foundation to the back of your hand. Dab with the brush and smooth over your face, starting in the center and blending outward. For cream or powder foundation, sweep the brush across the surface of the compact and apply to your face. Use broad strokes for large areas of the face: cheeks, forehead and chin. Use the edge of the brush to reach narrow areas: nose, mouth, eyes and hairline. Blend well. Be sure to clean the brush between uses.
To further tone down the look of redness, dust a yellow-toned mineral powder over the foundation, or use it over your protective base instead of foundation.
Select a sheer blush formulated for sensitive skin and appling a thing coat with an antibacterial brush, sweeping it from the apples of the cheeks toward the temples.
The eyes are sensitive to begin with, so select gentle eye makeup that is fragrance free and has been ophthalmologist and allergy tested. Mascara and eyeliner should be water-based and easy to apply and remove with warm water without pulling or tugging on the eyes. Mineral powder eye shadow is ideal for delicate eye area. Apply neutral colors, both in shadow and eye pencils. These can be less irritating than strong jewel tones since they have less pigment.
Opt for neutral colors, avoiding red shades that may exacerbate the look of redness in your skin.
A NOTE OF CAUTION…
Before using any new product always test it on your face to make sure you do not react to it. Avoid any products that burn, sting or irritate the skin.
- The Face of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)