My 10-Minute Foolproof Makeup Routine to Cover Up Rosacea and Redness

Makeup Routine For Rosacea

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I know that rosacea comes and goes between remissions and flare-ups. But I’m yet to see a proper remission in months! I’m tired of looking like I’m out of breath! My cheeks are flushed as if anybody’s ever going to believe I exercise! I try to look all calm and collected but it’s difficult to do so when you look like you’re embarrassed all the time! I just want to be able to mask my true emotions and intentions just like everybody else, you know?

And now that the summer is around the corner, I know that the sun is going to make things a lot worse! My rosacea is in full force and I need to bring out the big guns! I need a foundation routine that will hide everything and make it look like I’m in control of my emotions! So if you need a good poker face, here’s my step-by-step makeup routine to cover my rosacea. It’s foolproof, quick, and very easy!

Step 1: Skin Prep

Of course, skin prep is everything when it comes to makeup. And that’s even more so with rosacea. Clean, hydrated skin looks calmer and makes makeup look better. But I also feel like it makes makeup application easier. Your foundation looks smooth, your brush glides and your powder products are flake-free.

That’s why I prefer slathering on skincare. I’ve seen that the more hydrated and glowy my skin is at this point, the better. It’s going to come in handy in a minute when I layer a full-coverage foundation. To be honest, I sometimes even skip straight to a cream mask for maximum moisture!

An absolute gem is the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($44). I leave it on for like 10 minutes, let my skin soak it up, and then blot away the excess! I apply sunscreen and I’m all prepped for makeup.

Step 2: Minimizing Redness

I sometimes need to do something to neutralize redness to an extent before I even apply base makeup. That way, I don’t need to apply a lot of foundation which might lead to cakey, heavy makeup. An effective method for minimizing redness is by color-correcting with a green-tinted primer.

But I know from my readers that not everyone is a fan of green primers. That’s why concealer is the next best thing. I just spot-conceal the redness on my cheeks by using Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser ($31). It’s the same one I use for my under-eyes.

It’s full-coverage, so it’s already very convenient for evening out my skin tone. It’s creamy and blends very easily no matter where I put it on my face. I just put small dots of concealer on each cheek and any red area such as around my nose. I apply it by pressing it into my skin with my fingers. And then I use the sponge tip to blend out the edges.

Step 3: Layering Foundation

Foundation is the most important step in my routine, especially because I’m not using a color corrector. That brings me to the big gun I’ve been referring to: Clinique Even Better Clinical Serum Foundation SPF 25 ($46). My shade is CN 10.

It’s one of my go-to foundations for rosacea and something I can openly and comfortably recommend to anyone who asks me. It’s oil-free, full coverage, fragrance-free, has a natural matte finish, lasts all day, and has built-in mineral SPF, which is amazing when you need all the sun protection you can get!

It completely covers any discolorations on my face and gives me absolutely flawless skin. To be honest, it’s one of those foundations that look better throughout the day. It turns into this powdery finish as if I applied a blurring powder over it. It’s sweatproof and it doesn’t oxidize. So it’s pretty summer-friendly too.

It never breaks me out and I’m grateful because the last thing I need right now is to try to cover up acne rosacea only to see more acne after removing my makeup.

This is a liquid foundation with a creamy texture. So I prefer applying it with a flat foundation brush to kind of spread it out evenly. I then go over it with a damp sponge to achieve a more skin-like finish. I apply a few dots and build the coverage slowly as a little goes a long way. Below is me right after I applied my foundation. As you can see, my rosacea is completely gone!

Step 4: Eye Makeup

I have sensitive eyes. They need as much attention as my face all thanks to my ocular rosacea or my eyes will get watery and ruin my makeup. The best way to ensure that is to go easy on the eye makeup. I use Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer + Eraser ($31) again to cover up my dark shadows and smooth out my fine lines. My shade is WN 01 -the lightest shade.

It’s full coverage so it matches really well with my foundation and gives me a brighter appearance on the upper part of my face. Most of the time, I can’t wear a heavy smokey eye or a full-on eyeshadow look any longer than 3 hours.

So if I’m out and about, I keep it simple and focus on mascara. I use a brown pencil over my eyelid to subtly define my eyes and then I layer a few coats of Clinique High Impact Hi-Fi Full Volume Mascara ($28). The volume lasts all day. So it really takes away the need to do more eye makeup.

Step 5: Blush & Bronzer

I have a completely neutral canvas at this point. So my face needs a bit of warmth and color. That is blush and bronzer. I first apply a bronzer to subtly define the outer shape of my face. I am in love with the Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker ($36). It’s a gel-based bronzer that applies like a liquid formula and has a nice dewy finish.

I bring it closer to my cheeks because the color is so versatile that I can comfortably skip blush, especially in summer. It comes out very dark at first but settles down to a very, very soft brown that just enhances my cheekbones without looking harsh or muddy. It’s my holy grail for sun-kissed cheeks. Most of the time, I can comfortably leave it here without going in with a blush.

For the sake of the topic though, here’s how I do blush. I know that blush is tricky when you have rosacea. Most of the time, you want to go for a color that’s flattering for your skin tone and not just another shade of red that mimics your rosacea. My current favorite blush shade that is perfect for fair skin tones is Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Black Honey Pop ($29).

Makeup Tutorial for Rosacea - Blush Bronzer

It’s a deep pink, almost purple with warm undertones. So it’s nowhere near the redness I have from rosacea! It’s not too pigmented so I can layer comfortably without adding too much color. I sometimes apply it with the bigger side of the beauty blender and dab it on the high points of my cheeks. This gives me more control so the color doesn’t spread too much.

So this is how I do my makeup to cover rosacea redness. I can skip color correctors and primers with a solid and sensitive-skin-friendly foundation like this one to quickly morph into my poker face. All it takes is 5 steps and 10 minutes.

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