The face is the first thing people see. This can be tough for the more than 3 million Canadians with rosacea, a skin condition causing a red face, visible blood vessels and for some, red bumps and pimples.

Using makeup to cover up rosacea is a great way to cope and can help people feel more confident in their social and working lives. Makeup can also be helpful while undergoing treatment.

cover up rosaceaThe Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada and Vancouver makeup artist, Lucinda Holland, have teamed up to create a makeup tutorial, “4 Steps to cover up rosacea” to help those with rosacea feel more comfortable and self-assured.

Lucinda herself has mild rosacea with some redness on the cheeks and blemishes on the forehead and chin. She thought the redness was “just my Irish cheeks” until she found out she had rosacea.

Lucinda added some redness to her cheeks and set this in place at the start for the purposes of this tutorial.

Step 1: Apply a primer.

cover up rosaceaAfter cleansing and moisturizing, apply a primer to provide a barrier between your skin and the makeup. “This is important as many people with rosacea have very sensitive skin. The primer will also help set your makeup in place,” adds Lucinda.cover up rosacea

How: Dot the primer onto major areas of the face and spread with a wide, soft stipple brush.


Step 2: Use a green concealer

cover up rosacea“A green concealer will help to mask out the redness,” she says. Look for a pale green or mint coloured concealer (nothing too dark).

cover up rosaceaHow: Apply gently in lines drawn over the redness. cover up rosaceaBlend with your finger or a soft sponge.

TIP: Got broken blood vessels, red bumps or pimples caused by rosacea?

“By using a camouflage brush, you can apply the green concealer to other areas of concern – the corners of the nose to cover broken blood vessels, or to blemishes to reduce the appearance of redness,” Lucinda says.


Step 3: Apply foundation

“Choose a foundation with a little yellow to further conceal the redness,” Lucinda advises.cover up rosacea

How: Dot the foundation onto major areas of the face. Blend with a medium width, soft brush or a stipple brush.


Step 4: Set with a powder.

cover up rosacea“If you have oily skin, you can use a pressed powder. Go with a loose powder if you have dry skin,” she recommends.

How: Apply with a wide, soft powder brush or a kabuki brush.

cover up rosaceaAnd the final look… no more rosacea redness or blemishes!


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