According to the National Rosacea First Impressions Survey, those suffering from rosacea were found to be more stressed in the workplace, insecure, and perceived to be less lucky in love. But how do you cover rosacea up without causing an added flare-up? Collier Strong, makeup expert and beauty consultant for Project Runway, gives us some tips and tricks.
RB: Is it okay to wear makeup if you've been diagnosed with rosacea?
CS: As long as your dermatologist clears you, depending on the severity of your condition, you can absolutely wear makeup. I always recommend having an emergency kit of your go-to products with you at all times in case a flare-up occurs.
RB: What are some things that can help cover up rosacea?
CS: Color correctors can make a big difference by helping to neutralize the redness in the skin. They go on sheer and can be used before applying the rest of your makeup. Using a green-based color corrector is best (try Everyday Minerals Mint Color Corrector), as it will offset the red already on your face, giving you a more neutral color.
RB: Is it safe to use foundation with rosacea?
CS: Yes, as long as you are hygienic when applying it. Apply your foundation with a synthetic brush, not your fingers, to avoid irritating skin with bacteria found on your hands. Make sure to wash the brush after each use for the same reasons. If your condition is less severe, a sponge is okay, but be wary: It might cause irritation since you are dragging it across the skin. Look for a liquid foundation with an olive or yellow base to even out the skin tone. Avoid anything that has an extremely powdery finish, as it will play up the flakiness rosacea often causes on your skin.
RB: What about blush?
CS: You should avoid blush, depending again on the severity of your condition. The upside of rosacea is that you will have a natural blush to your skin, eliminating the need for it in the first place. If you like to wear bronzer, stay away from any that look too orange.
RB: What about your eyes?
CS: If you have rosacea, you should bring attention to your eyes by using more neutral and earth-toned colors to, again, neutralize redness. Avoid cool tones like gray or blue. Also, make sure to play up your lips so that they complement your eye makeup but bring attention away from the skin. Unless you can completely conceal your rosacea, avoid red lips and instead choose pinks, peaches, nudes, or a coral shade.
To find a dermatologist in your area and learn more about rosacea, visit rosaceafacts.com.