Dear Bobbi: What Are Your Best Makeup Tips for Rosacea?

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Hi Bobbi:

I'm 60-years-old and I have pretty good skin overall, but I deal with rosacea. My question is how can I use blush to highlight my face without having my red cheeks taking center stage?




Dear Tracie,

First of all, thanks for reaching out! Please know that many people deal with rosacea so you’re certainly not alone and I can definitely help you with some easy makeup tips.

When applying makeup, you want to start by smoothing on a heavier moisturizer that really plumps up the skin. Once you’ve patted it in and given it some time to absorb, use a foundation that closely matches the skin that’s not red to lightly cover up any of the ruddy areas.

If you have a lot of redness, you can use a color correcting product underneath your foundation. (Ed note: To combat redness, you’ll want to try something with a green-tint to neutralize red tones.)

Now, onto your question about blush: I’d recommend skipping pink-toned blushes altogether, which will highlight any redness in your face. Instead, use a soft peach-toned blush, which will help to counteract the red or pink tones caused by the rosacea.

Complete the look with some eyeliner and mascara to make your eyes pop and you’re good to go. Hope this helps, Tracie.

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