How To

How to Cover Mild Redness

I want to start by saying that I don’t have rosacea or any severe redness to my skin. However, I do have some discoloration that I feel the need to completely cover. I’m going to share some of the color correcting products that I have tried and the routine that I currently use to cover it.
Color Correcting Products
In order to cover the redness you need to use a green product. Green works because it is the opposite color on the color wheel There are creams, liquids, sticks, palettes etc. with green products. I’ll cover the products that I’ve tried below and what I liked and disliked about them.
  • Comes with the green shade and the nude shade
  • There is a good amount of pigment to this product
  • Affordable
  • It is a little thick and dry
  • Does not blend well
  • I find that foundation does not sit well over top of it.
  • Affordable
  • It is very pigmented
  • This one is very think because it is a cream concentrate
  • It can be pretty hard to blend
  • Dried out my skin pretty badly
  • It made my foundation look thick and cakey when I layered it over top
  • It is very lightweight and goes on very smoothly on the skin
  • Foundation layers over this primer extremely well
  • It does neutralize the redness slightly but you still need to use at least a Medium coverage foundation over this to completely cover the redness.
  • I did not find that this was pigmented enough to really cover the redness
  • It was lightweight on the skin
  • This blended in easily
  • Foundation went on over this nicely
  • Like the MUFE Equalizer this was not pigmented enough to cover my redness
  • It is a liquid and is very light weight
  • You can control how much you use with the click pen packaging
  • Blends out extremely easily
  • Covers up the redness without being too intense
  • Foundation goes over this like it isn’t even there
  • Expensive
My Makeup Routine
I spent approximately 6 months trying countless foundations trying to find a foundation that gave me that flawless finish. When I would finally find a formula I liked then I couldn’t find my shade. Ultimately, I figured out that I need a FULL coverage foundation to completely cover my redness while not having to apply layers and making it cakey.
I start with a primer which varies depending on how my skin is feeling that day. It is usually some sort of a pore filling or hydrating primer. I will then go in with the YSL Touché Éclat Equalizer in Green or MUFE Step 1 Equalizer in Green. I put it on all over my nose, nose flares, above my lip, my chin and a little on my cheeks. I then use a damp sponge to push into the skin.
I then go in with my full coverage foundation the two that I have found that provide me with enough coverage is the Clinique Beyond Perfect Foundation and the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Coverage Foundation Concentrate. I recommend using a damp sponge to apply the foundation, at least in the areas that you have color corrected. This will ensure that you are not wiping away the color correcting product underneath. It will also help ensure that you are applying a thin layer of foundation and help prevent cake face.
If you have more severe redness or have used a medium or sheer coverage foundation you may need more coverage. At this point you can go in with your normal concealer in the areas that you need more coverage. Make sure that you are using a VERY thin layer. If you use too much you will quickly begin to look cakey.
I will then go in and set the foundation in place with a translucent setting power or a light coverage foundation powder if I feel like I need even more coverage.
There are a couple other green color correcting products that I have not yet tried. If you have tried any of these products let me know how they worked for you.
  • Still One Step Correct
  • Smash box Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer
  • BECCA Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector
  • Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Drops
  • DIOR Fix It 2-1 Prime & Colour Correct
Mistakes I’ve Made
During my quest to cover my redness I have made many mistakes and continue to make more mistakes. One that is pretty common is applying too much color corrector, foundation or powder to the area you’re trying to cover. This results in the dreaded cake face. When you’re trying to cover redness remember to apply very thin layers. This will help you avoid looking cakey while still being able to cover the redness.

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