Makeup For Rosacea: The Products I'm Using To Make My Redness Less Obvious

I'm still figuring out what skincare I should use for my rosacea, but in the meantime, I've perfected a makeup routine to hide the ruddiness.
Publish date:
June 25, 2013
primers, maybelline, skin, foundations, neutrogena, spf, concealers, redness, rosacea, physicians formula

Everyone wants perfect skin, but that’s difficult when you have rosacea. Rosacea usually appears as flushed or blotchy facial skin, and in severe cases, swelling and raised bumps. My mother has had severe rosacea for years now--since before I was born, actually.

I never used to worry much about my skin. I was a tomboy up until college, and even then, I didn’t wear foundation until after I graduated. I wouldn’t say that I’m comfortable with my skin; I just learned to live with it, acne scars and all. However, I’ve noticed my cheeks becoming redder and redder lately.

After my morning coffee, I’ll do some yoga or go for a short run, and then I step out of the hot shower to see that all these things combined made my skin flare up. Whoops.

I know I probably inherited some of my mom’s rosacea, and I want to make sure I keep it in check. Besides researching triggers to avoid (which is apparently everything fun: alcohol, coffee, sun...), I’ve also been looking for better ways to take care of my skin.

The first step is to visit my dermatologist, so until then, I don’t have much to share. However, I can share my makeup tips for those living with rosacea. Here are the products I use to hide my redness from the world.


This is a must if you have rosacea and/or dry skin. Look for a moisturizer for sensitive skin with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from the sun.

I’m currently using Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer, which I forgot to include in the above picture. It only has SPF 15, so I’m kind of a hypocrite, but I promise, I smear on some sunscreen as well if I’m going to be out in the sun at all.


I never really thought primers were that necessary, but I heard a green-tinted primer can do wonders for cancelling out redness, so I went to the drugstore and perused my options while scrolling through makeup reviews on my phone. Yes, that is how I shop.

I ended up with Physicians Formula Talc-Free Correcting Primer. The reviews were good, but I mainly got it because it has a RAINBOW BRUSH. Who doesn’t want to apply their makeup with a rainbow brush every day?

It’s fun; you twist it and pretty green stuff comes out of the rainbow brush and you just brush it onto your skin. I think it works pretty well, too, since my skin looked less red after and my foundation looked better. Needless to say, I’m obsessed.


For when I don’t need a ton of coverage because I’m just going to work or hanging out with friends during the day, I much prefer using a BB cream over foundation.

I’m currently using Garnier BB cream. It goes on easily and gives some light coverage. I mean, you can see spots and my cheeks are still pretty pink, but it does a good job of evening out my skintone. Keep in mind: It has a strong scent, if you dislike that sort of thing (I personally don’t really care); and for a pale girl like me, it goes on rather orange. It also has a greasy finish; I guess you could call it “dewy” but even someone with skin as dry as mine doesn’t want to look that shiny.

I just touched it up with the Coty Airspun face powder that I recently got, and I was good to go. (Definitely get that powder, by the way. It smells nice and the packaging is pretty AND the puff feels like a bunny tail on your face!)

This BB cream is definitely better for me in the summer when I have more color. If I put this on my skin in the winter, my face would probably be way darker than my neck.


When I’m going out for a special occasion or having my picture taken, I suddenly have the urge to have flawless skin and the BB cream gets thrown out the window.

I recently switched from L’Oreal True Match to Neutrogena Healthy Skin. My L’Oreal foundation had good coverage and a nice matte finish, but it was almost too matte.

Thanks to my rosacea, I also have super-dry skin. Even after slathering coconut oil on before taking a shower and then putting moisturizer on afterwards, my foundation was still reluctant to blend into my desert-dry skin. I needed one that was more moisturizing and had more of a dewy finish.

I read that Neutrogena has just that, and is also good for redness. I picked up a bottle to try and I like it so far. I got it in Soft Ivory, which is slightly warmer than my L’Oreal foundation, but not as orange as my BB cream. It made my skin look very evened out and natural, although I had to build the coverage somewhat and it still didn’t cover the zit from hell on my chin. I also wish they would add a pump to the bottle so I’m not making a mess by pouring it all over my hand.


This might seem weird, but I don’t usually use concealer. My concern is with evening out my overall skin tone. I don’t feel the need to have every little acne scar covered, so as long as I have a foundation with decent coverage I’m happy.

However, as I mentioned, I’m dealing with a monster zit on my chin right now so I used Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, which gets the job done decently.

Soon I’ll do a post about skincare for rosacea--or really, anyone who has dry, red, sensitive skin. I already have some tricks up my sleeve, and I’m hoping my dermatologist will be able to recommend others.

Until then, tell me about your favorite redness-hiding makeup.