Do we all remember the scene in Clueless where Dee is applying Cher’s makeup for her big date night with Christian. She repeatedly complains that she’s ALL RED!!! The most unwanted/disapproved finish to any lady’s makeup is redness! We all fear it and want to immediately hide it up. Buying every product claiming perfection when Covering Redness.
We’re almost certain you’ve all dealt with this issue at some stage. Whether you’re in a flustered state or you have a skin condition like Rosacea. Perhaps your blemished skin just won’t ease up, or that glass of wine over dinner has you in a mad flush. The first thing we all do is reach our foundation and powder for covering redness up! Here is our best advice, to ensure your complexion really is perfection.
Firstly, redness in skin is (in most cases) inflamed angry and impaired skin. It’s your bodies way of telling you something’s not right. This can be as complicated as immune response to gut health, or as basic as you need to hydrate! Redness occurs for a variety of reasons. Rosacea being the most common, but allergic reaction and severe dehydration occur. Even irritation from use of strong active, unstable ingredients (such as retinol) will also send the skin into turmoil.
All you want to do is hide this imperfection from the world. So, when applying foundation, be sure to keep the word HYDRATION in the back of your mind at all times. When skin is red, it usually comes with flaky, dry and un-even skin tone. It’s vital you treat the area before applying any foundation. Foundation is designed to draw moisture from the skin, to give it better ‘staying power’. We want to feed the redness with antioxidants like Osmosis MD Replenish and apply as much moisture for the area to absorb. Aspect Dr Hylauronic Serum, and Société Hydration Complex will be your two best products for this. Ensure you add a moisturiser on top, Aspect Dr Resveratrol is full of antioxidants and peptides, whereas Aspect SMC is wonderful for people with super dry skin, full of growth factors to help repair.
Step number one, Colorscience All Calm Redness Corrective Treatment. This product has green undertones to visibly counteract the appearance of red skin (covering redness whilst adding in extra antioxidants). This creates the perfect base for your foundation to follow.
You want to use a foundation that’s preferably mineral or has and dewy finish. Matte foundations, even though they may cover the redness instantly, will only separate and become patchy throughout the day. Your skin is slowly being stripped of any moisture. Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream is a wonderful product, as it has enough coverage to camouflage the redness as well as added sun protection. It is creamy enough to keep your skin hydrated all day. Colorscience Even Up, especially used together with All Calm, gives the skin a brighter, flawless coverage as it contains LUMIRA skin brightening complex, which is shown to reduce the appearance of skin discolouration.
Concealer can be applied on top of foundation if further coverage is needed but ensure this isn’t too matte. You want a concealer that’s a creamy consistency, less waxy/putty like, so you can use just a small amount and tap into your foundation. Ensure you don’t drag the product across your cheeks as foundation is tricky enough to adhere to red/hot/inflamed skin. The dragging motion will only move the product. Playing with your skin too much is also a no-no. This will only warm your skin further, making it harder to achieve an even finish. We always try and skip concealer where possible. Only use where you feel really necessary. Try to apply more primer at the early stages of makeup, rather than concealer at the end. Primer is way more effective when covering redness!
Finish your colour products with a light powder to set the foundation in place. Translucent is the best to use, as it doesn’t add any further colour or coverage. Depending where your redness is, you can apply bronzer (we bet blush is totally out of the question) use a large, light brush to apply. A firm brush, such as Kabooki brush, will most likely damage the flawless finish you’ve just created. It will drag product around your face.
Setting spray is a must in this situation. Redness, along with added moisture, and multiple products on top, will need all the help it can get to stay in place. Colorescience Hydration Setting Mist is perfect to spray all over the face once finished.
Touch-ups are going to be a part of your life while the redness is! It’s unfortunately inevitable. Take products like Even Up and your Setting Powder in your handbag and regularly check the status of your skin. Once the flare up dies down, so too will your time-consuming makeup routine. You may have to be a little more attentive during this time.
If Rosacea, or constant redness is something you’re dealing with, we really recommend visiting your local skin care clinic. There are so many wonderful treatments available to help conquer these sometimes life affecting skin conditions. A combination of treatments, a personalised at home skin care routine and dietary changes can make a world of difference to your skin and confidence. Check out our online consultations to seek advice from our incredibly knowledgeable therapists, we’d really love to help.
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