How to Combat Your Facial Redness, Guerrilla Style

This year, flushed, rosy complexions are très in, and it seems everyone is stocking up on blush, tinted illuminators and cheek stains. But what if your face radiates that rosiness all on its own … and not in a good way?

facial redness

Facial redness—skin prone to flare-ups, sensitivity and splotches—is a common problem that many individuals deal with on a daily basis. In addition to being irritating (both literally and figuratively), it also makes applying and wearing makeup a bit tricky. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to stop seeing red and make your skin glow.

moisturizer for sensitive skin

Step 1: Moisturize

Facial redness is often indicative of sensitive and/or dry skin. Cover up those flare-ups and dry patches with a targeted moisturizer that will improve the overall look and feel of your complexion. Try a formula like La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense, which pumps the skin with soothing nutrients like cooling thermal spring water to help reduce the appearance of redness.

makeup product for facial redness

Step 2: Prime

When dealing with a red or blotchy face, your first instinct might be to cake on the foundation. However, the magic actually happens under the face makeup. We’re talking primer in the form of a CC cream. Tone-correcting products, such as La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream, deliver instant coverage and even out the skin tone, reducing facial redness. These saviors also work double-time in the hydration department, so flare-ups and irritation are kept at bay.

green makeup for redness

Step 3: Break Out the Color-Correcting Concealer

While we’re on the topic of tone-correcting, we can’t ignore the wonders of color-correcting concealers. Available in a variety of shades, each color-corrector serves and covers a specific issue. For ruddy complexions and/or those prone to redness, green color correctors are lightning in a bottle. Products like the Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion in Green counteract and neutralize redness to balance out the skin tone. After applying your CC cream, swipe the color-corrector over red areas until they’re completely covered. Then apply your regular concealer over the color-corrected area and blend it out.

Step 4: Set & Go!

Now that your face is looking balanced and just peachy, the last thing you’ll want to do is smudge the masterpiece. Set the look with a mattifying powder. Powders with a neutral or translucent color, like Dermablend Setting Powder in Original, are ideal in that they further your efforts to even out the skintone and cover any remaining hint of redness.


Do you battle with facial redness? Tell us which products you use in the comments below!



    About the Author: Kate drives the day-to-day creation of content, aiming to inspire and inform readers by delivering the latest beauty tips, tricks and trends. As an employee of L’Oréal, Kate sources and tests the best beauty products from across the entire brand portfolio.