Beauty Q&A: Can You Wear Blush if You Have Rosacea?

June 26, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
rosacea blush tips
Wearing blush can be an intimidating prospect if you already hold a lot of redness in your face due to rosacea. However, with the right techniques, you can make it work without making your face look overly red or pink.,  Here, NYC-based makeup artist Kasey Spickard shares his best tips and tricks for how to apply blush if you have rosacea.

Tip #1: Color Correct

“If you’re going for a full face look, start by neutralizing redness with a green tinted color corrector,” says Spickard. We recommend the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Green. This formula will help cancel out the redness in your face, giving you a more even, neutral base to work with. “Then apply your foundation and maybe a touch of concealer on top of that — set it all with a nice light setting powder and apply your desired blush tone on top of what you’ve color corrected.” Spickard suggests going for a warm, peachy toned blush like the NYX Professional Makeup Sweet Cheeks Blush in Citrine Rose.
nyx blush, urban decay color correcting fluid

Tip #2: Use a Light Hand

If you choose not to color correct beforehand, you can still use blush effectively with a light hand. “Tap into your product and then blend it out on the back of your hand to control the amount of product you’re going to apply on the face,” says Spickard. If you have redness on your skin, he also suggests leaning more toward bronzer to add warmth and dimension to the face rather than traditional blushes. “This will complement your natural flush while giving you the dimension you’re looking for.” We recommend a warm, coppery formula like the Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer in Best Coast.
tower 28 bronzino

Tip #3: Choose Whatever Formula – Cream or Powder – You Feel Comfortable With 

Spickard says that you can use a cream or powder blush on top of your rosacea. However, he notes that it might take a little more skill to apply a cream than your classic powder blush, especially if you’re color correcting beforehand. “Always warm up the product on your hand to control how much you apply!” he reiterates.

Tip #4: Don't Be Afraid to Go Natural

“Let your natural redness give you the perfect flush that everyone else is trying to mimic!” says Spickard.