3 Makeup Artist-Approved Tips for Wearing Blush If You Have Rosacea

June 09, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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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.

1. Camouflage Redness 

“If you’re going for a full-face look, start by neutralizing redness with a green tinted color corrector,” says Spickard. We recommend the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Color Corrector in Green. This formula will help counteract the redness in your skin, 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.” 

2. Choose Your Blush Color Wisely

Color theory suggests that green concealer will cancel out redness in the skin — and it’s helpful to utilize the color wheel when selecting your blush color, too. Rather than choosing vivid shades of pink, orange or red, consider opting for more muted mauve, peach or taupe blushes when you have rosacea. 

Spickard also suggests leaning more toward bronzer to add warmth and dimension to the face rather than traditional blushes (you can also look for bronze-toned 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 West Coast.
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3. Choose Whatever Formula 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. When wearing blush with rosacea, it’s the color that makes more of the difference as opposed to the formula. 

If you’re looking for rosacea-friendly blush colors, check out our favorites below:


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