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How To Disguise Redness Fast

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Whether it’s rosacea, blemishes or a flushed complexion, at some point or another we’ve all tried to disguise patches of redness. If you’ve struggled to find the sweet spot between using enough makeup to achieve a smooth, long-lasting evenness and piling on too much, which results in a cakey finish, it is worth spending three minutes reading up on Space NK’s senior pro-artist Arif Khan’s top tips. 

First and foremost, start with your base. “Applying concealer first then foundation will simply mean you end up with too much coverage and feel cakey,” says Arif. “ Whereas if you apply your base first, using it just to even out skin tone, then apply concealer in the areas to cover the remaining redness you will have a much more natural look and you won’t have to bulk buy concealer.”

Before you even reach for your base though, it’s important to work out the root cause of the redness. “That way you can switch up the products you’re using and tweak your technique,” says Arif. “For example, you might want to apply with a brush or sponge rather than your fingers.” Here is Arif’s guide to adapting your approach…

If It’s Blemishes & Breakouts…

Excess oil production is a key cause of blemishes, oil-free formulas will be your best friend. If you have dry patches elsewhere just use the oil-free formula on the breakouts. “I also opt for a concealer with some yellow tones to help colour correct the redness,” adds Arif. “This way I can use less product and get a more flawless result. I love using the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage or Nars Soft Matte Concealer as these both provide full coverage and last all day.”

If It’s Rosacea…

Start applying a lightweight, calming formula, such as Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Cream before you use any makeup. “If I’m covering redness of rosacea I have to accommodate that sometimes rosacea can make the skin feel warm to touch and so firstly I will apply all makeup with brushes, that way my hand heat will not add more warmth to the skin,” says Arif. “Secondly I will want to build up my concealer in thin layers this way the skin can breathe a bit better.” 

When choosing foundations or concealer you are better off choosing a hydrating formula to help soothe the skin and keep the skin comfortable. Look to lighter, breathable formulas that you can build up, such as Erborian CC Creme SPF 25 and Becca Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation.

If It’s A Red Flush…

“If you have redness but neither of the above, you can use any type of foundation or concealer,” says Arif, who still recommends opting for a foundation or concealer that contains some yellow tones. “This works especially great when using a lighter base such as a tinted moisturiser, opting for those yellow tones will even out the skin without you having to apply layer after layer,” Arif adds. Look to Ilia Beauty True Skin Serum Foundation and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. Both are light, buildable and come in a wide range of shades to accommodate all skin tones.

And, If You Have Redness Around Your Eyes…

Some of us have red tones around our eyes, which can leave us looking tired. “Choosing a tinted eyeshadow base such as the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base will ensure that you have the right coverage level to disguise and have a smooth, long-lasting base that will not crease and best of all your mascara will smudge a lot less,” says Arif.

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