Noticeable skin imperfections can be damaging to a person’s self esteem. Fortunately, if you are female, makeup can be an effective way to enhance your appearance. But it is important that you know how to choose the right product to meet your personal requirements, otherwise the makeup you use may be highlighting your flaws rather than disguising them.
How Do You Know If You Have Rosacea?
Rosacea is characterized mainly by facial flushing. Many women, particularly those with lighter skin tones, are prone to a slight reddening of the cheeks under certain conditions.
This is not rosacea, although being susceptible to flushing can raise your likelihood of developing the skin condition. It is only considered rosacea if the redness becomes persistent.
It often starts out by looking like a person is permanently blushing, but typically resembles sunburn as the condition progressively worsens. The changes in skin tone most commonly affect the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, although it can affect other parts of the face as well in severe cases.
In addition to facial flushing, many sufferers also develop visible blood vessels. As the blood vessels become more prominent, particularly on the cheeks, it can give the illusion of red patches. These can be particularly challenging to disguise without the right makeup products.
The final symptom of rosacea is small pustules. Although these pimples are very similar in appearance to acne, they are not actually the same thing. Acne pustules are characterized by the presence of whiteheads (pus) and blackheads, whereas the pimples which accompany rosacea are more like small red bumps.
You may also find that the affected area feels very sore and may sting, particularly if you apply makeup or skincare products which are unsuitable. If you believe that you have rosacea, it is a good idea to consult a doctor or a dermatologist.
Unfortunately, rosacea is not a condition which can be cured. However, they will be able to prescribe medication which will help to control the symptoms. Choosing the right makeup will also help to improve your appearance and make you more confident.
Using Makeup To Cover Up Rosacea
The most important makeup product when it comes to disguising problem skin is foundation. Look for one which has a yellow undertone, as pinker based hues can make rosacea more noticeable.
If your rosacea is quite serious, it is also worth investing in a primer to wear underneath your foundation. This has the dual benefit of evening out the skin tone and making your makeup last longer.
Finding a product which will add depth and contouring to your face can be much trickier, as blusher can simply make your skin condition look worse.
Most makeup artists recommend that people with conditions such as rosacea forgo blusher and use bronzer instead. This will give the face a healthy glow and will detract from the natural red tones in your skin.
How To Choose The Right Bronzer
A powder based bronzer is better for rosacea than a cream based formula. Partly this is because people with the skin condition may be more prone to oily skin.
A powder will help to both counteract any oiliness and will set the foundation so that the makeup stays looking at its best for longer. Powder formulations are also less likely to cause an adverse reaction if your skin is sensitive.
The second consideration in choosing the perfect bronzer for rosacea is the color. There are many different variations when it comes to bronzers, and one of the biggest factors in whether the product enhances or detracts from your appearance is the tone of the product. As with foundation, you need to steer yourself away from red or pink based formulations and choose a bronzer which is purely based on yellow and brown undertones.
If you suffer from rosacea, it is worth investing more in an expensive brand. The first reason for this is that premium brands genuinely do last longer. Since makeup can be important for boosting self esteem if you have a skin condition, it can be worth investing a little more money in ensuring that the results are long lasting. It can be a false economy to purchase a cheap product which needs to be reapplied every couple of hours.
Cheap bronzers also tend to have a slight shimmer. Glittery makeup products, even ones which have a subtle shine, should be avoided if you have a skin condition. This is because they highlight imperfections.
Once you have found the right product, bronzer should be applied sparingly so that it maintains a natural appearance.
Use a broad brush and sweep it lightly over your forehead, the tip of the chin and the contours of the cheekbones. It may be worth paying for a one to one session with a makeup artist to learn tips for covering up problem skin.