Since being diagnosed with rosacea I’ve tried loads of different products in an attempt control and conceal the redness and even underwent laser treatment to (hopefully) banish those annoying bumpy pustules.
I finally seem to have found the right camouflage for the job:
Well, a great camouflage + good lighting…
Here’s the scoop and the steps behind my simple rosacea make-up routine:
This groovy green cover-up is awesome and completely conceals any redness!
alverde naturkosmetik anti-rötung camouflage is the all natural vegan brand available at my local drugstore and is an absolute steal of a deal for a mere €3.45 but I’m certain just about any creamy green concealer will provide a similar result.
A little dab of this really goes a long way and the green fabulously cancels out the red!
Once the red is concealed I simply follow the steps in my natural make-up routine!
Above are my basic (bargain) everday make-up & tools:
concealer stick – tone correcting powder – nude shade eyeshadows – dark brown eyeliner – black mascara – light brown lipliner – nude shade lipstick – powder brush – angled shadow brush – eyelash curler – cotton swabs
Step one – Concealer: I dab concealer under my eyes, on the top of my nose, on my lips & over top of the areas previously covered with the green camouflage.
blend the concealer
quick tip: use your ring finger to blend in a patting motion, as it is your weakest finger it won’t pull & stretch your skin as much which is a definite plus for helping to slow the appearance of fine lines as you get older
*I have fair skin + those annoying areas of rosacea redness and absolutely adore the (bargain priced) tone correcting powder by elf cosmetics
I powder my T-zone and work my way out, up, around & down a bit past my jawline
*Since I don’t wear foundation or thick compact powders I never have to worry about the dreaded make-up-line or cracking-mask look. As my skin matures I’ve discovered that less is definitely better where cosmetics are concerned.
Any remaining redness can be diminished by applying a bit of the green powder – the green cancels out the red, yay!
next curl those lashes (from base to tip)
*a little trick I was shown years ago: curling your lashes before you apply your eye make-up takes away the possibility of having to reapply shadow & eyeliner that has smudged off on the eyelash curler
get lining – instead of trying for a perfect thick line from the get-go (& failing everytime) I draw my liner outline first & then simply fill it in
Hooray for nude tone shadow! I dab a bit of the second lightest shade on that weak little ring finger…
and apply it from just above my liner to slightly above my eyelid crease
*using my right ring finger for my right eye & left ring finger for my left eye ensures an even application
then it’s on to the lightest shade applied and blended from the top of my eyelid crease to just under my eyebrow arch
and another groovy tip: I use that angled brush to apply a dark brown shadow over top of my dark brown liner to prevent liner smudges & keep it looking fresh all day!
pop on some mascara
*I only apply to my top lashes using the roll-the-brush-from-lash-base-to-tips method & give them 4 – 5 coats
get rid of any unsightly excess eye make-up & goo by gently rolling a cotton swab in the corner of your eyes
line those lovely lips
*I start in the center of my cupids bow & draw outwards on each side following the natural outline of my lips then repeat the process on the bottom starting from the center of my lower lip
tip: filling in your lips with liner helps your lipstick stay put loads longer
Apply lipstick (or gloss) the same way as liner – outward from the center