Friday, July 22, 2011

Your best BLUSH.........for Rosacea and all

We blush naturally, dont we? At an event when someone praises us too much, or we are embarassed or when we play or at the gym anywhere? That natural blush is because of a flush of capillaries just under the skin to give a rosy appearance.

This flush for sometime looks amazing especially on babies but what if it persists and stays throughout the day.........No then that flush is something to worry about. That flush is Rosacea.

Rosacea is unknown to anyone though people aka scientists and doctors try to define it in all the possible ways. Sometimes acne appear over a rosy red skin and are called Acne Rosacea. Rosacea aka Persistent Redness is not much understood though we can predict the factors that aggravate the skin's redness.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids. It may appear as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, swelling, or skin eruptions similar to acne.

Sun exposure especially during peak hours followed by a rash and eruptions
  • Irritation to fragrance and fragrance in a cosmetic product
  • Eating spicy food especially chillies, cinnamon and pepper.
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Heavy Exercise
  • Embarassing incidences, fever and so many more.
Unfortunately it happens to fairer skins with lesser melanin and get that "flushed rosy" appearance but Indian skins too suffer from it. Now using soothing products and good quality fragrance free cosmetics and sunscreens do take care of rosacea but what about occassions?

You cannot take a red face and face people right? Here's when makeup comes to rescue. Makeup techniques are very advanced now a days to help rosacea and I'm going to suggest the ones easily available in India and can be used by anyone who is reading this.

  1. Moisturize with a natural, paraben free, fragrance free and oil free moisturizer after using a soothing cleanser. Clinique's Redness solutions is an amazing line to try and soon shall help those rosacea truck ladies and guys.
  2. Use a "green" underbase in minty green color. Green counteracts the redness and corrects rosacea virtually but remember to use very less and only where the concern is. Green or mint green color correctors are know to make the skin look washed out and pale so use wisely. Clinique redness solution sunscreen SPF 15, MUFE HD Primer in Green, Shiseido Control Color Stick SPF 15 and Chanel concealers have green in them and Inglot makes a good one too. Well, to apply a green concealer or corrector just spread it only in the areas of rosacea patches and point conceal on red marks if you dont have many. This is done for deeper rosacea. For lighter rosacea a yellow based foundation works too.
  3. Sometimes rosacea I have seen does look a bit magenta-ish with strong lilac undertones and in such cases a yellow based corrector or concealer suffices.
  4. For foundations, choose light weight oil free foundations with a bit of yellow tone. I like Clinique Prefectly Real Foundation in Shades 65 and 66 which has this amazing yellow pigment and are good enough to impart a flawless matte complexion with medium to buildable coverage. The Shiseido O Ochre Series are good for their strong yellow undertones while MAC Studio Select foundation is a staple if needed. MAC discontinued its Face and Body foundation but Makeup Forever makes one that can be used over their HD primer too.
  5. Remember less is more. So dont dab layers and layers of foundations to look cakey and chalky. Just apply color correctors and bit of foundation or concealer wherever needed and dust some powder with an ultra soft brush to set it.
  6. Now come color choices. Choose warm colors over cooler colors as the latter may enhance the redness. Avoid pinks and purples and blues wherever you can and a red is a complete no no if it has blue undertones. Go for bright corals, peaches, oranges, golds, bronzes etc. Apply lots of mascaras to the top lashes to draw attention and opt for gold based lipglosses over lipsticks. Do the eye makeup really well and you are ready to face the world

Certain makeup products I like;

  • Chanel Le Tissage in Tweed Corail
  • MAC Powder blushes in Melba, Peachykeen and Style
  • CLinique Blushing BLush in Precious Posy, Innocent Peach and Fresh Bloom color in ALmond Blossom
  • Shiseido Hydro powder eyeshadows
  • MAC single eyeshadow in Woodwinked, Expensive Pink, Tempting, Bronze, Embark etc.
  • Lipglosses from Clarins are really flattering and have a balm like effect.
  • For budget buyers opt for lovely warm colors from Bourjois and Max Factor
  • Revlon makes some amazing lip formulations so try them out and so does Loreal and The Body Shop.

To sum up, Rosacea is not a disease, its a condition that needs correction. I know this article is not sufficient but I shall be writing more about rosacea time to time in my makeup looks and skin care reviews.

Try to take a chance and change the life of your frustrated with rosacea friend, you'd do the best thing that could alter their lives.

Till then,


PS: Have a look at these amazing videos from EVE PEARL to hide rosacea.


  1. There are some tips to clear skin that you can wash your face with warm water and make sure you don't scrub too hard but nice and lightly as to not irritate the skin.

    Rosacea Stories

  2. Washing your face with warm water can just increase the redness and not have any benefits while scrubs are out of question!!


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