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How to Conceal Nose Redness with Makeup

December 21, 2018

Winter weather can bring on a host of issues for your complexion, from dry skin to chapped lips. One other issue that cold air can cause: nose redness. And while it can be a cute look to rock a rosy-toned nose, at least for a while, sometimes you just need to cover it up. Not sure where to start? There’s more to it than just applying concealer. Read on to learn how to conceal nose redness with makeup, plus our best product picks to add into your makeup arsenal.


In addition to cold weather, nose redness can also be caused by allergies or a rosacea flare-up, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. More often than not, red-colored noses occur during cold and flu season and are caused simply by the repeated wiping of the area with tissues.


Here’s our step-by-step guide on how best to conceal nose redness with makeup:

Step 1: Prime your skin

Whatever makeup look you’re going to apply, it’s always a good idea to apply a primer onto your skin as the very first step. Before you reach for your makeup primer, be sure you’re starting with clean skin that’s been moisturized with a facial moisturizer. Then, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer and use your fingers to apply an even layer onto your entire complexion, paying extra attention to areas that are prone to becoming oily, such as your forehead, nose, and chin.

Step 2: Lay down your base

Generally, the next step in any makeup routine is to apply an even layer of foundation as your base. When your focus for your makeup is to help cover up redness, whether it be on the nose, cheeks, or anywhere else, it’s best to pick a foundation that’s formulated to provide medium to full coverage that will last throughout the entire day, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. Simply apply an even layer of the foundation all over your complexion using your fingers or a brush. Before you move onto the next step, use a makeup blender, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, to make sure your foundation is spread evenly over the entirety of your complexion and blended well. 

Quick note: Since we’re talking specifically about how to conceal nose redness, we’re going to gloss over the other steps of your makeup routine—such as eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara—and focus only on masking redness. So, you can move onto the next step either before or after you’ve applied your eye makeup—it’s totally your choice!

Step 3: Conceal the red

Once you’ve laid down your foundation, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of concealing the red areas on your nose. To conceal nose redness, we recommend choosing a concealer that’s formulated to provide full coverage and stay put on your skin for hours upon hours without budging or smudging. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage in a shade that matches your skin tone as perfectly as possible. To apply, use your finger or a makeup brush to dab the concealer onto the bridge and the sides of your nose, then blend it out with a makeup blender.

Step 4: Contour your nose shape

Contouring isn’t just for shaping—it can also go a long way in helping to conceal redness. To see for yourself, reach for a concealer that’s one to two shades darker than your skin tone, then use it to draw thin lines down either side of your nose. Reach for your makeup blender again and blend everything together—using light dabbing and bouncing motions.

Step 5: Add a powder finish

Another step you won’t want to forget when your goal is to conceal nose redness is face powder, and it’s best applied as the very last face makeup product—after your foundation, concealer and contouring shades are all taken care of. Reach for a powder makeup brush and apply the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder onto the bridge of your nose, as well as your forehead, chin, and cheeks.

Step 6: Set your look

The final step in any makeup routine should always be to set the look with a setting spray. After all, once you’ve put the time into applying your face makeup, why wouldn’t you take a few extra seconds to help ensure that it will actually stay on your face throughout the day? Spritz skin with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray in an X & T motion, holding the product about eight to ten inches away from your face. Just four to six sprays will do the job.

Now that you know how to conceal redness, want to learn more face makeup tricks and tips? Here’s 12 Foundation and Concealer Mistakes You Could Be Making.

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