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Red in the face: The well-known saying implies embarrassment as the source of your shade, but sometimes it’s the other way around. Being red-faced may cause you to feel insecure. However, you can cover up almost any skin imperfection with makeup until you’re ready to show off your bare skin again. Keep reading for a step-by-step routine on disguising redness. You’ve got this!
Before piling on the makeup, it’s key to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. You can get burned even on cloudy days, so it’s essential to wear one year-round, rain or shine. If you have sensitive skin, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25, an oil-free lotion that helps to hydrate and soothe sensitive skin.
It’s all about that base. To mask redness, start with a green-hued primer. Learning to color correct is all about utilizing your knowledge of the color wheel. Red and green sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, which means that these colors can be used to help counteract one another. Try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer. Spread a thin layer of product onto your face and gently massage it onto your skin. While you can wear it alone, you can also wear it under makeup if needed.
Take the green to the next level with a color correcting concealer. Applying a green cream might seem intimidating at first, but just keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Remember to use product sparingly and start by applying a small amount to red areas. Blend the color in, until obvious green splotches have disappeared to reveal a more even-looking skin tone. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four pastel concealer shades, including green.
After correcting, follow up with a concealer that perfectly matches your skin tone. For blendable coverage, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, using quick dabbing and rolling motions.
Adding a layer of foundation will give your makeup a seamless look. To camouflage any redness that might still be showing, use a full coverage foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, which offers long-lasting coverage with a weightless feel.
Finish face makeup with a powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, which gives skin a matte finish.
Don’t throw all your obscuring efforts to the wind by using the wrong color of blush. Avoid shades with warm undertones, which may only serve to emphasize redness. Instead, look for pops of color that have cool undertones, such as the L’Oréal True Match™ Blush in Baby Blossom or Spiced Plum.
Similarly to choosing the wrong shade of blush, the wrong lipstick shade may only bring more attention to your redness. That means red lipstick is out. Instead of wearing red, try rocking a natural-looking lip like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude.
The last thing you want to do is sleep in your makeup. When you do that, it can mix with the dirt and oil that has built up on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores. To make things easy on yourself, use micellar water—a gentle, no-rinse cleansing option—to take off your makeup. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes—and, it’s suitable for sensitive skin. Just pour some onto a cotton round and wipe the pad across your face.