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What Causes Skin Redness and How to Hide It

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What Causes Skin Redness and How to Hide It What Causes Skin Redness and How to Hide It What Causes Skin Redness and How to Hide It

Red in the face: The well-known saying implies embarrassment as the source of your shade, but sometimes it’s the other way around. Having skin redness may cause you to feel insecure. However, much to our relief, you can cover up almost any skin imperfection with the help of face makeup products like foundation and color-correcting concealer. That way, you can keep the skin redness out of sight until you’re ready to show off your bare skin again. Keep reading for a step-by-step makeup routine to disguise skin redness. But first, find out what skin redness is—and what causes it.


Unless you’re colorblind, it shouldn’t take much more than a mirror to determine whether or not you have skin redness. Skin redness refers to any reddening of the skin. So, if you spot a rosy hue marking your cheeks or around your nose, that counts!


If you struggle to pinpoint the source of your skin redness, you aren’t alone. That’s because there are a myriad of reasons why your skin might look red. These reasons range from slight irritations, where the redness won’t last for more than a couple of days, to persistent skin conditions. To be more specific, skin redness can be the result of any of the following: using too harsh of a facial cleanser, over exfoliating, getting a chemical peel, and acne. And those aren’t the only causes! Hence why it can be a serious challenge to name the cause of your skin redness. If you want to get to the bottom of what’s causing yours, head to a dermatologist. Then, they can help with finding a skin care routine.


Now that you’re in the know about identifying skin redness and the many possible causes for it, you’re free to move on to hiding it. No one has to know! Follow the next eight steps to effectively disguise any skin redness.

Step 1: Wear SPF to Protect Skin from the Sun

Before piling on the makeup, it’s key to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. And remember, you can get burned even on cloudy days, so it’s essential to wear one year-round, rain or shine. Plus, just think of how red you’ll be after getting burned! That’s the last thing you need.

If you have want to streamline your routine with fewer skin care products, use a moisturizer that offers sun protection, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. Formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 30 and glycolic acid, this hydrating moisturizer can help skin appear more radiant. And who doesn’t want that?

Step 2: Use Primer to Prep Your Skin

It’s all about that base. To mask skin 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 primer 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. 

Step 3: Neutralize Skin Redness with Color Correcting Concealer

Take the green to the next level with a color correcting concealer. Applying a green concealer might seem intimidating at first, but just keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Start by dotting a small amount of the L'Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Concealer in Green onto red areas. Then, blend the color in, until obvious green splotches have disappeared to reveal a more even-looking skin tone.

Step 4: Add Concealer Over Top for Extra Coverage

After correcting, follow up with a concealer that perfectly matches your skin tone to further hide skin redness. For blendable coverage, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Multi-Use Concealer with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, using quick dabbing and rolling motions. Now you can rest assured you won’t have a witchy hue from any unblended green concealer!

Step 5: Follow with Foundation to Hide Everything

Adding a layer of foundation will give your makeup a seamless look. To camouflage any skin redness that might still be showing, use a full coverage foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, which offers staying power with a weightless feel. Apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender to ensure even coverage.

Step 6: Set with Face Powder to Lock in Your Look

Finish your face makeup by dusting on a translucent face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, which will help your makeup look last. Seriously, don’t skip this step! We’d hate to see skin redness reappearing as your makeup fades throughout the day.  

Editor’s tip: Still worried about how long your makeup will stay put? Calm your nerves with a few spritzes of makeup setting spray. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

Step 7: Apply Cool-Toned Blush–Not Warm

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 skin 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. Our line of blush is conveniently labeled with their undertones, so you aren’t at risk of accidentally selecting a warm shade!

Step 8: Stick with a Neutral Lipstick

Similarly to choosing the wrong shade of blush, the wrong lipstick shade may only bring more attention to your skin redness. That means red lipstick is out. Instead of wearing red, try rocking a natural-looking lip like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Sweet Toothor L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glossy Fawn. When you’re trying to go undercover with your makeup, there’s no need to rock an over the top lip color.


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. No need for any harsh rubbing—which might leave skin looking even more red.

There’s a chance your skin redness is due to the fact that you have sensitive skin! If that’s the case for you, head on over to our article on the 5 Skin Care Rules for Sensitive Skin Types.