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Rosacea and make-up: what do I need to consider?

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Have you ever used make-up to try and cover up your rosacea only to feel less than happy at the results? Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror only to realise that the carefully applied make up that you left the house in has vanished and been replaced with a crusty, dry mess?

Join the club.

For many rosacea sufferers, makeup is a non-negotiable part of the management regime. It is an excellent tool for covering up redness and bumps associated with rosacea. However, choosing the right makeup products can be a bit tricky, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Many experts recommend a ‘less is more’ approach. You need to do whatever you need to feel comfortable and confident, but ultimately, the less you put on your skin, the less chance there is of a negative reaction.

Let's take a look at all the component parts of a make-up regime:




A great base for makeup, and it can help reduce redness and even out skin tone. Look for primers that are designed specifically for redness-prone skin. They should contain ingredients like green tea extract, chamomile, and aloe vera, which can soothe inflamed skin.

Green tinted concealer

Excellent for covering up redness. The green colour cancels out the redness, creating a neutral tone. Choose a concealer that is gentle and non-irritating, as harsh formulas can make rosacea symptoms worse.

Mineral foundation

Superb for rosacea-prone skin. They are typically free of irritants and preservatives, making them gentler on sensitive skin. Mineral foundations can also provide excellent coverage, reducing the appearance of redness and bumps.

Yellow tinted powder

After applying your foundation, you can use a yellow-tinted powder to set your makeup. The yellow colour can help neutralise any remaining redness, giving you a flawless finish. Look for powders that are talc-free and non-comedogenic, as these are less likely to cause breakouts.

Cream blush

Better for rosacea-prone skin than powder blushes. They tend to be more moisturising and less drying than powder formulas, which can make your skin look even more inflamed. Cream blushes can also give your skin a dewy, natural-looking glow.


Look for one that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Avoid waterproof formulas, as they can be difficult to remove and may irritate the sensitive skin around your eyes.


Opt for a soft pencil liner instead of a liquid liner. Pencil liners are less likely to irritate your eyes and are easier to apply


Choose a lipstick that is moisturising and non-irritating. Matte lipsticks can be drying and make your lips look even more inflamed. Opt for creamy formulas that contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or vitamin E.

Setting spray

Helps your makeup last longer and prevent it from smudging or rubbing off. Look for sprays that are alcohol-free, as alcohol can be drying and irritating to sensitive skin.

Make-up remover

It's essential to remove your makeup thoroughly every night to prevent irritation and breakouts. Look for gentle makeup removers that are designed for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh formulas that contain alcohol, fragrances, or other irritants.

Choosing the right makeup products can make a significant difference in managing rosacea symptoms.

Look for products that are gentle, non-irritating, and designed for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh formulas that contain fragrances, preservatives, or other irritants. By following these tips, you stand a much better chance of achieving a flawless, natural-looking complexion and feel confident in your skin.

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