Post # 1
So, I have rosacea, am clueless about how to put on makeup, and am getting married in June. Starting LAST June I began trying products to cover AND to look good in photographs, and have come up with exactly two things that I can use on my skin without causing breakouts/allergies, and that cover my redness in photos. Those products are Maybelline concealer (in a stick, from drugstore) and Stila Stay All Day foundation and concealer, with no SPF (to which I am very allergic). However, used together, after a few hours, my face looks like it has cracked dried mud on it. *sigh*
Any advice on products? Any good tutorials on youtube or anywhere?
Post # 2
Astra: Are you using anything clinical for the rosacea? Mine is pretty bad on my nose/cheeks. Makeup never did a lot until I started seeing a derm and found a med that worked pretty well. It takes a few weeks to start working but may be something to consider. Ever since then I’ve had good luck with True Match by Loreal (I’m cheap!). I also like Too Faced products.
Post # 3
springbride23: I tried about ten different medications/creams over the years, none helped and some made it worse. If I keep out of the sun and wind, and eliminate spices and tomatoes, I don’t have flare ups, but still have quite a bit of redness every day.
I haven’t tried the products you mentioned, I will put them on my list. Thank you for your advice!!
Post # 4
Have you looked into airbrush makeup? I use a TEMPTU system to cover my rosacea and it looks – and feels! – amazing. It took a bit to get used to applying, but the coverage is really natural looking.
Post # 5
Ugh… I feel your pain. A GP told me about Clinque’s Redness Solutions range, which has a concealer too. It has been really great for my skin.
I also use rosehip oil at night to help keep my rosacea at bay. It has the added benefit of moisturising and keeping my smile lines at bay.
Best of luck finding some products that work well with your skin!
Post # 6
Girl, I feel you. Honestly, if you really want to work to reduce the redness, I think the cheapest ways involve altering diet. Sugary foods and alcohol are my main triggers for redness. So maybe cut back on those in the weeks leading up to the wedding (and then let them eat cake!).
Also, staying out of the sun or wearing a hat, especially if you can’t wear sunscreen. I’d actually go see a dermatologist to see if there’s a very gentle form of sunscreen you could use. Perhaps it’s not the SPF but the zinc/titanium dioxide in many sunscreens that irritates your skin?
For moisturizers, I’ve been using a combination of the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer and the (more expensive, but worth it), Rosacea Care Willowherb Moisturizer. The latter has really helped contain my redness. For cleansing, I’ve used the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanse, Kinerase Cleanser, and the Say Yes to Cucumbers Cleanser. I think all are great for sensitive skin; the Aveeno is my favorite.
My skin started to improve once I started to avoid products with salicylic acid. Once you check the labels, you see it’s in everything, especially Neutrogena products. I try to avoid really heavy make up for everyday use — I love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and the L’oreal Mineral Powder. I’m also looking into using the heavier Dermablend foundation for the day of the wedding. Good luck and let me know if you find anything that works!
Post # 7
Maybe try the Estee Lauder Double Wear…it covers incredibly well and will stay put all day which is perfect for wedding day. It is a bit heavy so I use a flat top foundation buffing brush to put small amounts on my skin at a time and blend in for a more natural (but very polished) finish. Worth getting a sample to see if it works for your skin or not.
Post # 8
I also have mild roseacea. My dermatologist put me on Metrogel when it was really flared up and it helped tremendously. (Now it’s mild). Anyway I still have a lot of pink in my nose and cheeks. I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup but have found a few items I love to camouflage my redness. First I use Diane Young red neutralizer just on my cheeks and nose. Then I apply a light layer of my Temptu airbrush foundation. It lasts all day and evens me out without looking like makeup. You cannot “see” the foundation, just my even skin tone. Love it!
Best of luck to you, I know how frustrating this can be! By the way, I got my Temptu system on QVC, they had it on special for a lower price than the Temptu website and they give you a full 30 days to try it out or return for a full refund if it’s not right for you.
Post # 9
Astra: For a foundation, maybe you could try Kat Von D’s Lock-it Tattoo foundation? I hear it’s really good with coverage, although it might be too drying on your skin if you normally have dry skin.
Post # 10
I am allergic to a lot of makeup and have ridiculously sensitive skin. I have tried samples of MAC and Makeup forever which everyone recommends here, and within 5 minutes it makes my skin bright red and feel like it is burning. Other liquid makeups really look fakey to me.
I’ve decided to go with mineral makeup. I know everyone on here says no mineral makeup, but some mineral makeup does work in photos. I like everyday minerals and rejuva minerals- both have no SPF which is what you want to look for in a mineral makeup (bare minerals has a high SPF and should be avoided). I actually like using the everyday minerals which has better coverage on bottom, and the rejuva minerals on top. The rejuva minerals is completely unique and gives skin an amazing smooth texture and doesn’t have the skin looking dry like most mineral makeups, but it doesn’t have as full of a coverage.
The other thing with mineral makeups is you have to blend insanely well. What can look blended in real life won’t at all in flash photography. The best way to see that it is blended is to check what it looks like in a quick flash photo. And like any other makeup, proper primer and makeup setter is required. I love the L’oreal Magic lumi primer, and everyday minerals finishing dust.
Also- try checking http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ for makeup health concerns. They also judge potential allergens, and it is really helpful. I’d try trying samples at Sephora or ordering samples from natural makeup companies online to try and see how your skin reacts. If it reacts well, try taking photos with and without flash and in different kinds of lighting and see how they look.
Another random tip, is that I found out that my face reacts to tap water. I’ve been washing my face with distilled water and spraying distilled water on my face after showers for a couple years and that has kept my skin less red and clearer than the countless prescribtion medications I tried.
Post # 11
Luce587: I’m going to ditto this. Clinique’s redness solutions stuff is great, just avoid the primer if you’re allergic to spf. The cleanser and moisturizer don’t have any and they are amazing for making your face clean but not dry or red. I usually notice a difference within a week or so, even with just the cleanser (too cheap right now to get the moisturizer lol).
No idea if it’ll help or not, but I found that mineral powder makeups worked best. Everything else looked muddy or flaky on me, but mineral powder applied with a foundation brush is great. Plus a primer, of course.
Post # 12
I also have rosacea issues (as does my mom). I’m allergic to a lot of different creams/foundations and am particular. I use a Vichy balm on my face every day which is awesome. Really takes care of any dryness. I also use the Clinque’s Redness Solutions line and am loving it. Started with the foundation and recently picked up the primer as well. It works really well. My mom started using it as well and she also loves it.
Post # 13
Sigh, I feel your pain! I have mild rosacea and fair skin that tends to be dry, but my rosacea has super flared up lately because I’ve tried a couple of different skincare products and my wedding is about 2 months away. I’m having a MUA (also my hairdresser) do my makeup, but I’m going to try out different facial primers and foundations in the next couple of weeks to take to her to use. I’m between health insurance and can’t get on a rx for anything from a dermatologist right now, so I’m just trying to be extra gentle on my skin. I use Cereve cleanser, La Roche Posay Rosaliac moisturizer (a little pricy but gets the job done and is green!), and Aveeno positively radiant tinted moisturizer for everyday use, but I know I want something more full-coverage on the day of. Rosacea can be so frustrating and I can’t buy anything that doesn’t have a good return policy or that I can get a sample of first, or basically I just throw money down the drain. Let us know if you find a good foundation, and I’ll post an update if I find something that works!
Post # 14
Astra: You are using cheap makeup so stop that. Also, you need to start taking care of the skin and worry about the makeup later. First Aid beauty is a cheap brand at sephora that does wonder for skin with Rosacea. Also, hit up organic health food store. Avoid products with Hyluronic Acid or sodium hyaluronate- it’s a humectant that can irritate rosacea along with retina A and glycholic acid. And what you will need to use is good quality concealing products and layers of them.
On clean, moisturized skin, prime your makeup. I like Hourglass primer- No. 28 is oil based and super hydrating. I use it everyday even without makeup. Their mineral veil primer is waterproof.
Next is concealer. Normally you do this last, but in your case use it first and last (layers). I love NARS concealers. There is also a brand called Dermablend found in Ulta. Their colors can be off, but if they have your shade, they are awesome. It is the brand meant to hide tatoos and scars. No joke.
Use a good foundation. This is tricky because so many foundations have crazy ingredients. I honestly don’t know which one would work best for you. I like hourglass, but they have been reformulating their foundations. Urban Decay skin foundation is phenomenal and they are a vegan line, so I’m pretty sure it’s safe to use without any more irritation.
Finish with concealer again if needed. Bare Minerals is a joke, I don’t know why people use it or recommend it. It cracks me up when people say it made them stop breaking out, because it isn’t makeup that causes breakouts, it’s bacteria on your face. The most common cause of breakouts is dirty brushes. They probably noticed a different because they went from using a liquid brush or worse, fingers or sponges, to a powder brush that doesn’t hold onto liquid that causes bacteria growth. I hate that brand, it makes women look older and gives them “dead face”. And it’s a gimmick- their “testimonials” are always shot through a filtered lense to make the skin look less flat than it does in real life. Anyway, if you want to finish with a powder, I like Smashbox Halo powder. It’s also mineral base, but they use real mica as opposed to the synthetic mica found in other mineral powders. It’s expensive, but last forever. And if you really want to go big, you can never fail with Guerlain powder. I love Meteorlites.
Post # 15
Try Arbonne – no harsh chemicals or animal products. A lot of people have sensitivities to animal fats, and they are used in a lot of cosmetics as fillers or to make the product creamier. Check out the Arbonne website and see if any of their stuff appeals 🙂