April 2017 is Rosacea Awareness Month in Canada, and to mark the occasion the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada has developed a makeup tutorial that physicians can share with patients who have rosacea.
The Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada and a Vancouver makeup artist, Lucinda Holland, teamed up to create a makeup tutorial, “4 Steps to cover up rosacea,” to help those with rosacea feel more comfortable and self-assured.
Holland has mild rosacea with some redness on the cheeks and blemishes on her forehead and chin. She thought the redness was “just my Irish cheeks” until she found out she had rosacea.
(In the before photo, Holland added some redness to her cheeks for the purposes of this tutorial.)
All photos and content courtesy of the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada
Here are the steps you can pass along to your rosacea patients:
Step 1: Apply a primer. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply a primer to provide a barrier between your skin and the makeup. “This is important as many people with rosacea have very sensitive skin. The primer will also help set your makeup in place,” said Holland, in a press release.
How: Dot the primer onto major areas of the face and spread with a wide, soft stipple brush.
Step 2: Use a green concealer. “A green concealer will help to mask out the redness,” she said. Look for a pale green or mint coloured concealer (nothing too dark).
How: Apply gently in lines drawn over the redness. Blend with your finger or a soft sponge.
TIP: Do you have broken blood vessels, red bumps or pimples caused by rosacea? “By using a camouflage brush, you can apply the green concealer to other areas of concern—the corners of the nose to cover broken blood vessels, or to blemishes to reduce the appearance of redness,” Holland said.
Step 3: Apply foundation “Choose a foundation with a little yellow to further conceal the redness,” she advised.
How: Dot the foundation onto major areas of the face. Blend with a medium width, soft brush or a stipple brush.
Step 4: Set with a powder. “If you have oily skin, you can use a pressed powder. Go with a loose powder if you have dry skin,” she recommended.
How: Apply with a wide, soft powder brush or a kabuki brush.