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The Best Makeup for Rosacea in 2021

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Looking for the best makeup for rosacea? In this article, we’ll share the must-have makeup products for rosacea.

To get redness or rosacea flareups under control, it’s best to start with topical treatments like azelaic acid or vasoconstrictors to stop redness at the source. Alongside those topical treatments, the next best way to feel more confident in your skin is makeup.

Makeup can change anyone’s confidence level. But for those with rosacea, it can be a game-changer. 

When you’re looking for the best makeup for rosacea, you might only be thinking of foundations -- but there can be a lot more to it if you want to really neutralize redness. 

Let’s get into everything to consider when picking the best makeup for rosacea. 

Redness color corrector primer

Primers are used as a base for foundation. Some are shimmery, matte, or dewy. There are also green color correction primers.

Don’t let the green scare you away. On the color wheel, green is the opposite of red -- so green primers or concealers cancel out red pigment. 

As a starting point for your makeup routine for rosacea, you could color correct with an anti-redness primer. This helps neutralize redness at the base of your routine, building on that will only increase your redness control. 

These are our color correcting primer picks for 2021: 

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF 15

NYX Color Correcting Liquid Primer

Tinted mineral sunscreen 

Another way to start your base is by using tinted sunscreen. We all know that those with rosacea need to prioritize sun protection, so this is two birds with one stone. 

Mineral sunscreen is going to be less likely to be irritating to sensitive skin vs. a chemical sunscreen. 

With a nice tint, this sunscreen helps to blur redness starting at your base layer. 

Our top pick for mineral tinted  sunscreen for rosacea:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50.

Read more about our sunscreen recommendations.

Redness color correcting concealer 

When it comes to the best makeup for rosacea, color correction really is the top dog. Concealers are concentrated products so they have high coverage yields. The before and after photos of color-correcting makeup are pretty amazing. Is it magic, or is it color correcting? 

These concealers are tinted green to help neutralize and cancel out pesky red tones all day.

Our top concealers picks are long wearing for all-day wear:

REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops

Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Color-Correcting Concealer Cream

High coverage, long stay foundation

If you’re neutralizing redness you really don’t want that to fail on you mid-day -- you want an all-day foundation that stays put. 

Foundations are also famously irritating to those with rosacea. Many contain chemicals that are irritating. Our picks include products that have been widely approved by your rosacea fellows. 

These are both mineral-based pigments and offer some added sun protection which are some important factors to consider. 

These are our top long stay makeup for rosacea:

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation With SPF 25 16-hour wear

Mineral powder foundation 

Mineral powder foundation can be used to either top off a color-correcting concentrate, foundation, or tinted sunscreen. It can also be used on its own! 

Powder helps to keep makeup in place and helps it last as long as possible. So even if you don’t use a mineral-tinted powder, a simple banana powder is a good idea for make-up longevity. 

Mineral makeup is great for moderate coverage and since it’s made out of minerals, there is a low risk of irritation for those with sensitive skin. 


Glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Powder Foundation

Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 

Fight redness at the source with vasoconstriction cream

For some, rosacea redness is caused by abnormal blood vessel dilation (type 1). If you have persistent blushing, flushing, and redness, a vasoconstrictor cream may help narrow blood vessels under the skin which lessens redness.  

For those with more acne-like rosacea (papulopustular type 2) lessening facial inflammation and clearing those small blemishes with medicated topical creams is a great way to lessen rosacea symptoms. 

Here at Strut Health, we formulate custom rosacea topical medications to fit your specific needs. 

We offer the most affordable rosacea vasoconstrictor cream, so if you’ve been priced out of that solution before -- try Strut Heath

You can consult with our team online and if we find you’re a good fit, we’ll ship your prescription to your door.  

If your rosacea symptoms have you bummed, using a great topical medication, and reducing triggers can greatly reduce symptoms. In addition, include a little bit of the best makeup for rosacea and you’ll be back to strutting your stuff in no time at all!  

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