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How Do I Choose the Best Redness Concealer?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

Redness concealer can help reduce the appearance of facial redness caused by rosacea and other skin conditions. To choose the best product for your skin, consider your skin type and tone as well as the amount of coverage that you need. Investigate yellow-based concealers, as these are often most effective at covering up redness. If possible, try samples of several different brands and concealer types before making your purchase.

Concealer is a highly pigmented cosmetic that is designed to blend into your skin and cover discoloration and imperfections. It is often used in conjunction with foundation and facial powder to minimize the appearance of skin redness. You will typically have two options when choosing a redness concealer. The first is to select a standard concealer that is about two shades lighter than your skin tone. Your other option is what is sometimes described as a neutralizing concealer, which is typically yellow in color. In either case, you will usually also have to choose between a liquid or cream concealer.

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If your redness is severe, you may find that a neutralizing concealer provides the best coverage for your skin. Some people, however, have found that these intensely yellow products can be too obvious on their skin. If you are one of them, look for a standard redness concealer that has a yellow cast but is not overtly yellow. This may be sufficient for concealing discoloration.

When testing concealers, be sure to try them with whatever foundation and powder that you typically use. If the concealer is too thick, it may actually draw attention to the fact that you are trying to conceal a skin flaw. In situations where you need to use concealer on more than one area of your face, such as under your eyes, you may decide to purchase two separate concealers if you find that different products work better on certain areas.

Skin inflammation can be caused or aggravated by a number of things, including cosmetics. When selecting a redness concealer, be aware that it may contain ingredients that can irritate your skin, exacerbating redness. If you notice that your skin is becoming irritated while using a redness concealer, discontinue its use and find another product. In some cases, you may realize that your redness is severe enough that cosmetics no longer effectively correct it. If this is your situation, seek medical advice for managing and treating your condition.

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Something that I find annoying is that every time I find a redness concealer that I like it seems to get discontinued. And it's not always easy to find another, similar product.

Finally my friend showed me that instead of trying to find the perfect color to suit my skin, I could just use two colors which are close and blend them to the right shade.

It sounds difficult but it's not really. And if you do it this way, you'll be able to easily adjust to any kind of changes in your skin, whether it gets paler or darker as the seasons change.


@browncoat - I believe there are products that are made specifically to make pores look smaller but not necessarily fill them. I think in a lot of cases they've been combined with the same products that reduce redness, as, like you say, the two issues often go hand in hand.

I've just resigned myself to my pores. To be honest, I think I make much more of a big deal of them than anyone else does. I doubt that anyone else ever even notices them, in fact.

At the most I'll put a bit of redness concealer and some powder on, but usually I'll use one of those bronzers that generally evens out skin tone and just leave it at that.

The most important thing to remember is that if you are going to put this kind of thing on your skin, you have to take it off again at the end of the day.

Otherwise you'll have more than redness and big pores to deal with.


My problem is that along with the redness comes enlarged pores. I've always felt like putting a concealer on only makes the pores look more obvious, as it kind of outlines them so people can see them more clearly.

I've heard of special pore fillers that are supposed to provide a base for a concealer so that your skin ends up looking completely smooth, but I've always been too afraid to try them. I mean, the reason you get pimples is that pores get clogged up, deliberately filling them with a substance seems like courting danger to me. And it might make them more inflamed and eventually larger as well.

I'd rather just do what I can to reduce the redness and the pores rather than try to cover them up and make the whole thing look worse.

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