Best makeup for red skin

Redness or red skin coloration is the appearance of red on the skin. This can be skin discoloration in the blood due to damage, inflammation, infection or other underlying condition, or a complexion that is naturally more reddish. Skin exhibiting redness may appear flushed, pink, or otherwise visually brighter than healthy skin.

If you have red skin, it’s important to choose the right makeup so that it won’t accentuate any of your skin’s natural redness. Here are some tips for finding the perfect makeup for your skin tone:

  1. Choose neutral colors that won’t clash with your complexion.
  2. Use a matte foundation, as it will help to minimize any shine on your face.
  3. Use a concealer that matches the color of your skin, but is slightly lighter than normal to create a natural-looking glow.
  4. Use a powder blush in a color that matches your cheeks (this will help to even out any discoloration).

Best makeup for red skin

Skin Prep

The number one thing every esthetician and makeup artist preaches is the importance of skin preparation before applying your makeup. According to the experts, this can make or break your routine. Below is a quick overview of the products that help calm my skin down before any makeup even touches my face.


Powerglow Peel Pads


Vanessa actually recommended these PowerGlow Peel Pads to me the first time I saw her for a facial, and my skin hasn’t been the same since. Once a week at night, I wipe the pre-soaked pad over my face, neck, and décolletage and wake up with calm, clear, glowing skin. Combining glycolic and salicylic acids, vitamin K, lavender, and chamomile, these exfoliating pads help improve the skin’s texture while also calming and soothing any irritation. I typically shy away from acids, but this product truly shocked me (in a good way). 

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Hydrating Face Mist


This hydrating face mist by cult-favorite brand Dr. Barbara Sturm contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to help gives skin a major boost of moisture.

IS Clinical

Pro-Heal Advance Serum


This miracle product from IS Clinical combines vitamin C, vitamin E, and olive leaf extract to protect the skin against UV rays and environmental aggressors. I typically can’t use most vitamin C serums, since they irritate my skin, but this is my hero product. The vitamin E and olive leaf extract balance out the vitamin C, so I get all of the skin-protecting benefits with none of the sensitivity. It actually helps heal red, itchy, or irritated skin and can relieve cystic acne. Even with the steep price tag, I can’t recommend this product enough.


Phyto Corrective Gel


I use this soothing gel every morning as part of my skincare routine, and it immediately relieves redness and calms my skin, leaving a much more neutral palette to work with when going to apply my makeup. 

Makeup Products


CC Color Correcting & Redness Reducing Broad Spectrum SPF 25


I have two words for this product: game changer. This is another recommendation from the skin angel Vanessa Hernandez, who explained to me it’s a green formula that helps neutralize redness while adjusting to your skin tone. She called it a “star product,” but I totally underestimated just how good it is. It completely corrects redness while also concealing imperfections and leaves your skin looking radiant. I’ve been using this as a primer as the very last step of my skincare routine but before I apply any other makeup. 

If I’m just running errands, I actually use only this product in lieu of makeup, as the lightweight formula evens out my skin tone enough to make me feel 100% confident leaving the house without anything heavier. There was a time when I swore by Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Treatment that gives a similar result, but I prefer dewy skin, and Dr. Jart was too matte for me. Erborian’s CC Red Correct works just as well with covering redness but doesn’t leave my skin feeling matte or dry. 


CC Crème Radiance Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF25


Another miracle product from Erborian, the CC Crème is usually the next step in my makeup routine if I need a bit more coverage. It’s super lightweight yet completely evens out your skin tone and gives you the most amazing glow. Your skin still looks (and feels!) completely natural, and I get compliments every single time I wear it.

Koh Gen Do

Maifanshi Makeup Color Base


If I’m applying an actual foundation, I always use this color base first. Right after my primer (I love Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer for a real lit-from-within glow), I use a bit of this green formula over my cheeks right near my nose, my chin, and on my forehead between my eyebrows, as those tend to be the areas with the most redness. Then I blend it into my skin with my Beautyblender and—boom!—redness is gone. I then apply my foundation right on top of it, and you would never know of my typical rosy status. 

Koh Gen Do

Aqua Foundation


If you haven’t tried Koh Gen Do’s famous Aqua Foundation, I highly recommend you do. The medium-coverage, buildable formula gives you perfect-looking skin that could easily be mistaken as your own. It’s super lightweight, and the cooler undertone in my shade (213) neutralizes any remaining redness I have. Now, I realize it’s not cheap, but a little goes a long way, so it does last a lot longer than most foundations.

Giorgio Armani Beauty

Luminous Silk Foundation


Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation has reached cult status for a reason. Its medium coverage hides imperfections while still looking totally natural on your skin. It’s one of my all-time favorite foundations, and it works wonders at covering rosacea and uneven skin tone. 

Laura Mercier

Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation


My final foundation recommendation is Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion. It’s a long-wear formula that stays looking fresh all day, which is usually a struggle for me. This has the most coverage of the three, so I usually save this one for events like weddings when I’ll need to be looking my best for hours on end (with tons of photos guaranteed to take place). 

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