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Color-Correcting Makeup Techniques to Knock Out Redness

If your skin is prone to redness due to rosacea or allergies, or if your cheeks are just a little rosier than you'd like, don't worry; canceling out redness is a cinch. Just take a few minutes to master color-correcting makeup, and you can cut down on redness in just four steps!

If you're looking to cut back on your rosy hue, get ready to embrace the power of neutralization. Colors are best diminished by the color opposite them on the color wheel. Red's opposite is green, so we'll turn to green products to cancel out any unwanted redness. If your redness is more mild, green's cousin yellow can also be effective. But, of course, yellow is most effective against discoloration that veers more toward purple. Let's get started!

Covering Redness: Steps 1-2

1. First, apply a color-correcting makeup primer. Stila One Step Correct cuts down redness like none other, and it's lightweight. This primer has several shades, but green neutralizes redness best.

2. Next, apply It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme to the areas of your face with the most predominant redness. The cream comes in only one universal tone, but it has red-cancelling micro pigments that really help knock out redness. It also contains soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, aloe, and avocado. This may offer all the coverage and concealing you need.

If not, apply foundation with a damp beautyblender. This application method is key as, unlike a brush, it will not further exfoliate or irritate your skin. Try to focus on a stippling motion instead of rubbing—this will also cut down on irritation.

Covering Redness: Steps 3-4

3. Gently dust a yellow-toned setting powder on any area of excess redness. Ben Nye's Banana Powder is a top pro pick. Focus on tapping rather than buffing to keep irritation to a minimum.

4. Use a calming setting spray to set your makeup. Lather Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist is soothing and refreshing.

Just like that, you've bid adieu to redness! For more makeup tutorials from Ivy, check out Wake Up for Makeup


Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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