I'd always heard that to combat red skin, use a green concealer. I tend to get a bit red on my cheeks and around my nose and have always piled on more and more foundation to no avail. The red was never covered enough to my liking and would become more noticeable as the day went on. A few months ago, I decided to suck it up, admit the five layers of foundation wasn't working, and buy a green concealer. I decided to go with Maybelline's Cover Stick Green Concealer mainly because it was cheap and wasn't a scary shade of green. It's very light and I figured it would be easy to blend so I wouldn't look like a martian.
After buying it, I lost the nerve to use it. You know that nightmare that everyone has where they're standing in front of a group of people in their underwear? I don't have that one; my nightmare consists of me leaving the house without blending my makeup to the point where I look like I'm wearing a mask. Because of that nagging fear, I was afraid I wouldn't know how to blend the green and would wind up looking like Frankenstein. So the concealer sat in my makeup drawer for weeks.
I finally found the courage to try it out last week when my red skin was becoming even more irritated from wiping my nose so much. The redness was becoming unbearable and I couldn't stand the caked on feeling my foundation was starting to have. I pulled out the Maybelline concealer and instantly wished I'd had sooner; it has done wonders for my complexion! Not only is the red completely erased but the lighter color almost works as a highlighter and makes my skin look refreshed and glowing. I apply it to the middle of my cheeks, down the straight part of my nose, around my nostrils (this area gets so red from tissues!) and a tiny bit under my eyes to hide my dark circles. To ensure the green is completely covered in, blend lightly with your finger and check your face in natural light to make sure there are no uneven, noticeable areas. I've found the best order to apply my makeup in is moisturizer, primer (not everyday), liquid foundation, Maybelline concealer, and then a light dusting of matte pressed powder foundation to absorb oil and give your makeup a 'finished' look.
The concealer comes in tube form, like lipstick and has a creamy feel. I apply it right from the tube and blend with my fingers. Keep in mind that less is more; too much of this concealer will make your skin look very pale and the creamy consistency will make it hard to wash off right away and start over. Apply a small amount at first, blend, and then add more if needed. The concealer is available wherever they sell Maybelline and runs about five dollars.
I'm giving this concealer five out of five stars because of how pleased I've been with it. It's not expensive, is easy to find, blends well, lasts all day, and most importantly, keeps my skin looking fantastic while completely covering up the red.
If you struggle with mild rosacea or just occasional redness, this is a product that's worth picking up on your next grocery run.