You might think that makeup primer is only good for improving the longevity of your foundation. But if you suffer from facial redness, your makeup primer could make all the difference. Facial redness is usually caused by factors that are difficult to control such as allergies, diet and even rosacea. So, with the right products your makeup bag can act as a secret weapon when you’re feeling flushed.
Using the right primer can help to reduce the appearance of a flushed complexion, leaving you with a flawless, even toned complexion. To find out more, we spoke to celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Tammer, to discover the best way to use makeup primer to reduce facial redness.
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How important is skin prep in disguising facial redness?
According to Sarah, who has worked with celebrities such as Shanina Shaik, Lara Bingle, Jessica Gomes, and Bridget Malcolm, prepping your skin with the right products before applying your makeup is crucial if you’re wanting to disguise facial redness. “Looking after your skin by using gentle cleansers and keeping it well-hydrated should be your first consideration.” And of course, makeup always looks better when it’s applied to clean, moisturised skin.
Can the right makeup primer reduce the appearance of facial redness?
“Absolutely, primers prepare the skin for makeup application, so that it sits better on the skin and lasts longer,” says Sarah. For redness, she suggests looking for a primer that’s slightly tinted to offer enough coverage to help disguise redness and even out the skin tone.
What should we look for in a primer if we have facial redness?
Sarah recommends looking for hydrating ingredients such as Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E, which will help to soothe the skin and provide a smooth base. “I’m in LOVE with LUMA Liquid Light Illuminating Primer because it contains crushed pearl which gives the complexion an even, natural-looking healthy glow,” says Sarah.
What are your favourite makeup tips to disguise redness?
“I absolutely love Nu Skin’s NaPCA Moisture Mist, as it contains Niacinamide which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function. It’s great for calming redness and makes the perfect makeup setting spray too,” says Sarah.
Do colour-correcting primers work?
According to Sarah, they can work but you need to use a light-handed approach so that they don’t look cakey and unnatural. “Green-toned products are said to counteract redness but I don’t really like the idea of putting something green on the skin,” she says. Sarah prefers to use a tinted primer that is formulated with hydrating ingredients.
Click through the gallery below to see some of our favourite primers for reducing facial redness…