During the summer, I tend not to wear any type of base. The most I'll do is either a BB Cream or an all-over bronzer. When you suffer an eczema flare-up, going without concealer is not an option. Don't worry if you are not skilled in the ways of concealer. I'll give you the quick and easy on how to conceal your flare-up.
You Need to Prep Before You Conceal
Even if you are just wearing a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, you should always prep your face beforehand. After washing my face, I apply hydrocortisone lotion to the affected area. For me, that would be around my nose, eyebrows, and chin area. This helps to calm the skin, reduce some of the redness and keep inflammation down. I like Cortisone 10 Intensive Healing Eczema Lotion. Then I use my regular moisturizer. I let my moisturizer settle into my skin for about five to 10 minutes, then I use a primer.
Since I am dealing with redness, I need to use a neutralizing concealer to mask it. I use e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer - Erase and Conceal. Green hides redness, and I am lucky that green tends to blend in really well with my skin without looking too chalky. Apply the green concealer before you apply foundation, BB cream, or bronzer. I use my fingers to blend it into my skin well. If you need to correct anything else, do so now. I suffer from dark under eye circles, so I use yellow to correct the blue and a little pink at the inner corner to brighten my eyes a bit.
After I finish color correcting, I apply my foundation. I prefer mineral powder foundation. My favorite cheapie is Avon Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation in Pure Beige. After I apply foundation, I barely see any trace of the redness. People have told me they can't see any, but I guess I can tell because I know where the redness lies. If you see any noticeable redness, apply a little concealer that matches your skin tone. Again, I use my fingers. Just lightly dab the concealer on and set with a translucent powder or swipe your foundation brush across the area. There should be enough powder residue left to help set it.
Finish Your Look
Of course, you can leave the house with your face freshly concealed, looking like you have never seen a blemish before in your life. However, I need some color, so I use an all-over bronzing palette on my cheeks and t-zone to add color. Since my redness is concealed, I can now wear my favorite eyeshadow colors or lipstick and not worry that they are going to draw attention to any red, inflamed patches on my face!
Do you suffer from eczema? How do you conceal the red, inflamed skin?
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