I'm going to coax you into this post with this picture of me all glowy and lovely, fully made up and at my very best. Because the next picture you will see is the horrific reality of my bare skin...
My biggest skin issue, I feel, is my pink coloured skin. I got off lightly with this picture actually, as it is often worse than this. However, I can honestly say that I have no worries about being the colour of Miss Piggy because I've got it all sussed out in terms of covering it up and keeping it covered all damn day.
Let me share my four best secrets with you.
SECRET NO. 1:
A GREEN PRIMER
I have held green primers very close to my heart since I first tried one many years ago - it was the now discontinued L'oreal Studio Secrets primer. The green will counteract redness and give you a blank canvas to work with. You will look ill at first, but any green tinges are completely covered with most foundations. I am hooked on the green NYX HD Concealer which is thick, dry and heavy duty - not for everyone, of course, but if you're oily and red like me then you'll love this. Look out for yellow primers too, as they do a similar job (though not as thoroughly as a green one).
I dot it on the worst offending areas: cheeks are the priority, followed by chin. My forehead isn't particularly red but makeup tends to slip off this oily area and the primer really helps.
I blend it in a bit until I look suitably grey.
SECRET NO. 2:
A YELLOW BASED FOUNDATION
Here I am wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC30. The MAC foundations with the 'NC' codes are generally more yellow toned than 'NW', which are pink. The very last thing you want to be doing after you've blanked out the redness with a green primer is putting the red all back in with a pinky foundation!! Steer clear from anything that looks peach or has peach in the name - go for beige, caramel colours.
SECRET NO. 3:
RE-CONCEAL PINK AREAS
SECRET NO. 4:
The temptation to pick up one of those beautiful pink, twinkling blushers with a picture of a rose carved into it and smother it all over my face is something I know all too well. But deep down I know that this is only going to undo all my hard work. I just use a nice beigey bronzer and let those caramel tones do the talking.
Let me know if you've got red skin issues, or if you have any secrets for me.