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How Do I Find a Foundation to Cover My Rosacea?

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Question: How Do I Find a Foundation to Cover My Rosacea?
I got this question from a reader named Shannon who is searching for a foundation to cover the butterfly rash she gets from lupus:

I have searched for 14 years and have been winging it so far with foundations. I haven't found the right shade for one, and also I have Systemic Lupus which has caused a butterfly shape rash across my cheeks/nose/chin/mouth. It is so frustrating. I'm not even able to put it on without it looking cruste. Does this mean that my skin is dry? I am a make-over challenge. If you have any advice, I would love to have some hope.

Answer: Hi Shannon, Foundations are tricky. But there are some great foundations that offer heavier cover than others. For example, Trish McEvoy's Even Skin foundation is amazing and was actually created to cover bruising and scarring from plastic surgery. I use it in the winter to cover my rosacea (I read once that something like 40 percent of women suffer from rosacea!).

Bobbi Brown also has some great foundations that offer thicker coverage. I would highly suggest heading to a makeup counter at Sephora or a department store and ask someone to help match you to the right foundation. Foundations are worth spending money on, because if you think about it, the money you spend on one great foundation is probably less than you spent on all the wrong ones. Finding the perfect foundation is one of the greatest joys you'll have when it comes to makeup.

Here's a few tips for smoother coverage:

1. Exfoliate skin once a week. Foundation will look flakey, especially on dry, winter skin if you don't exfoliate because it just sits atop dead skin.

2. Always, always, always apply moisturizer with SPF before foundation. The moisturizer plumps up skin, offers sun protection and allows the foundation to go on much smoother. Many women use primers before foundation, but I find moisturizer works just as well.

3. To avoid a "cakey" look, apply foundation with a sponge (you'll use less than you would if you used your fingers), only on those areas that need it most. In your case, you need coverage on your cheeks and around your nose due to the butterfly rash lupus causes. You might also use a bit on your chin. Contrary to popular belief, foundation is not meant to cover the entire face. Make sure to blend well into your jawline.

4. Because you have lupus, your skin is extra-sensitive to the sun, so you should always wear sunscreen under your foundation, or better yet, consider a foundation WITH SPF.

Good luck and let me know if you find a foundation you like. Julyne

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