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Tone Down a Ruddy Complexion

  1. Gently wash your face with a mild soap. Don’t scrub. This only increases facial redness. Then apply a mild toner with a cotton pad. Now look closely at your bare skin in a mirror; where does your complexion appear ruddy? Some women find concentrations of ruddy skin on their nose, cheeks or the “T-Zone” between their eyes. Other women may find a general, all-over ruddy appearance. Remember, you can’t fix it until you’re certain about where it’s located.
  2. Before you apply your foundation, apply an anti-redness light moisturizer like Clinique’s Redness Relief Cream sparingly. This type of cream works well to diminish the look of broken capillaries, persistent over-all skin ruddiness and blotchy redness. Let the cream sink into your skin for about five minutes before proceeding in apply other makeup.
  3. Use your green correcting cream or lotion. Yes, it’s really green! This is because on your skin, a green tint over ruddy skin neutralizes a reddish look. This is technically an optical illusion; the ruddiness is still there, but instead of slathering on foundation to try to temporarily conceal it, the greenish tint merely changes the way you see it! Having identified were your face is ruddy, apply and thoroughly blend into spot areas with a green-tinted cream. If your entire complexion appears ruddy, use a thinner lotion green color corrector.
  4. Apply the mineral foundation of your choice; these unique foundations made of natural mineral products are especially formulated to excel in correcting and disguising ruddiness and other imperfections without appearing too heavy as some liquid foundations do. Use a foundation powder brush to apply the mineral powder makeup evenly across your face, with a little extra on particularly red or ruddy areas like cheecks. Next, apply a mineral “setting powder” to perfect and add a lovely polish to your face.
  5. Apply a light bronzing mineral powder to your cheeks, chin and forehead, but not on your nose. This will give you a nice sun-kissed look and further disguise ruddiness. Although high-quality mineral makeup has great staying power, you can carry the setting powder and bronzing power in your purse’s makeup compartment for check-ups during the day or evening. Unless you’ve been swimming or perspiring profusely, you won’t need to reapply the green color corrector.

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