What Colors Should Someone Wear to Downplay Reddened Skin?

Stay away from red lipstick -- it can make your skin look even redder.

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Red skin, whether you have it because of acne, rosacea, a naturally ruddy complexion, or irritation due to an unfortunate trip down the cosmetic aisle can leave you feeling like you’ve got something to hide. Well, there are certain colors that look best on those with red skin and can help to downplay the redness in your skin and play up your other features instead.

Dark Brown

Dark brown is an excellent choice for ladies with red skin because dark colors help reflect light away from the skin, giving the visual appearance of slightly reduced redness. Dark brown works especially well if you have green eyes – it draws attention away from your skin and makes your eyes pop. That’s not to say that all dark colors work well for downplaying reddened skin – black actually absorbs light which can be reflected back onto the face, making your skin appear redder than it really is.

Makeup Choices

Downplaying reddened skin isn’t all about what clothes your wear. The makeup you choose to put on your face makes a huge impact as well. Start by applying a base with a green tint, which helps to counteract redness and even out your skin tone. After your base concealer, a foundation that’s as close to your natural skin tone as possible is best. Green and blue foundation works well if you don’t want to pile on the concealer – but keep it light or you might look like you just stepped off the set of a sci-fi movie. If you have red skin due to inflammation, acne or rosacea, always look for oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup. Otherwise, the makeup you put on to cover up red skin could actually make your complexion worse.


According to Real Simple, eggplant purple is a universally flattering color that pairs well with all skin tones, from red skin to olive skin. Eggplant falls into the middle of the color spectrum, so it isn’t too warm or to cool for any skin tone. So the next time you hit the stores, keep your eyes open for eggplant – it’s flattering for your skin type.


Much like brown, dark blue hues like navy blue work to combat redness by reflecting light away from the skin. Blue is also a naturally contrasting color to red, which can help to even out your reddish skin tone. If you choose to wear blue, you may be able to get away with a small amount of red as an accessory without making your skin tone more noticeable.

Avoid Red and Pink

Red and pink may be bold, vibrant colors, but if you’ve got red skin, they’re going to make you look like a tomato. Red and pink bring out the redness in your skin even more, so they should be avoided at all costs. If you simply must wear red and pink, go for a pair of shoes or heels or a small accessory like a bracelet of handbag instead of a piece of clothing.

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