Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips for Taking Flattering Photos

Has your rosacea made you camera shy? Here are some ways you can put your best face forward for the camera.

  • Wear the right clothes. Red or plain black-and-white garments accentuate your redness. Try wearing softer hues like blues, yellows, khakis and other neutral colors.
  • Select the best time. When scheduling a portrait session, choose a time of year when your rosacea tends to be well under control.
  • Consult a beauty salon. Full-service beauty salons offer makeup artists who can give individual advice about preparing for a portrait. You can even schedule a full makeup session directly before the shoot.
  • Keep makeup simple and natural. Apply a contrasting concealer, usually a green tone to offset rosacea's red appearance. Choose and apply a good foundation in the correct skin tone -- most people mistakenly match foundation to the back of their hand, but a truer color match is made by testing foundation colors under the chin. Follow with a loose powder to finish, making blemishes less striking or noticeable.
  • Bring out your eyes. Emphasize your eyes to draw attention away from other areas by using natural eye shadow shades that match your coloring. Apply two colors -- one for contrast and one for contour.
  • Avoid makeup lines. Blend the foundation and concealer down the neckline and out toward the ears and hairline to provide a natural look and prevent a "mask" appearance.
  • Just relax and smile. Put yourself at ease and be as natural as possible. The camera will capture you at your best if your smile is stress-free.