12 Foundations That Won’t Trigger a Rosacea Flare-Up

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Rosacea is tricky. It can look acne, feel like an allergic reaction, and in some cases, it can cause painful flare-ups. “Rosacea is an inflammatory disease that involves multiple ideologies starting with certain skin types that are more susceptible,” says Dr. Orit Markowitz, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. Key symptoms, also known as flare-ups, of rosacea, include redness, red bumps, visible blood vessels, and swollen skin.

Because of the complexity of rosacea and the variety of flare-ups, it can be challenging to find products that’ll work for your skin. “People with rosacea can certainly wear makeup, but with their skin being more sensitive, gentler products that aren’t aggravating are most important,” says Markowitz. Foundations, in this case, shouldn’t just cover and conceal, but should also feel comfortable, provide anti-inflammatory benefits, and neutralize redness seamlessly.

Ahead, the best foundations for rosacea available now.

Best Overall: Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

Becca

Creamy and decadent are two words I’d use to describe this rich formula. It provides around-the-clock coverage and deters everything from humidity to sweat. What reviewers love most is that although the texture is velvety, it’s not at all thick, and blends well over uneven areas, redness, and acne. The best part? It feels virtually weightless.

Best Budget: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Infused with antioxidants like vitamin E, feverfew, and natural soy, this foundation glides on like a dream and works to improve your skin's tone and texture while it sits. Users describe it as lightweight with satiny coverage. For best results, use a dense blending brush to apply it onto the skin.

Best for Redness: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

it cosmetics cc+ cream with spf 50+

I like to call this beloved foundation the OG color-corrector. Not only is it a buildable and full-coverage formula, but it also provides major sun protection with SPF 50, locks in moisture with hyaluronic acid, and encourages visible elasticity with collagen.

Best for Uneven Texture: Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

A smooth finish is totally achievable—as long as you have this hard-working foundation in your arsenal. Get the coverage you want—even over uneven textures or tones—with this 16-hour formula that resists smudging and transferring. And while it works to give you a seamless complexion, the result still ends up looking natural and healthy.

Best for Mature Skin: Doucce Cache Crème Satin Foundation

doucce Cache Crème Satin Foundation

You’ll feel like you’ve turned the clocks back after applying this silky-smooth foundation. With full coverage, it helps to mask blemishes and redness—plus, it even helps to moisturize dry skin.

Best Shade Range: NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation

NYX

With 45 shades, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding the right one for you. The formula is equal parts lightweight and pigmented, making it a great go-to for everyday wear or special occasions. Plus, it’s ideal for all skin types and doesn’t dry shiny.

Best Matte Finish: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

Sometimes, you want a completely matte complexion. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with this popular formula—a seamless, poreless look that’s water-resistant and lasts all day.

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Best Long-Wearing: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

For that coveted soft-focus finish, I always look to this long-lasting foundation. Plus, it's medium- to full-coverage, so you can customize your look to your exact preference. While I love to apply with my fingers, a beauty sponge is best for getting those hard-to-reach spots.

Best for Dark Skin: AbsoluteJOI Daily Hydrating Moisturizing Cream with Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

AbsoluteJOI Daily Hydrating Moisturizing Cream with Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

One part moisturizer and one part color, this SPF cream is non-greasy and delivers a sheer and even finish. I love the non-irritating and mineral-based formula—but the best part, by far, is that it doesn’t leave a white cast.

Best for Medium Skin: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25/17

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Want your skin to look like your skin? Reviewers love how natural this foundation looks on medium skin tones and how well it covers problem spots, including uneven texture. Plus, the formula doesn’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles.

Best for Fair Skin: Doll Skin Anti-Stress Skin Perfector

Doll 10 Medium Doll Skin Anti-Stress Skin Perfector

When we’re stressed, our skin tends to show it—so treat yourself to a foundation that not only masks flare-ups but soothes your skin as well. With ingredients like vitamin C, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid, your skin will soak up every brightening, moisturizing, and nourishing benefit.

Best Full-Coverage: Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup

Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Foundations

Meadowfoam seed oil is the star ingredient in this ultra-moisturizing liquid foundation. Users not only love the full coverage, but they loved how natural and glowy their skin looked after the application. You won’t find any cakey-ness here.

Final Verdict

Our favorite foundation for rosacea is the Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation, thanks to its 24-hour staying power. Following close behind are color-correcting IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ for its anti-aging benefits, and the heavy-duty formula of Dermablend's Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation.

What to Look For in a Foundation for Rosacea

Texture

“People with rosacea should stay away from thinner formulations,” says Dr. Markowitz. These are products that are more alcohol or gel-based because they tend to cause flare-ups. “Go with richer-textured formulations,” she suggests.

Ingredients

Depending on your needs, additional ingredients may be beneficial for you. SPF should be high on your list of needs, given sun exposure can trigger flare-ups, says Dr. Markowitz. Moisturizers like hyaluronic acid are also helpful in keeping your skin feeling comfortable. Soothing ingredients like licorice root extract can be exceptionally nourishing and calming.

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Byrdie contributor Syden Abrenica has years of experience in the editorial beauty industry. She’s written for magazines like Health, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and more. When she’s not interviewing dermatologists, she’s renovating her century-old home and watching Disney movies with her husband, son, and three rescue dogs.

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