How to Rock a Red in the Warmer Months Without Looking Like a Beetroot

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My face possesses an unrelenting urge to turn a darker shade of beetroot when the weather decides to push itself over the 20°C marker. Constantly. Until sundown. It really is one of my more attractive qualities. This scarlet surge in my complexion means that wearing my trusty orange hued reds can be a bit problematic in the warmer months. Red on red isn’t a great look when you’re trying your best to don the more summer appropriate bronzed goddess/beach babe with a punch of colour kinda thing. But there are a few beauty hacks that I have up my sleeve that par back my rouged upped cheeks and allow my most favourite lipstick colour of all – NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, I’ve decided takes that crown – to be a year round lip option. Fellow beetroot gals this one goes out to you… 

A no blush zone. Those with non-red complexions will find this a bit of a weird one as a cheek without blush when a bold lip in action is always a bit of a Makeup Artist no no, but if you’re a tad ruddy, blush really isn’t the route to go down – especially in the summer. Bronzer and highlight, yes, but that beautiful pan of perky colour? Steer clear.

Redness reducing primer. The best way to kick redness to the curb is to calm it at base level and that means cracking out a rouge-reducing primer. I’ve never found one that completely eradicates the problem but they do help and mean that you can ease off the foundation a little. Clinique’s Superprimer Face Primer in Colour Corrects Redness is a good’un. Pop it on and let it do its thang. It might not seem like a huge difference to the eye at first, but I find these products to show their strength later on in the day when my cheeks would normally be reaching a beacon-like appearance.

Concealer cheeks. For a red cheeked gal something quite magical happens when you mix concealer with a warm finger. Of course it’s formula dependent but a touch of concealer taken over the redness and blended, and I mean blended, can really work wonders. My personal favourite product for this technique is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (I use SC-3). It requires some warming up but once it’s there a light dab hides a multitude of sins.

Powder it out. Personally I like the look of a bold lip with a dewy base. There is just something about a slight sheen on the cheeks that evens out the dressy-ness of a brave lip choice, but we need all the coverage we can get here guys and if that means dusting on a small amount of a perfecting powder that leans more to the natural side of things then I’ll take it. My tip would be to keep it focused on problematic areas and go in extremely light handed with the application. Something like the CHANEL Les Beiges or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light is what I’m thinking here. You know – a hint of coverage, mixed with a hue of yellow-ish tones to cancel the redness out. Beetroot be gone.


  • Anna Blush

    This is just the post I needed to read! My face seems to be so darn red lately. These sound like great tips, I think it’s time I invest in a redness reducing primer x

  • Great tips, Anna! I would never thought of putting concealer on my cheek to avoid the redness, genius!


  • Bella

    Oh dear, I already have Cruella and Dragongirl, and now I need Red Square too ;)?

  • I hate the way the warmer months cause a tomato inspired face too! This looks beautiful though, I may have to invest…

  • Sylvia

    Plenty of bronzer is key!


  • Laura

    MAC does a yellow colour corrector – can’t stress how amazing it is. Cancels out redness, and is much more moisturising than the clinique one – which I found so sillicone-y. Red square is amazing, although I’ve never heard you talk about MAC lady danger… surely the best lipstick of our time? The new clinique soft matte ones (mandarin especially) are really nice too.

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • Sophie

    I’ve found a redness reducing primer that completely eradicates the problem – Stila One Step Correct! Best thing I’ve found for my red as complexion! Been using this religiously going on two years now.

  • Really useful tips. That red lip looks really great on you!

  • Clementine Buttercup

    I like the Bourjois Rouge Velvet in 01 very much as it’s so wearable. Who would have thought that a red lip would be my easiest look! Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve even gifted it to some friends so that they don’t miss out!

  • Charlotte Frances

    You look stunning in these photos. Great tips!

  • I try to tone down the blush with a bright lip regardless of the season, too much colour is my fear!

  • Francisca Ferreira
  • Hattie Constance

    Oh my gossh, I struggle with this so much too! I am definitely adding the primer to my wishlist…

    Hattie Constance

    Project Rattlebag xx

  • As a fellow red-faced gal who loves donning a red lip, I feel your pain! Thanks for the great tips though! 🙂

    Beth. x

    Sometimes The Stars

  • Diana Cloudlet

    Found your blog randomly and I’d like to say it’s fabulous! You have amazing photos & style! Everything is perfect!

  • My face goes red so easily, in all seasons not just the summer, so I tend to stay away from blush and just use a tad of bronzer instead. The concealer tip sounds good, will be trying that!

    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Great post and helpful for all us red faced ladies. Can’t wait for the meet up on Sunday 🙂

  • Emily Knott

    I defiantly suffer from redness in my skin. I love diffused light and would love to try the secret camouflage from Laura Mercier.

  • Daniella




  • My face turns red too! I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it, so thanks for this amazing post! 🙂

  • alice bea ☮

    great post, nothing like a bold red lip!

  • Great tips! I find I have to go easy on the blush but pile on the bronzer otherwise I look dead when wearing a red lip! xx

  • You suit a red lip so much!

  • Such good tips, my skin definitely tends towards the beetroot end of things, so this is really useful for me! x

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • So many good tips and tricks! Thank you!
    I have to use the concealer cheek trick too, and i can use blusher without looking like ive been slapped due to my red cheeks. Such a pain in the butt.

    Love the post
    Tanahya x

  • Rachel Polansky

    i just got this NARS lip pencil and i love it, it reminds me of mac lady danger!

  • Pip Warford

    always beetroot, agh

  • A great, informative post-especially for those who, like me, look rather tomato like on a day to day basis.

  • Erika Magrisse

    Anna, any tips for using the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage? I just can’t seem to make it work!
    Thanks! xx

  • Great tips! I turn red so easely!

    Love Sofie

  • Great tips, Anna! I love a rid lip, but also have a lot of redness in my face, so neutralizing it is a must. That Clinique primer sounds great! xo

  • Really love these tips! I’m very pale so when I go read it’s so noticeable so these tips are really helpful.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • thebeautymist

    Need to try the Hourglass ambient powder:) x

  • Love a bold red lip, and I’m on the look out for a red and yellow/blue cancelling product for my cheeks and under eyes so a great product pointer from clinique !

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Brilliant! I swear by the light touch of concealer on the cheek in summer – an absolute saviour once you’ve mastered the finish/application!

  • Jasmine
  • Haha I have the beetroot problem too! 🙂

  • Zahra Mushtaq

    I love the bold lip (even though I don’t wear it often) and I tend to go quite red throughout the summer too, so I’ll definitely keep these products in mind!

  • I can’t refuse a red lip! I needed help with the beetroot issue! haha, thank you!

    Hayley-Eszti |

  • you look stunning!

  • LOL at the title!!! 🙂 I love the tips here. Nothing new in terms of tips I’ve heard before but still worth revisiting in case we’ve forgotten about them and end up looking like beetroots!

  • You are so full of awesome tips, Anna! They don’t call you the makeup maven for nothing, eh? Loved this post. I have yet to try and really pull off a bold lip in the summer time, but you look stunning my dear (as ALWAYS)! xx

  • Etta

    Agreed! Redness has been my enemy for years! I don’t even really own any blushers… x

  • How come I had never checked out your blog?!?! D: I’m going to be stalking your posts now hahaha ok that was creepy. X

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  • ooh rednesses .. I’ve been there too ! Rose water toners and using almond oil on my skin had make things better :)x

    love from france ! Victoria

  • Red Square is calling my name. Shouting, even.

  • Your lips have a fantastic natural shape, so that it would be a pity not to paint them in red…You look awesome with a touch of red on the lips! So welcome to any anti-redness/anti-beetroot solutions!

  • I don’t know if I could go without blush… but I’m gonna have this give this a go! You look lovely!

  • Your such a babe 🙂 Sadly enough I’m a red skined girl but I’ll give that primer a go 😀 x

  • Elif Karamehmetoglu

    So glad you made this post! During summer even when i have a tan, my face(mostly cheeks) go bright red and until now i just knew the “no blush tip”. I will try out the primer and the concealer trick 🙂

  • Serena Mclean

    This is so cool! I love red lipstick. I think that when your face gets all blotchy and red, it can be such a pain in the butt.

  • MyOwnLoves

    Good post. Thanks!

  • Minty

    Thank you from a fellow beetroot. Orange hued reds suit me best too. Out of interest what mac shade are you?

  • I’m definitely a sufferer of the redder complexion (thanks, Irish ancestry). Thanks for the tips, Anna!


  • Claire H

    You have answered my prayers! This is such a perfect post! I’m gonna pick up that Clinique primer ASAP! Claire

    24 Hours From Home – Travel, Adventures and Beauty

  • Sunaina Kapoor

    That Lipstick… right next on my list!! Such amazing pigmentation!!

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