The end of summer vacation come with a lot of feelings – and we don’t just mean the sheer dread of going back to work or school. We also mean dealing with majorly sunburned skin and fried hair. Even if you piled on the SPF, chances are you got some color. And you ming be asking yourself how to cover sunburn with makeup to avoid being judged at work next week.
Once the burn has mellowed (talk to your dermatologist if it hasn’t), covering sunburn with makeup is easy enough – if you know what you’re doing. So we chatted with Lancôme makeup artist Alex Sanchez to learn the best practices and products to use on your delicately scorched skin, and this is what he had to say.
Step One: Choose Gentle Makeup
You’ll want to avoid anything that will irritate your skin even further. “Avoid very ‘active’ anti aging products, exfoliating products/tools, acne products and alcohol-based astringent products until sunburned skin is healed,” Sanchez notes. The same goes for any makeup that make be anti-aging or anti-acne. A light CC cream is a great go-to for this, like the It Cosmetics ‘Your Skin But Better’ CC+.
Step Two: Reach for a Color Corrector
This is where a color correcting concealer will come in handy. (See, there’s actually a real purpose for those pastel colored formulas!) Sanchez says that a little green corrector mixed with rose oil will be your saving grace here. “Rose oil is known for its calming properties, and the green corrector cancels out the redness,” he says. Sanchez recommends Lancôme Absolue Precious Oil and Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Corrector for this step. “Mix in the palm of your hand, and press it gently on the skin,” he notes. “And now you are ready for makeup!”
Step Three: Pat on Your Foundation With a Sponge or Blender
Once your color corrector is in place, you want to make sure you don’t move it around by smearing foundation all over your face with your hands. Instead, use a damp sponge to stipple on the foundation, laying down extra product wherever you need the most coverage. You’ve already balanced out the redness with the green corrector, but this step ties it all together and will completely hide your sunburn.
Step Four: Lock it in Place With Setting Powder
As with any meticulous makeup routine, setting powder is keep to keeping it in place all day. Gently dust loose powder all over your face with a big fluffy brush, the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder is perfect for this step, and you’ve successfully covered your sunburn with makeup.
Follow these steps to cover up your sunburn with makeup!