Deven Hopp May 30, 2013

how to hide a sunburn


The first pool day of the season can bring beautiful, sun-soaked bliss. It can also create a problem for skin that has been hibernating under layers of sweaters, scarves and hats for the past four months. Even though we know to apply and reapply sunscreen every few hours, sometimes that pesky sunburn still gets the best of us. Have you ever had a bad case and asked yourself how to hide a sunburn on your face?

A bright red, blistering face is not a hot look. When a lazy day in the sun sends you straight for the aloe vera, we can help nurse your complexion back to perfection. Celebrity makeup artist Melissa Walsh gave us these tips for covering up a bad sunburn, and we’re here to pass them along to you. Check out our definitive guide for how to hide a sunburn on your face! You’ll no longer have to hide in your room when you’ve come down with a bad case of a sunburn.

Step #1: Care for the Skin

Learning how to hide a sunburn on your face starts with skin care. Start by washing your face with a mild cream cleanser, splash with cool water and gently blot dry. To rehydrate the skin and help calm redness, mist your face with a soothing spritz of Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist or Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist Chamomile.

Then Walsh recommends “applying a green or yellow tinted moisturizer (both counteract redness) such as Murad Redness Therapy Correcting Moisturizer SPF 15, while the skin is still dewy from the mist to lock in much needed moisture.”

Sunburned skin is dehydrated skin so make sure you are giving it the nourishment it needs with proper moisturization and hydration. That includes drinking a lot of water!

Step #2: Cover the Red

The second step in learning how to hide a sunburn on your face is using proper coverage. Once your skin is adequately quenched, “use a brush, blend a creamy highly-pigmented foundation over the entire face.”

We love Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation or Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation for their gentle formulations. Set it all with a yellow-toned powder. If you still look slightly rosy, matte bronzer will help disguise redness, but steer clear of anything shimmery as it will draw attention to the burn.

Now You Know How to Hide a Sunburn on Your Face!

And we won’t tell anyone you got burnt, but please invest in some new sunscreen! Enjoy the pool and the beach, but protect your skin. Nobody wants their sunburned face to turn into a leather face. Plus, you can always stay gold the safe and sunless way with sunless tanner.

How do you deal with a bad sunburn? Tell us in the comments.

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