How to Cover Up Sunburn With Makeup

August 10, 2020
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Cover Up Sunburn With Makeup

Even if you’re diligent about applying SPF, chances are you’ve still experienced sunburned skin at least once this summer. We know that aloe can help heal a sunburn, but what about if you want to diminish the appearance of a burn during that process? We chatted with Lancôme makeup artist Alex Sanchez and Misti Schindele of the Dermablend Power Panel to learn the best sunburn-covering practices and products to use on your delicate skin.

STEP 1: Use Gentle Makeup

You’ll want to avoid anything that will irritate your skin even further. “Avoid active anti-aging products, exfoliating products and tools, acne products and alcohol-based astringent products until sunburned skin is healed,” Sanchez says. Schindele also suggests going for a minimal routine: “Stick to using products that have moisturizing properties to help keep your skin hydrated and products that contain SPF to help prevent any further damage,” she notes. Reach for the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 or the Coola Rōsilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30

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STEP 2: Reach for a Color Corrector

A color correcting concealer will come in handy when you’re looking to neutralize redness from sunburn. Sanchez says that a green corrector, like the Dermablend Quick Fix Color Correcting Pigment, will be your saving grace here. “Tap the powder where you want to cancel out redness and press it gently on the skin,” he notes. After you’ve laid your green base, follow it up with a full coverage concealer like the Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer.

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STEP 3: Pat On Your Face Makeup 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. “Try to avoid using harsh application methods like stippling brushes; instead use a damp sponge to apply any face products to prevent irritation,” says Schindele. 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 4: Lock It In Place With Setting Powder and Spray

As with any meticulous makeup routine, setting powder is key to keeping it in place all day. Gently dust loose powder all over your face with a big fluffy brush — the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder is Schindele’s favorite. To complete the look, spritz on the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Setting Spray for extra hydration.
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Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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