How to Cover Up Sunburn With Makeup

June 25, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
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 a sunburn or two before. You likely know that aloe can help heal a sunburn, but what about if you want to diminish the appearance of a burn (read: redness) during that process? We chatted with Lancôme makeup artist Alex Sanchez and Misti Schindele of the Dermablend Power Panel for tips on covering up a sunburn with makeup. Read on to learn how in just four steps. 

STEP 1: 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 green pigment in the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette, will be your saving grace here. “Apply the product 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.

STEP 2: Use a Gentle Foundation Makeup

You’ll want to avoid anything that will irritate your sunburned 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. Instead, Schindele also suggests sticking to products with moisturizing ingredients and “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 Dermablend Continuous Correction CC Cream SPF 50+.


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.

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. We love the Maybelline New York Lasting Fix Banana Powder. To complete the look, spritz on the Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Ultra Matte Setting Spray for extra hydration.
Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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