The unfortunate side effect of living your full summer potential is occasionally getting sunburnt. We aren’t here to judge - it happens to the best of us. Besides, passing judgment isn’t going to help you deal with the repercussions of trying to cover up when you go into the office on Monday. How DO you cover a sunburn with makeup, you ask? With ease and precision, my young sunburnt padawan.
1. First, ask yourself this question:
Did your sunburn cause any open wounds? If so, do NOT put makeup on your skin - that's just asking for an infection. If the answer is no, then you're in the clear, even if your skin is peeling (just have to use product sparingly so it's not so cakey). Whatever you do, whatever urge may arise, do NOT pick or peel your dry skin! It may cause scarring.
2. Whatever you do, do NOT exfoliate your sunburn.
DON'T DO IT! Don't scrub. Don't pick. Don't peel. I know, it's so tempting, however your skin is already compromised from the sunburn. Keep the damage to a minimum!
3. Hydrate. Moisturize. Hydrate! Moisturize!!!
Drink plenty of water so your skin is more hydrated, and apply a calming heavy duty moisturizer that aids in barrier repair. Applying a hydrating masque the night before is also a fantastic idea.
4. Apply a lightweight primer.
Make sure your canvas is ready to go before applying the paint! Adding a primer on top of your moisturizer will make the makeup apply much more smoothly. Try one with a yellow tint to help counteract the redness.
5. Consider using a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.
I suggest going a shade darker than you normally would in order to avoid looking chalky. As always, make use of your BeautyBlender for a smooth and seamless application.
6. Apply powder...but not everywhere.
Lightly dab powder just between your brows, on either side of your nose and your chin. Do your darndest to avoid the spots where the sun hit the hardest (cakey alert).
7. Opt for cooler lip and eye colors.
You're not going to want to wear any colors that are going to emphasize any redness. Stick with taupes, silvers and lilacs for the eyes, and nudes or plums on the lips. Step far away from anything with pink or red (obviously).
8. Don't forget to reapply sunscreen!
You don't need me to tell you this, but don't forget to continue applying sunscreen, as well as after sun repair to accelerate the healing process.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.