Who doesn’t want a sun-kissed, dewy skin after basking in the beach on a hot, summer day?
Summertime is the best season for beach getaways and outdoor travels. It’s also the perfect time to lay bare and achieve the stunning warm glow your pale skin has always wanted. On the flipside, summertime is also the prime time for sunburns.
Unfortunately, for some people, their expectations of getting beautifully bronzed were not met. Instead, they get burned – and it feels as bad as it looks.
The good thing is you can address sunburn (or the appearance of it) with the right skin care and makeup tricks. You should remember your three Cs: Conditioning your skin, Color-correcting the redness, and Covering the damage with makeup.
If you have nasty sunburns, here are 9 ways to condition, color-correct, and conceal them without causing further damage to your skin.
1. Apply sunscreen
I know what you’re thinking – if you already have a red, flushed face, you might think applying sunscreen would be useless.
While sunscreen doesn’t necessarily conceal red patches of yesterday’s bad decisions, they help prevent it from getting worse. Sunscreens will be gentle on already sunburned skin and will provide protection from all kinds of UV rays.
2. Soothe the burn with aloe vera gel
Before putting makeup right away (which may irritate your skin even more), make sure to soothe it first. Aloe vera gel, a.k.a “the wonder plant”, is hailed for its ability to relieve sunburns. It works like magic for cooling down your skin and facilitating the healing process.
If you don’t have a fresh plant, bottled aloe vera gel works too. Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel as a base protective layer before putting on any makeup. This will act as a “primer” so you won’t directly apply foundation onto the damaged skin.
3. Skip harsh skincare products
The last thing you want to happen is to irritate your skin even further. When concealing your sunburns, make sure to avoid any active aging products, exfoliating products and tools, acne products, and alcohol-based treatments.
4. Stick to moisturizers
Stick to using products with moisturizing properties to soothe your skin and keep it hydrated. Seal in moisture with creamy yet lightweight moisturizers for your face. Slather some velvety body lotions too during the day and night. To amp up your defense, pick moisturizers formulated with SPF.
Don’t forget your lips. If you feel like your lips are swollen, blistering, tender to the touch, and redder than normal, your lips may be sunburned too. Cold compresses and aloe vera are excellent remedies. Before swiping your lipstick, apply lip balm with SPF and moisturizing properties. Products with aquaphor, vitamin E, coconut oil, and almond oil are great moisturizers.
5. Color-correct with a green concealer
Color correcting is one genius way to neutralize the redness without caking your face with tons of concealer and foundation.
Can you still remember the color wheel from your art class? Well, the idea is complementary colors (the colors on the opposite ends of the color wheel) neutralize each other. In your case, you’re gonna be needing a green color corrector for red patches.
Dab on a green concealer makeup on areas where you’re most burnt, like your nose bridge, forehead, cheekbones, and chin. Blend it in by blotting with your fingers. Use a very light touch to prevent discomfort.
6. Cover it with a sheer foundation
Once your color corrector is in place, put some foundation on all the green areas. Use a damp sponge or beauty blender to apply foundation without smearing it all over your face. Avoid harsh methods, like stippling brushes.
If you’re not used to beauty blenders, you can also use your fingers to gently blend the product but make sure to use a light hand. You don’t want to end up with a cakey look, do you?
You may use your everyday foundation or buy a new one that’s specifically formulated for neutralizing redness. After blending the foundation well, you should see your skin color back to neutral.
7. Use a mineral powder foundation
If your skin is too sensitive and you’re nervous about using makeup, experts recommend using a mineral powder foundation. It is lighter than your everyday liquid or cream foundation but still has great coverage.
The mineral foundation allows your skin to breathe a little easier, which is crucial if your sunburn is brutal. But wait, there’s more: most mineral foundations have a broad spectrum sun protection too!
8. Finish it off with a bronzer
It might seem counterintuitive to put on bronzer when your face is already toasted. However, adding bronzer helps define your face shape after applying all of those skin-brightening makeup.
Just keep it light. Using a big powder brush, apply some bronzer lightly to your cheekbones, and around your temples.
These skin care and makeup tricks will fool people, thinking you’ve had a wonderfully tanned skin from your great summer getaway without having any idea how sunburned you are.
This article was written by Carmina Natividad, a resident writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Courses, a leading luxury makeup brand in Australia, which prides itself in delivering top of the line cosmetics and makeup courses. Sticking to the heart of the cosmetics brand, she aims to empower women with articles about style and beauty.