While most people usually associate getting tanned and sunburnt to summertime, it is not always the case. It is very much possible to get sunburnt during winter. The loss of moisture in the air coupled with the colder temperature lowers your skin defence and makes it quite prone to getting burnt due to unprotected exposure.

But if your first solution for concealing a sunburn is using a lot of foundation, beware of cakey makeup! Also, you need to be very careful about not damaging your skin further, as sunburns can be quite painful. To make things easier, here are some really useful tips and tricks to use makeup to cover sunburn, while also healing and protecting your skin.

Always prep your skin with a soothing product
 

Always prep your skin with a soothing product

It is really important to protect your skin from further irritation, so make sure you’re using the right skincare products.

Start by using a non-foaming cleanser to cleanse and follow it up with a gentle non-alcoholic toner. Then, apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel (straight from the plant if you can get it) to help soothe sun damage. Go ahead with a nourishing and calming moisturiser and just in case it’s not obvious, finish with a good broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Gently exfoliate flaky skin
 

Gently exfoliate flaky skin

If your sunburn has reached the peeling stage (i.e. you’re past the point where your skin feels painful and/or hot to the touch), you can use a gentle physical exfoliator to create a smooth canvas for your makeup. To loosen any flakes that your makeup can cling to, exfoliate using very light pressure. Stay away from harsh chemical exfoliants as they could further damage your skin.

Use a green colour corrector
 

Use a green colour corrector

According to the colour wheel, green cancels out the red. Hence, if your skin is looking a stark shade of crimson, then applying a green colour corrector will neutralise some of that surface redness. Since sunburn usually covers a large surface of the face, opt for a formula that is easy to blend and can be spread all across your face like a colour-correcting primer.

Mix your foundation with oil
 

Mix your foundation with oil

Since your skin is inflamed, applying foundation to sunburned skin could make the application patchy and splotchy. This is because the foundation cakes thanks to the flakes and uneven texture. Try mixing a drop of face oil into your foundation before applying. The oil moisturises dry, damaged skin while adding emollient properties to help your foundation spread smoothly.

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish
 

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

Using a makeup brush on your skin always results in microexfoliation—that is, it loosens dead skin cells. And this becomes especially noticeable on dry or damaged skin, leading to flakiness and patchy makeup. Therefore, you must always apply your makeup using a damp makeup sponge in a gentle bouncing motion to minimise microexfoliation.