An Easy Guide To Applying Makeup On Sunburnt Skin

Written by Urvi DalalSep 16, 2023
An Easy Guide To Applying Makeup On Sunburnt Skin

Most people believe that one can only get tanned and sunburnt in the summers, but this is not always true. Getting sunburnt is an all-year phenomenon and you can very easily get a sunburn in winter too. 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

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

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 even of layer of natural and pure aloe vera gel to help soothe the burn. Go ahead with a nourishing and calming moisturiser and don’t forget to finish off this routine with a generous amount of a good broad-spectrum sunscreen.

 

Scrub off flaky skin

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

If your skin looks calmer and does not really hurt, you can use a really gentle, non-abrasive exfoliator to help smoothen out the skin for better makeup application. Remember to be extremely gentle while doing this and expend really light pressure. 

 

Cancel redness using a green colour corrector

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

Since green cancels out the red, use a little bit of a green colour corrector before your usual concealer to neutralise surface redness. Sunburns usually cover a large part of your face, hence look for cream-based formulas that are really easy to blend do not tug or pull at your skin. 

 

Mix your foundation with oil

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

Sunburnt skin can tend to look dry and flaky, and this could make the foundation go on patchy and cakey. To avoid this problem, you can add a drop of your favourite facial oil into your foundation to help it go on more easily. The oil will help to moisturise dry and flaky skin and also ensure that it spreads more evenly. 

 

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

Use a makeup sponge for an airbrushed finish

When you use a brush to apply makeup, you always end up loosening some of the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. While this does not really cause any problems usually, it becomes an issue on the dry and flaky texture of sunburnt skin. Therefore, it is advisable to use a damp makeup sponge to apply your foundation and be sure to use the dabbing and bouncing motions. 

Urvi Dalal

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Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!

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