Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Accidentally On Purpose: How to Hind a Sunburn

It’s that time of year again: the California sun is (on most days) shining bright and if you can’t feel the heat, you’re not outside.  Around this time of year, I crack out my heavy duty sunscreens and rely less on the sun protection built into my cosmetics.  While there is nothing wrong with relying on the sun protection in your makeup, especially when your base product has a high SPF, there is a problem if, like me, you get lazy when your routine changes.

You see, last Sunday I didn’t wear any makeup and . . . I forgot to put on an SPF before I left the house.  I think you can guess what happened next.  Needless to say, Elmo chic isn’t in for S/S 14 so make makeup bag this week is in damage control mode. 

For fair skinned ladies like myself, the key is not to hide your sunburned mug, but to downplay your uncanny likeness to Zoidberg from Futurama.  This week, I am skipping my morning moisturizer and starting with MAC’s Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 which acts as both a high protection sun cream and an oil-absorbing primer; I also make sure to take the product down my neck and around the back of my jaw line and ears.  For foundation, I am using my favorite base product of the moment, Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (I wear the color Nude), to provide a light coverage, sun protection, and moisture to help sooth my burned skin. 

I then use the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer in radiance to highlight and cover my dark under eye circles and the Origins Plantscription concelar in light on the broken capillaries around my nostrils and a couple of small blemishes here and there.  It’s important to not use concealer to mask any lingering redness that may come through your foundation; it doesn’t matter how much product you pack on, it isn’t going away.

Next I set the base with my beloved MAC Studio Fix powder in NC20.  It is important to use a yellow-toned powder to lightly set your makeup because the warm pigments in the product will help to color correct the redness of your sunburn.  Even when I’m not sporting a burn, I opt for a yellow-toned product to counteract my genetically rosy cheeks (I’m naturally about an NW18/ NW20, for reference). 

Once you’ve set your base, you should no longer look like a burned mess  . . . just especially bronzed.  Your last steps will be to use an illuminating blush that doesn’t have any red tones on the apples of your cheeks and add a light coat of mascara.  Since you have a lot going on complexion-wise, you want to keep it light everywhere else.  Now is not the time to test out your bronzed smoky eye skills. 

When you’re done, you should look pretty(-ish) not painful!

What are some of your tricks for downplaying a sunburn?

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