Is there anything worse than a cold sore? OK, it’s a bit of a first world problem, and there are many things that really are worse. But us girls know it can feel like the end of the world when you want flawless ! Cold sores are common in winter, but if you’re prone, they can develop at any time of the year, especially if you’re tired or stressed.
Never fear – we’ve got you covered with this makeup tutorial to help you make the most of your foundation and . If you’re wondering how to cover up a pimple or how to hide a cold sore, here’s our step by step guide:
1. Before you begin
You can only hide a cold sore with makeup if it has closed and started to scab over. Applying any cosmetic product on an open sore can do more harm than good and may cause infection. So, be patient and let your cold sore dry out for a few days before trying to hide it!
2. Moisturiser and primer
Makeup applied over a scab looks dry and flaky, so dab a little petroleum jelly onto the cold sore to soften the skin. If you’re not sure about petroleum jelly, at least make sure you’re well moisturised and use Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser to create a smooth, matte surface for your foundation. This primer has a blurring effect to make the cold sore less obvious.
3. Apply concealer using a clean brush
If you have a cold sore to hide, your normal concealer won’t do the trick. You need to use the best concealer that provides superb, lasting coverage. We recommend Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. It erases blemishes in an instant, and its weightless formula is less likely to irritate your cold sore.
4. Use long-lasting foundation
When it comes to cold sores, that offers great coverage is everything. Infallible Matte 24H Liquid Foundation is a highly effective makeup for acne and cold sores. It glides on with a creamy texture and sets with a 100% matte finish. Set the look with a dusting of semi-matte Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder, formulated with light-reflecting ingredients to blur imperfections.
5. Natural, nourished lips
Even if you’ve covered up your cold sore with concealer, you don’t want to draw attention to your lips with a bright colour. Instead, opt for nude lipstick or lip balm. We love Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm because it provides a hint of colour with intense nourishment and moisture to soften and protect your lips.
Expert tip: Always use a clean brush or sponge when using cover-up makeup on a cold sore, and don’t use the same brush on the rest of your skin. You don’t want to transfer bacteria to other areas of your face.