Using Makeup To Restore Skin Color After Light Burns Guide

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Whether you fell asleep in the sun and woke up looking like a tomato, or you accidentally touched your neck with your curling iron burning, your skin is less than ideal. 

Experiencing a minor burn can be painful and leave behind a noticeable mark for some time. The face is extra sensitive and is at a higher risk for burning. 

No matter what kind of minor burn you have, you can make your skin look restored and rejuvenated with HIDE premium products. Let's go over how to restore color to your skin after a light burn.

Why Your Face Burns Easily

Before we go over how to cover a burn, let's go over the face and how it is at a higher risk for burning. 

Most people's faces are usually not covered up like the rest of your body can be with clothing. So your face can be exposed to the sun, windburn, or fumes from flash burns. Windburn happens when you expose your skin to cold, windy air. If the face isn't adequately protected, you could end up with a windburn.   

Your face does have protective properties as the skin is thicker in certain places. Another helpful thing is that your face is very vascular, meaning there is a lot of blood supply. Areas with a high blood supply can dissipate the heat faster, reducing the depth of an injury. So while the face burns easily, it also can heal quicker than other areas. 

Certain factors can affect the outcome of facial burns. For instance, the forehead skin is vulnerable since there is usually not a layer of fat underneath. 

Healing The Skin 

There are several things you can do to help the skin heal before applying makeup. 

You can use over-the-counter medicine that can reduce swelling and pain. Reducing the pain can help the healing process be more bearable. Most minor burns only cause pretty manageable pain, though. 

You want to try to replenish the skin's moisture while not causing more pain. Wash your face or body with a cream cleanser that is not overly drying. Only use cold or lukewarm water on the area because hot water can feel very painful on a burn and can also continue to strip away moisture. 

Apply moisturizer to the area throughout the day to help the recovery process. You also want to try to stay away from exfoliating or using toners until your skin totally heals. Limit your time in the sun or the wind as well when you are recovering. A humidifier can also be beneficial to stop your skin from drying out even more. 

If you are experiencing windburn specifically, make sure you drink lots of water since windburn dehydrates the skin. Even if you don't feel thirsty, water will help replenish the moisture from the inside. 

Once your skin is healed, and you don't have any open wounds, even small ones, you can start using makeup.





How Makeup Can Help In Covering Burns

After a burn heals, you can be left with slight discoloration in the area. 

Thankfully, there are many ways to even out your skin and disguise the area you were burned. Foundation is made to create an even complexion. They are specifically designed to be the base for any type of makeup look. HIDE Premium Foundation is highly pigmented, and it can cover a burn scar. It is also weightless and breathable, so you won't feel like you have a ton of makeup on, and it won't clog your pores. 

Once you apply your foundation, find a highly pigmented concealer to go along with it. The higher the pigment, the higher level of coverage you can achieve. Using the right color is equally as important. If you use a concealer that is too light or too dark, you can draw more attention to the area. 

If you have a scar from a burn that’s brown, purple, red, or white, you can use a color-correcting concealer underneath your everyday skin-toned concealer to cover it completely. Using a small amount of the color-corrector on a damp makeup sponge, dab it gently over the discoloration. Next, use your normal concealer and cover the area to hide the burn completely.  

HIDE Premium Concealer is full coverage and can cover anything from burns to tattoos without using a color corrector. It works on all skin types and won't dry out your skin.

Application Tips And Tricks For Covering Burns

The essential part of achieving coverage that will look good all day is starting with your foundation and then using a concealer. If you start with concealer and then go over it with foundation, you may end up removing some of the concealer. 

Also, try to avoid using too much product since it can settle into the scar's creases and make it stand out instead of camouflaging it. When you start with foundation first, you can easily tell exactly how much concealer is necessary. Start with thin layers and build up the coverage to avoid looking cakey. 

Once you are done applying foundation and concealer, set the product. You can use a setting spray in the area of the burn. It is hydrating and will also lock your makeup in place and prevent it from sliding off. HIDE products are waterproof, so they shouldn't budge no matter what your day holds!

Don’t Shy Away From Blush Or Bronzer

Even though you just finished evening out your skin tone, don't shy away from adding a little color back. 

HIDE products create the perfect canvas for any makeup look. We will help you erase the redness or brown hues caused by a burn, but you may want to add these same colors back. This process may sound counterintuitive to some, but you don't want to look like you have no definition in your face. You want the color to be in the correct spots and evenly distributed. 

Bronzer and blush can add definition and give you that fresh-faced look. Take an angled bronzer blush and apply the bronzer below your cheekbones and in other areas where the sun naturally darkens your skin. Bronzer can add definition and give you that chiseled appearance. 

Next, go in with a blush that suits your skin tone on your cheekbones. This step will give you that rosy and healthy look. Most skin types should shy away from red-based blush if they have a red burn scar. Go with a blush that is more on the coral side. It looks great on most skin tones and is flattering even if you usually have redness on the face. Apply the blush with a fluffy brush for a light, even finish. 

Try to avoid bronzer or blush with shimmer on them because this could draw attention to texture on the skin caused by the scar. You don't want to highlight the area you spent all that time concealing. 


Makeup Is The Best Tool For Covering Burns

No matter what your skin goes through, makeup can be a useful tool in making you feel back to normal. 

When your skin is burned, you can take a number of steps to treat it and help it along in the healing process. Remember to moisturize and stay away from any products that may irritate the skin that has been burned. 

When you're through the healing process, makeup can help even out your skin tone and texture. HIDE premium products are highly pigmented and breathable making them ideal for covering burns. 



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