How to hide a cold sore with makeup
Cold sores have a nasty habit of popping up at the worst of times times — date night, on the day of a special event, during a very important meeting, right before you're about to snap a selfie — total buzz kill! But don't freak out just yet, because you can easily disguise these little buggers with a bit of makeup magic. Ain't no shame in your beauty game! Here's how:
- Tea tree oil (we used: The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil)
- Creamy concealer (we used: Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer)
- A bold lipstick or gloss (we used: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in '22')
STEP ONE: As soon as you feel your skin tingling, cleanse the area with a cotton bud dipped in antiseptic tea tree oil to help prevent the virus from spreading. Press the cotton bud on the sore for about 10 - 20 seconds.
STEP TWO: Once the cold sore has dried out, it's time to cover it! A heavy-duty, camouflaging, creamy concealer such as Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer will hide redness and won't highlight flaky areas. Gently pat the concealer onto the area with your finger and layer until completely hidden. If the cold sore is right near the lips, then layer the pout with concealer all over to create an even canvas.
TIP: If you have a lot of redness, you might want to use a concealer in two different shades; yellow to neutralise redness and a concealer that matches your exact skin tone over the top.
STEP THREE: To detract from the sore, apply a lipstick or gloss to your lips in, preferably deep red or plum. To ensure you don't infect your lippie, make sure you apply the pigment with a cotton bud.
Cold sore, who?