When a cold sore develops around your mouth, it feels like a flashing yellow sign announcing, “Look at me!” You feel self-conscious through every conversation as that unsightly pimple-like blister sits stubbornly by your lip.
Fortunately, it only takes a bit of strategic makeup magic to hide a cold sore of any size. Let’s check out how to cover up a cold sore and restore your confidence and beauty.
What Stage of the Cold Sore Cycle Should You Cover? Or Not?
It’s tempting to cover up your cold sore from the instant it becomes visible, but that may not be the best choice. In their earliest stages, cold sores are open and vulnerable to infection.
Applying makeup to a fresh cold sore may slow the healing process or trigger infection. Try waiting until your cold sore has scabbed over and closed before applying makeup.
Gather These Tools to Hide a Cold Sore
Any magician needs a set of tools to perform his tricks. These three tools will be essential in your own toolkit to create the magic of making your cold sore nearly disappear from sight.
Pigmented Liquid Lipstick
If your cold sore is on your lip, you’ll need a pigmented liquid lipstick capable of full-coverage and all-day wear. Matte formulas are the best because they last for hours and look natural.
Full-Coverage Foundation and Concealer
Full-coverage foundation and concealer are also key to successful cold sore cover up. Foundation creates the base of your look, while concealer is applied to blemishes such as cold sores to keep them covered up.
It’s important to select full-coverage products that will remain firmly on your skin throughout the day. You don’t want your makeup wearing off by your 3 PM meeting and revealing the cold sore lurking underneath!
Disposable applicators make it easy to apply makeup without risking the spread of your cold sore to other areas of your skin. Cotton swabs and Q-Tips both make easy and accessible disposable applicators.
Choose the Right Concealer for Your Skin Type
Since concealer shoulders the biggest burden in the task of cold sore cover up, make sure you take the time to choose the right concealer for your skin type. These tips will lead you in the right direction.
Get the Right Skin Tone
Selecting the right concealer shade is trickier than you might think! With so many hues and colors available, you risk selecting a shade too light or dark for your skin.
For spot concealers, which is what you need to cover up unsightly cold sores, it’s most important to select a product with the exact same hue as your skin. Light-to-medium skin tones likely need a yellow-based concealer, while medium-to-dark skin tones need an orange undertone.
Get the Right Consistency
There’s no shortage of concealer varieties out there! The most popular include liquid concealer, balm concealer, stick concealer, and cream concealer. Depending on your skin type, you may already know your preferred concealer consistency. In general, each type of concealer works best under certain conditions:
- -Liquid concealer is versatile for every skin type
- -Balm concealer is thick and stays on the skin all day
- -Cream concealer is thick enough to cover breakouts but may irritate sensitive skin
- -Stick concealer is semi-solid and heavy, so it may irritate oily skin
With a bit of experimentation, you can find the concealer with the best consistency to not only hide your cold sore, but also revitalize your complexion.
The Foundation and Concealer Method For Cold Sore Cover Up
Wash Your Face
It always helps to apply makeup to a fresh, clean face. This removes all traces of bacteria, dirt, and debris and helps your makeup adhere firmly to your skin.
Apply Cold Sore Medication
There are many different medication options available to treat your cold sore underneath your makeup. Each medication offers its own perks, such as numbing pain, hydrating dryness, or soothing irritation. Select the medication that best meets your needs so that you can stay comfortable all day long.
Apply full-coverage foundation over your skin until it’s well-blended. Your layer of foundation should be light and natural, with enough coverage to support the addition of concealer in the next step.
Use a disposable applicator like a Q-Tip or cotton swab to apply concealer over the blemishes on your skin. This includes your cold sore! Apply lightly and in layers until your cold sore blends in with the rest of your skin and loses its angry appearance.
Powder the Cold Sore
Choose a correction powder and brush it gently over your cold sore. This powder helps set your makeup and removes any shine or redness that your concealer and foundation missed.
Finish Other Makeup
Now it’s time to complete your look! Continue by applying pigmented lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, blush, and any other forms of makeup you enjoy wearing out of the house. You’ll feel like the best version of yourself and may even forget your cold sore is there at all!
Other Tips on Covering Cold Sores Effectively
Keep these other tips in mind to hide a cold sore like a pro.
- Distract attention away from your cold sore with dramatic makeup around your eyes.
- Apply a setting spray to ensure your makeup does wear away as the day continues
- Dab concealer onto your cold sore in layers and reapply if needed
You can also start fighting cold sore symptoms early with a natural treatment like Luminance RED. This FDA-cleared device enables safe, highly effective treatments that can cut healing time nearly in half and immediately help reduce your pain and discomfort.