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Summer, while anticipated all year long, comes with a few less-than-lovely side effects. One such being bug bites. The dastardly little irritations are pretty much synonymous with camping, cookouts, days at the beach, and just about any other outdoor summer activity. Not fair. But, before getting caught in that bummed state, remember that there are ways to deal with these itchy bumps so that summer will be nothing but stellar. Ahead we walk you through the process of calming, covering, and clearing bug bites so that if you manage to get bitten, you’ll be well prepared with makeup tips and tricks that work. You’ll definitely want primer, foundation, and concealer for this one!
Luckily for us, armed with the right face makeup products, the redness of a bug bite doesn’t have to be quite as noticeable.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon in Green
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Any time you’re taking the time to apply makeup, you should always start your routine with a dab of primer to ensure the rest of your makeup will wear evenly and go on smoothly. After all, the last thing you want is to work so hard to perfectly conceal your bug bite only for it to melt off in the summer heat. So, reach for a matte primer and spread a small amount all over your face so that you have an even surface on which to work.
Next, use a green color correcting concealer to help neutralize the redness. This works thanks to the color wheel and the fact that red and green are opposite from one another, ensuring optimal coverage. While you’re at it, if you notice any dark circles or dullness, you can reach for peach or purple color correcting concealer to help neutralize those areas as well. Don’t worry if you look a bit like a clown with pastel color splotches across your face. Since you’ll be covering these concealers with foundation and neutral concealer, it will be completely hidden.
When you’re working with bug bites, it’s best to work with matte formulas, as glowing formulas can inadvertently draw more attention to problem areas. So, use a matte foundation in your shade of your choice and use a makeup blender to stipple it into place. As always, you want to remember to stipple, not rub, because rubbing can further irritate your bug bite, making it redder, and effectively undoing all the makeup magic you’ve achieved up to this point.
If you still notice a little redness peeking through, dab a dot or two of a flesh-toned concealer onto your bug bite and use a concealer blender to blend it into place. While you’re at it, you can also add a little concealer to the bridge of your nose, center of your chin and forehead, and in upside down triangles beneath your eyes. Applying concealer in these places will allow you to brighten the appearance of your complexion, adding depth and dimension to your overall beauty look.
Now that you’ve concealed your bug bite flawlessly, it’s time to ensure your look lasts. To do so, use a fluffy face powder brush to dust a coat of translucent setting powder from forehead to chin. Using an ultra-fluffy brush will ensure that the product goes on super-sheer, so that it won’t cake into the creamy base beneath. What’s more, it will turn your momentary perfection into a long-lasting look that gives no hints of any bug bites below. Pretty cool, right?
Editor’s tip: While we’ve taken a full faced approach to a bug bite, note that you can use this same method for bug bites that pop up anywhere on your body. When it comes to your face, you just want to make sure that everything is super-even, hence why we recommend applying makeup from forehead to chin and not in just one spot.
While makeup and skin care are wonderful allies in the fight against itchy bug bites, they won’t do it all. If you want your bug bite to disappear, the biggest thing you can do is keep your hands off. No matter how itchy the little bump becomes, paws off, babes.
Looking for other summer beauty tips? Check out our article, 7 Tips to Help Get Your Skin Ready for Summer.