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How To Hide/Conceal A Cold Sore

You can hide your cold sore using lipstick or concealer except when you have an open cold sore because it may become infected. It’s best to wait for a cold sore to become partially healed and scabbed over before hiding it. To start healing your cold sore use Blister Balm® External Analgesic Ointment.

How to Hide a Cold Sore

Tips to Hide a Cold Sore:

  • Use a concealer with a creamy texture, not a liquid. These concealers are usually sold in small jars, tubes, or compacts, and are very concentrated.
  • Only a small amount of a heavy concealer is needed — a little goes a very long way.
  • If you have a lot of redness, you may benefit from using concealer in two different shades: a yellow-based concealer to neutralize redness and a concealer that matches your skin tone.
  • Dab on the yellow concealer using a disposable makeup sponge. Start with a very small amount and build it up, if necessary, to avoid cakiness.
  • After the yellow concealer is applied, top it with a very light dusting of finishing powder. Pat it on lightly to avoid disturbing the concealer.
  • Next, gently dab on the concealer color that matches your skin tone and use a stipple motion to blend.
  • Apply another light dusting of finishing powder to set.

For a detailed tutorial on how to hide a cold core with concealer and lipstick click here.

Disposable makeup sponges minimize the risk of spreading cold sores.

Bonus tip from

"I would advise using disposable applicators to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Small makeup sponges will help achieve a better finish than cotton buds as the scab, plus moisture on the skin can encourage little bits of cotton to stick."