Can I Wear Makeup After Laser Hair Removal? A Detailed Guide 2022

Physical value is now on a high pedestal in today’s society. Women, in particular, are under immense pressure to look perfect. This often means adhering to standards that are unrealistic and unattainable. And one of the many ways they try to meet these standards is by wearing makeup.

If you are among the women who had their laser session recently or are planning to have one soon, you might wonder if make is safe. Can I wear makeup after laser hair removal?

If careful, you can wear makeup within 2-3 hours after laser hair removal. But we advise waiting at least 24 hours until the redness and swelling have gone down.

This post is especially for you if you are the one who is always on the go or if you can’t live without makeup. After reading this post, you will know when to apply makeup after laser hair removal, how to use and how often to apply it. So, I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer. Let’s get started!

Can I wear makeup after laser hair removal?

Being hair-free and having smooth skin might make you feel confident about yourself. But the redness, swelling, and irritation that follows laser hair removal can make you feel the opposite.

That’s where makeup comes in. It can help you cover up the redness and swelling and give you the confidence you need to face the world. But if your skin is facing any of the following issues, it is best to avoid makeup altogether:

  • The treated area is still red and swollen
  • You have open wounds or blisters
  • You are experiencing excessive irritation

You can apply makeup if your skin is clear of any of the abovementioned issues. But at least give your skin enough to settle down.

According to Dr. Neil, “If your skin is red and you feel sensitivity, wait until the redness has dissipated. And the skin has returned to its baseline before applying makeup.”

When to apply makeup after laser hair removal?

Sometimes our minds can be more creative than what is possible. We want to know if we can immediately put on our makeup after the laser hair removal session. The honest answer is no, not directly.

An ideal scenario would be to wait 24 hours before applying makeup, but we understand that it is not always possible. If you must apply makeup within the first 24 hours, we recommend waiting at least 6 hours and using a very light hand.

This is because you risk infection if bacteria from your makeup enter the open follicles. Also, there is a risk of additional irritation and inflammation. So please wait until your skin tells you it’s time, usually 12 to 24 hours after the treatment.

But how to check if the skin is now ready to wear makeup? I know it cannot be obvious. After all, you are not a dermatologist or a skin expert. A simple test can reduce your confusion.

Gently press the area around the treated site. If it feels sensitive(stings or burns), wait a day or two. Then check for redness with the help of a mirror. If the area still looks red, give it some more time to heal.

Note: If you must put on makeup, we recommend using a clean brush and avoiding touching the area with your fingers.

What types of makeup can I wear after laser hair removal?

You can wear any makeup you like after laser hair removal, but some works best, and others only make sense.

Makeups to wear after laser hair removal

  • Water-based makeup: Water-based makeup products are ideal for post-laser skin care. They don’t clog pores, are gentle, and don’t irritate the skin.
  • Mineral-based makeup: Best for its natural ingredients and because they don’t usually contain chemicals that can irritate the skin.
  • Non-comedogenic makeup: This type of makeup is famous for not clogging pores. Non-comedogenic makeup products are perfect for those with sensitive skin. And after laser hair removal, you want to avoid products that can clog your pores.

What makeup should I avoid after laser hair removal?

  • Powdered bases makeup: You have already opened pores by removing your hair. And if you use powdered bases right after laser hair removal, you are more likely to form blemishes.
  • Oil-based makeup: Especially if you have acne-prone skin, you should avoid using oil-based makeup products after laser hair removal. They not only clog pores but can also penetrate and irritate the skin.

Things to keep in mind when wearing makeup after laser hair removal

No strict rules generally define how to wear makeup after laser hair removal. However, I am sharing some of the important and commonly followed tips that will help you in this regard:

Wait for some time: After laser hair removal, you will note a clear and visible difference in your skin. It will look red like someone has given you mild sunburn. If you wear makeup immediately after the treatment, it will be of no use but will further irritate your skin.

Start with a very light layer: Once the redness and irritation have gone down, you can start by applying a very light coating of makeup. This will help you hide some of the redness and help improve your skin tone.

Choose mineral makeup: After laser hair removal, you should opt for mineral makeup. Being a natural makeup, it will not further irritate your skin.

Don’t rub your skin: Keep your hands off your face as much as possible to avoid any breakouts. And if you touch your face, make sure you don’t rub it.

What specific precautions must you take after facial laser hair removal? 

After facial hair removal, your responsibilities double as you deal with the delicate skin on your body. But you can do the job very quickly by following some simple tips.

  • Avoid direct or indirect sunlight: These rules in not just specified for your face after laser hair removal. It’s a general rule to keep your face skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. But these rules get strict when you have recently had some laser treatment done on your face. So, for the next few days after facial hair removal, lock yourself indoors or use broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.
  • Don’t use makeup: This one is the most challenging task for those who can’t live without makeup. But you will have to bear with it for the next few days after facial hair removal. Applying makeup on open pores can lead to infections and breakouts. So, it’s better to avoid makeup for the next 24 hours or even more until you notice the clear drop-down in redness.
  • Avoid rubbing: Itchiness, swelling, irritation, and redness are enough to get your hands on your face. But you must distract your hands, and keeping them busy is the best way to do so. Also, when you feel the urge to scratch or rub your face, apply aloe vera gel or calamine lotion to soothe the skin.
  • Wash your face with plain water: Plain water, it’s enough to wash your face after laser hair removal. Because your skin is now battling sensitivity, soap or conditioner is another enigma to deal with. But opt for cool water after facial laser hair removal.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize: Yes, you need to do it thrice because that’s how important it is. After laser hair removal, your skin loses all the moisture and craves some.


Keep your face sensitivity at the top of your head after laser hair removal. Say no to makeup, wash your face with plain water, and moisturize it as often as possible. And soon, you will have flawless skin, free of any hair.

But if you still can’t fight the urge to put on some makeup, go ahead with a very light layer of mineral makeup. This decision will make you look good and won’t cause further damage to your skin.

So, this was all about wearing makeup after laser hair removal. For now, you know what you should do and what you shouldn’t. But if you are still in doubt, please consult your dermatologist or the person who has done the laser treatment on you.

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