How to Cover Peeling Skin With Makeup? 5 Quick Solutions

I know the feeling all too well. You wake up, look in the mirror, and see your skin flaking and peeling. Whether it’s from dryness, a skin condition, or sunburn, it can be frustrating to cover up peeling skin with makeup because nobody wants to walk around looking like they’ve got a flaky, dry scalp.

But would you believe that you are just a few steps away from covering up that peeling skin and looking fabulous made up? It’s true! Together, let’s discover how to cover peeling skin with makeup so you can put your best face forward.

What is peeling skin, and how to deal with it?

Like it’s said, the first step is admitting that you have a problem. In this case, the problem is peeling skin. But what exactly is peeling skin?

Peeling skin is exactly what it sounds like – skin flaking or peeling off in small pieces. Peeling skin can be itchy, uncomfortable, and downright embarrassing. But do you know what’s behind that peeling skin?

There are a few reasons why skin might start to peel.

One reason is dryness. When the weather is colder or the air is drier, it can cause the skin to become dry and flaky.

Another reason is a skin condition known as eczema. Eczema is a chronic condition that causes skin inflamed and irritated. This can lead to the skin becoming dry, cracked, and peeled.

The sun’s Uv rays can also cause the skin to peel. When you get a sunburn, the skin becomes damaged and starts to shed to protect itself.

Is makeup safe for peeling skin?

The answer is a resounding yes! Makeup is safe for peeling skin if you take a few precautions.

  • When your skin is peeling, it is more susceptible to infection. So, you must take extra care to clean your makeup brushes and keep them bacteria-free.
  • You should also avoid using any makeup that contains alcohol. Alcohol can further dry out the skin and make peeling worse. Instead, look for makeup products that are labeled “non-comedogenic.” This means that they won’t clog pores or irritate the skin.
  • When applying makeup to peeling skin, use a light hand. Heavy foundation or concealer are not going to do you any favors. Instead, opt for a light coverage foundation or BB cream. Or, if you’re dealing with a few dry patches, try using a concealer stick.

How to cover peeling skin with makeup?

Finally, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty – how to cover peeling skin with makeup.

Start with moisturizing the face

Peeling skin always demands a lot of moisture. So, why not give your skin a little extra TLC by starting with a face moisturizer?

You will be more excited to know about the benefits of using a face moisturizer: it not only provides hydration to the skin but also creates a smooth canvas for the makeup, preventing the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. It peels off the dead skin cells, softens the skin, and makes it supple.

Also, during the makeup process, a face moisturizer provides a protective layer to the skin and does not let the harmful chemicals in the makeup products damage the skin.

Choose a foundation wisely

The next step is to select a foundation. If you have peeling skin, choose a foundation that won’t further irritate the skin.

There are two main types of foundations – liquid and powder. 

Liquid foundations are often more gentle on the skin and won’t aggravate peeling skin. If you go the liquid foundation route, be attentive while selecting one for yourself. Choose a foundation that is light in texture and provides full coverage. Also, make sure it is non-comedogenic so that it does not clog your pores.

Powder foundations can also be a good option for peeling skin. Just make sure to go for a loose powder rather than a compact. Loose powder is less likely to irritate the skin and provides light, airy coverage.

Concealer is your best friend

Now it’s time to cover up those pesky areas of peeling skin. And for that, you’re going to need a good concealer.

Concealer is key when it comes to covering up peeling skin. I was initially apprehensive about using a concealer because I thought it was irritating. But, you know what? A good concealer can help to soothe the skin while providing coverage.

The trick is to find a concealer that is thick enough to cover up peeling skin and gentle enough not to irritate the skin further. Once you’ve found your perfect concealer, apply it to the areas of peeling skin and blend, blend, blend! Ensure there are no harsh lines or clumps of product.

Set your makeup with a setting powder

Keeping your makeup in case of peeling skin can be a challenge. But, setting your makeup with a powder will help to keep everything in place – even if your skin is peeling.

When choosing a setting powder, go for one that is translucent. Translucent setting powders won’t add any extra coverage or color to the skin but will help to set your makeup and keep it in place all day long.

Start by dusting the setting powder all over your face with a large powder brush. Then, use a smaller brush to apply the setting powder to any areas of peeling skin. This will help to set the concealer and prevent it from creasing or rubbing off throughout the day.

Give a final touch

Why not give your skin a little extra glow with a touch of highlighter? I know what you’re thinking – won’t a highlighter make my peeling skin more noticeable?

The answer is no! A touch of highlighter will help to disguise any areas of peeling skin.

I am revealing a little trade secret with you. Use a highlighter that is slightly lighter than your foundation shade. This will help brighten the skin and give it a healthy glow.

Apply the highlighter to the areas of your face that naturally catch the light – your forehead, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow.

And to boost your skin’s hydration level, don’t forget to apply a face mist throughout the day!

And that’s it! Follow these simple steps, and you can cover up peeling skin like a pro.


Peeling skin is no more going to make you feel conscious or low. You can easily cover it up by following the steps mentioned above. Just make sure to use gentle and non-irritating products not to aggravate the skin further.

And the tip for the day- Never be in a hurry while removing makeup. Make it an enjoyable & relaxing moment for yourself. Gently massage your face while removing makeup with a cotton pad dipped in micellar water. Trust me; your skin will love you for it!

Happy makeup

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation?

Tinted moisturizers are usually lighter in texture and provide less coverage than foundation. So, a foundation is better if you want to cover up peeling skin.

Is it better to use a brush or sponge to apply foundation?

When applying foundation, it’s really up to personal preference. Some people prefer to use a brush, while others prefer to use a sponge. If you have to peel skin, I would recommend using a sponge. This is because sponges provide a more gentle application.

How to apply foundation on dry and flaky skin?

You might find that your foundation looks a little cakey if you have dry skin. To avoid this, start by applying a small amount of foundation to the areas of your face that need it the most. Then take a damp sponge and blend out the foundation. This will help to create a smooth, even finish.

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