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Makeup Tutorial: How to Cover a Cold Sore & Other Pro Makeup Tips (plus enter to win!)

Posted by Ali | Tuesday September 23, 201479 comments
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Makeup Tutorial How to Cover a Zit or Coldsore
ChickAdvisor's MJ and Makeup Artist Tracy Peart

Cold Sores may be ugly, but that doesn’t mean you can't look and feel your best even when you have one.  We've rounded up five top makeup artist tips from our new best friend, Tracy Peart on everything from concealing zits and cold sores to other beautifying tricks that you can use to make yourself look like a total babe (even when minor skin-related issues arise).  
 
Makeup Tutorial How to Cover a Zit or Coldsore
Look what happened to MJ's lip! #FaceCrimes #DieColdSoreDie

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Makeup Tutorial How to Cover a Zit or Coldsore
Tip 1: How to ‘Werk’ a Cold Sore Patch

Tracy advises, “I recommend just wearing a bit of lipstick and liner on top of the patch, following your natural lip line.  Because the patch is invisible, you could even get away without putting any concealer on it.  But,” Tracy says, “I recommend using a lipstick instead of a gloss, which might stray off your lips onto the patch.  We can’t have that.”

Tip 2: How to Cover Up a Blemish

“The biggest mistake people make when trying to cover something up,” Tracy says, “is swiping the makeup on instead of stippling it.  Stippling is lightly dabbing or tapping your makeup on, instead of doing a sweeping motion, which actually wipes off your makeup.  I like to call this technique, “hit that zit”. Stippling creates a layer that you can then cover with a bit of powder.”
 
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Tip 3: How to Choose the right colour for filling in your brows


“If you have dark hair, your brows should be 1-2 shades lighter”, Tracy advises.  “For lighter hair it’s the opposite.  Go 1-2 shades darker.  I find that pencil or powder looks more natural.”
 
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Tip 4:  How to apply blush naturally

“There are a few things that are key to making your blush appear natural.  Choosing a blush that has a bit of brown in it will appear more natural.  Apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks, and then blend out towards your ear.  Do not go any higher than the top of your cheekbone.” 

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Tip 5:  How to Apply Eyeliner in a Straight Line

Tracy's mantra: "Keep your strokes fine, if you want a straight line!"  Most people try to draw one solid line in one pass, but that is actually harder.  Doing several short strokes across the lid will achieve one straight line.
 
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If you like these tips, please share this article on your social media channels using hashtag #PolysporinTips for your chance to win a $100 CAD Sephora gift certificate from Polysporin!* 

Tracy Peart (@TracyPMakeup) is the makeup artist to Cityline’s Tracy Moore and Toronto’s  Breakfast Television.  She is also a regular beauty guest expert on Cityline, and a long time industry makeup artist beautifying countless famous faces including Justin Bieber, Bradley Cooper, Kelly Clarkson and Elisha Cuthbert.

*No purchase necessary. Limit of one entry per person, must be a ChickAdvisor member. Open only to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), must be age of majority. Contest closes October 5, 2014. Skill testing question required. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Total approximate retail value of  prize is $100 CDN.
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32 Comments

on February 05, 2016  a.m646  1,024 said:

Pretty neat

on December 15, 2015  Sandra Ribeiro  21,417 said:

Easy to do

on December 15, 2015  Keek  1,110 said:

Interesting

on May 02, 2015  11kalf  15,195 said:

I stopped filling in my eyebrows because it made them look too intense- with dark eyebrows, i guess i hadnt thought of trying 2 shades lighter

on May 01, 2015  mepark  20,309 said:

These are great tips! Will have to try if I get another one

on March 13, 2015  reghina  335 said:

great tips! I definitely needeed that one for cold sore !

on March 02, 2015  rogersresaca  89,517 said:

Thanks so much for these awesome suggestions! I will have to inform my little brother about this, since he suffers from them. Great advice!! Of course, he won't use makeup, but he will have the info on what to do for his cold-sore.

on February 06, 2015  rogersresaca  89,517 said:

Thanks so much for these beauty guides. I especially needed the one about the eyebrow filler. For some reason, my brows quit growing in certain spots and aren't identical.

on November 20, 2014  glumbumble  9,848 said:

These are very helpful tips, thank you for posting them. I had no idea about the blush tip, what makes adding brown to the colour more natural? I love the finished look. She looks beautiful and polished and not overdone in the least.

on November 04, 2014  mamaluv  STAFF said:

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