The talk show host said her eye infection has "taken on a life of its own"

By Hanna Flanagan and Dave Quinn
May 26, 2020 12:33 PM
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Kelly Ripa is perfecting her makeup skills during quarantine.

On Tuesday's at-home episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the talk show host, 49, revealed she’s been covering up a stye with concealer for nearly four weeks while social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic — and she’s pretty proud of herself!

"I also deserve a special Emmy for special effects makeup," she told co-host Ryan Seacrest, after the pair discussed their primetime Emmy nominations. "I've never had a stye before…About three or four weeks ago, one popped up. And, you know, [I] called the doctor. He said there’s really nothing to do."

The star has been using ointment and a warm compress for the ailment, but the at-home remedy hasn’t exactly been working. "It has now taken on a life of its own, a shape of its own," she shared, adding that even her doctor was surprised by the severity of it.

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“I have FaceTimed my dermatologist, who said, ‘Whoa! That’s crazy!’” Ripa said.

Seacrest, who saw a photo of the eye infection before Ripa applied concealer, had a similar reaction — he told his co-host her “special effects design is fantastic” after seeing how well she hides it on camera.

“Does it feel like you’re wearing a fedora on your eyelid?” he joked. To which Ripa replied, “I feel like I’m wearing a baseball cap. A baseball cap is on my eye.”

She continued, “Here’s what’s interesting: my dermatologist said, ‘Have you been wearing makeup?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And he said, ‘Really? Because I saw you on the show and you had makeup on.’ And I said, ‘Well, I had to conceal it, otherwise people will see this other person growing out of my eye'."

Ripa then asked her viewers to suggest at-home remedies for her stye, saying she will test them out for the show since she’s an “amateur dermatologist.”

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“I don’t have my medical degree, but I am a dermatologist,” the television personality joked.

As PEOPLE previously reported, Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have been social distancing with their kids in the Caribbean amid pandemic.

The couple — who share daughter Lola, 18 and sons Michael, 22, and Joaquin, 17 — were on a trip together with their children when ABC instructed them to shelter in place, a source told PEOPLE earlier this month.

“The family was on a trip in the Caribbean when told to shelter in place and decided to stay put,” the source said.