Makeup for sick days

We all get sick from time to time, especially in the winter when there’s flu going about, but sometimes you still need to go out and get those last minute Christmas gifts. Although you don’t really care about what you look like when you’re ill you might still want to apply a little bit of makeup just to brighten up your face and make you look more perky when you’re in public. However you probably don’t feel like spending ages doing your makeup when you’re sick, so this is a quick, natural makeup routine that will brighten up your face and feel comfortable on the skin…


If you have an incredibly uneven complexion then you can use a BB cream, however I feel this isn’t necessary for most people so just stick to concealer; it’ll be much quicker and your face will feel fresher if it’s allowed to breathe more. Take your concealer, I’m using Collection 2000’s Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair, and dab it over any blemishes, redness around the nose and mouth, and of course under your eyes, and blend it out to make your skin look flawless. Next just lightly dust your face with translucent powder such as Rimmel London’s Stay Matte powder to set the concealer and stop your skin from looking oily.

Now for the eyes, first define your eyebrows to give you a more youthful look. Brow mascara’s like Maybelline’s Brow Drama are the quickest way of giving your brows more definition and look very natural, so just sweep the mascara through your brows and comb them accordingly. The makeup is very minimal; first tightline your eyes and line your waterline using a dark brown eyeliner pencil (I’m using one by Natural Collection) to define your eyes and make your lashes look fuller, thus making you look more perky and youthful. Brown eyeliner works better than black as it looks more natural. I wouldn’t recommend applying your regular mascara as it can feel uncomfortable on your eyes and will run if you’re eyes are watering because of your cold. So instead just curl your lashes to make them stand out more and define your eyes.


Apply some lipbalm such as my favourite cocoa butter Vaseline to make sure your lips are soft and smooth, and finally apply a lip and cheek tint/stain. Clinique’s chubby stick in Super Strawberry is designed to be just a lip tint however it’s creamy formula makes it perfect for blending into your cheeks to give a rosy glow; this is perfect for when you’re sick as it will brighten up your face and make you look more healthy. A lip tint is also essential as being ill often drains the colour from them so this will give your lips a natural pink colour again.

And that’s how to do simple, natural makeup for when you’re sick; this routine should only take around five minutes and will brighten up your face even if you’re feeling ill. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this!


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