Makeup tips for when you don’t feel like makeuping
Being sick is the absolute worst, and as much as we’d rather crawl into bed and forget real life for a day, the show must go on. And while putting on make-up seems like a superhuman effort, it might just be the thing that gives you the boost you need to keep calm, carry on and look a thousand times better than you feel.
Try these three hacks for when you’re unwell but still need to get on with your day.
Skip black liner
Counteract those tired, red eyes by using a nude or white eyeliner pencil on the inner rim of your lower lash line. While you’re at it, use the liner to highlight your brow bones and make your brows look sharper and more polished. You can also use it on your cupid’s bow to create definition - just apply a small ‘v’ at the top of your upper lip, and blend. Oh, and don’t just pull out the nude eyeliner when you’ve caught the office flu - it’s a brilliant beauty trick on any day you wake up feeling tired.
We love: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Define and Highlight Eyeliner Duo in Midnight Sail, Maybelline NY Big Eyes Eyeliner, NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Rue Bonaparte, MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Pure White, Cargo Swimmable Eyes Eye Pencil in Secret Beach, Eyeko London Making Eyes Powder Pink
Apply a luminous primer
A dewy complexion hides traces of the dull, lifeless-looking skin that comes with being under the weather. Prep your skin with an illuminating primer, which will reflect light for an I’m-not-ill-I’m-feeling-fabulous glow. Then, avoid matte make-up as it will exacerbate your pale, lacklustre skin. Don’t worry, it’s just for a little while!
We love: Sheer Cover Studio Base Perfector, Napoleon Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer, Too Faced Hangover Primer, Mecca Cosmetica Complexion Perfection Primer, NARS Light Optimising Primer
Use blotting sheets
Going for the dewy look is one thing, but if you’re on the shiny side thanks to a fever, then faking a glow is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Soak up any excess oil in the t-zone with a blotting sheet and you’ll be halfway to normal again!
How do you conceal a sick day? What tricks do you have up your sleeve?