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How to Wear Makeup When You’re Sick

It can be very difficult to try and look your best when you don’t feel your best. It is even more difficult when you have to blow your nose every 20 minutes. I was sick for about 2 weeks and I figured out the best way to wear makeup when you’re sick.

Option 1

The biggest problem when you’re sick is that every time you blow your nose, you wipe off any foundation. This leaves you with a red and naked nose. My nose is naturally red, therefore when I’m sick I start looking like Rudolph. My solution to this is to not wear foundation.

Start by priming your face, this is important even if you aren’t using foundation. When you’re sick your skin can tend to be dehydrated and dull, therefore I like to use a glowing and moisturizing primer. Next, go in with your concealer and put this wherever you feel you want some coverage. For example, you could put this under your eyes, on any blemishes, dark spots or redness.  Finally, dust a light layer of foundation powder over everything to set it. This allows you to cover what needs to be covered without creating a mask on your face. A mask that would immediately show when you wipe the makeup off your nose.

Since your skin isn’t going to be at its best, I would recommend using a bronzer that has a glow to it. I like the Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea. This will give some life back to your skin. The same concept goes for blush, I recommend the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. You can add highlighter if you want, but since my cheeks are already glowing from the bronzer and blush, I skip this step.

Now that you have your base, let’s talk about the eyes. I like to make my eyes the focus of the look so that they draw the attention. Make sure you do a bright look and nothing too dark or bold. I have found that dark eyes do not look good on a sick face.

To start,  use your bronzer in the crease of your eye. Then take a bright, light pink or white on the inner corner of your eye. Putting a darker matte shade on the outer corner of your eye will help to make your eye look more open and awake. This can apply to any color scheme, cool toned purples, neutral shades or warm browns. To finish the look apply a bright color to your brow bone and in you inner corner. Top the whole look off by putting a white or nude liner in your waterline.

A nice hydrating gloss on your lips and you’ve got a fresh and glowing face. You can bring your concealer and powder with you to touch up through the day if needed.

Option 2

There are many reasons why not wearing foundation, might not be an option for you. If that is the case, then this option is for you.

Apply your primer, makeup and setting powder as you normally would. Then use the steps that I mentioned above for the rest of your face. Your makeup will be looking great, until you blow your nose for the first time.

Now that you have a full face of foundation and a naked nose, we need to fix it. You will need to bring a stick concealer, foundation powder and sponge with you. Take the stick concealer and cover up the area that no longer has foundation. Pat that in with the sponge and blend it in with the rest of your face. Finally, set it with the foundation powder.

This solution will work for a couple of applications. After that however, your face may start getting dry, flaky and cakey.

Unfortunately, when you’re sick there really isn’t a great way to keep your makeup looking flawless. However, these tips and tricks will help keep it looking as good as possible!




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