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16 Effective Makeup Tricks for Those Moments When You’re Sick

9. Don’t reveal, conceal

One of the top tip-offs that you’ve got a cold is a red nose. Opt for a highly-pigmented, opaque concealer that is yellow-based and just a bit paler than your skin to camouflage the redness.

10. Don’t pile on the base or powder

If you’re feeling pasty, you’ll want to add a bit of color to your face. But play down any pink and bring out the warm tones in your skin by using a bit of bronzer and some peach-toned cream blush for a healthier-looking glow.

11. Brighten up your eyes

Dab pale, shimmery beige or gold creamy eye shadow on your lids and at the inner corner of your eyes to catch the light and to counteract any redness or dullness in the eye area.

12. Use A Rosewater Finishing Spray

To keep your makeup in place when you’re constantly reaching for the tissue box, set it with a rosewater spray. Rosewater is known for its amazing anti-inflammatory benefits that can help calm irritated or overworked skin. The natural oils found in rosewater also help moisturize skin and some types of rosewater sprays also have aloe for even more skin-saving goodies.

13. Cream Blush > Powder Blush

Cream blushes are great because they offer fast application and major color payoff. To avoid a patchy look, skip powder blushes or bronzers that can make skin look even dryer when you’re sick. When choosing a color, go for a soft peach or light pink that looks as natural as possible to the natural flush of your cheeks. If you feel like you need something extra, pick a light reflecting formula that has a light hint of shimmer.

14. Swap Your Eye Pencil For A Brow Gel

If you haven’t tried a brow gel yet, you need to get on it because they are amazing. When you’re so sick from a sneeze attack that steady hands are out of the question, a tinted brow gel will do the trick over a pencil. Not only will it fill in any gaps, but with a mascara-like wand, it takes seconds to swipe on and get instant brows.

15. Swipe On Sheer Lipstick

Sheer lipstick is trending and for a good reason. Makeup brands are coming out with sheer lipstick in a variety of colors for spring because let’s face it, they look good on everyone. Unlike mattes that can be drying and show every single line in your lips, sheer lipsticks are much more hydrating making them perfect for sick days. Plus, they’re not ridiculously sticky like a lip gloss and will definitely give your complexion a boost.

16. Use Blotting Sheets

Going for the dewy look is one thing, but having oily skin is a whole other battle. If you’re fighting off a fever, you may feel clammy and it can show on your face. Your body will produce excess oils and you’ll look shiny in your t-zone areas. Soak it up with a blotting sheet and you’ll be good to go.

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