Sick days – we all have them in varying degrees of suffering. However, it doesn’t mean we should look like it.
I honestly prefer to be makeup-free when I’m just not in the healthiest physical state. There’s the puffiness, the redness, the congestion, the chills or the heat, and I just feel so much better without makeup on these horrible days.
However, there’s always that off chance we need to get out of the house when we’re sick. Like a day at work you just can’t afford to skip, or you have to step out and get some meds or actually see a doctor to maybe – i don’t know – survive the day.
On those days, there’s nothing wrong with going out with a bare face. The plus is, the doctor or the pharmacist won’t even have a single doubt that you’re sick. But sometimes you just still want to look cute or at least look like a human being when you’re sick, and not see a soul-inhabited zombie when you look in the mirror.
These tips I have today are based on my personal experience. So if you want to know how to look good on sick days, keep reading!
- Wear a tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead of your usual foundation for healthier looking skin. This tip would help combat the sallow skin and eye bags. Maybe it’s the weather or you’re just not getting enough fresh air or sun, but whatever it is, a tinted moisturizer feels “lighter” on the skin and will definitely feel less clingy than foundation. That helps when you’re already feeling congested, puffy, and sweaty.
- A concealer is must-have if you’re heading out with makeup. Applying concealer on top of your tinted moisturizer will do a good enough job of making your skin look less irritated, raw, or red.
- Put ice on your eyes to lessen the appearance of irritated and puffy eyes. It feels good, too. Just put a few ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a hand towel or cold compress and place this over your eyes for about 10 minutes. You have to take breaks of course whenever your eyes sting or feel numb from the cold.
- Over-the-counter eye drops will also help clear out the redness in your eyes if you don’t have time to do number 3.
- Drink enough fluids, and my strong recommendation is just plain ol’ water. Dehydration doesn’t look good on anyone. There’s the dull hair, chapped lips, and dry skin – and all can be eliminated by enough hydration. And use moisturizer, too.
- Did you know blue eyeliner makes the eyes look brighter or more awake? It may or may not work well with your skin tone or the overall makeup look that you’re going for, but I suggest you try it for yourself,
- Don’t skip curling your lashes. You might have droopy eyes or watery eyes, but please keep your lashes out of the great depression. Curl your lashes before putting on mascara to make your eyes look more awake and less tired.
- If you have bruise-like discolorations on your face such as in the under-eye area, use an orange or reddish tinted concealer or primer to cancel out the bluish-blackish hues.
- Wear lipstick with a pop of color. Nude lip shades are sultry and natural looking but this is not the time for that. Wear something red or hot pink to brighten up your face and avoid looking washed out.
Do you have more tips on how to look good while you’re sick? I’d love to hear about them below!
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