How To Do Your Makeup When You Have The Flu And Need To Convince People You're Alive

You’re basically on the brink of death, but that’s nothing a little lip gloss can't hide.
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You’re basically on the brink of death, but that’s nothing a little lip gloss can't hide.

I have been sick for the last week, and of course, it isn’t fun. The best part was getting to stay home from work for two days, but even that was painful--specifically chest pain, a sore throat and a raw nose. I lived on a mountain of tissues wearing leggings and oversized sweaters while watching Event Horizon followed by Jingle All The Way.

When I did have to go to work, I needed to pull myself together. But who wants to put on a full face of makeup when breathing through the nose is impossible?

The face of someone very, very ill. Help me!

The face of someone very, very ill. Help me!

So I realized that all I had to do was look refreshed. And this is how it’s done during unhealthy times.

Moisturize

When I was at the peak of my sickness, I felt like crap and my red nose had started to peel. My face was definitely paler that usual and covered in random patches of oil and dry skin. Not pretty. 

Washing your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturizing it is essential. Apply moisturizer several times if necessary--you need your skin to soak it all up. Drink a couple of glasses of water, too. Actually, never stop drinking water!

For a peeling nose, I always apply Burt’s Bees Soothing Lip Balm with Eucalyptus & Menthol. I know that putting lip balm on your nose sounds ridiculous, but it is a super-cheap and easy way to get rid of the redness, soreness and peeling. 

This lip balm is meant for severely dry lips and soothes and heals all of the area. I rub it into the affected area and leave it on for about 20 minutes before actually doing my makeup. And for better results, leave it on overnight.

Foundation, Concealer & Blush

You want to keep the makeup light, so apply a light foundation or BB cream.

Use a creamy concealer to reduce any redness around the eyes and nose. Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin is the best! You can layer it on and it has great coverage. Need I say more?

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in #5. Yes, I am a pale chick.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in #5. Yes, I am a pale chick.

And I used a powered MAC blush in Mocha. It gives your sick and pale face a rosy glow.

MAC Matte Powder Blush in Mocha

MAC Matte Powder Blush in Mocha

Natural Eyes

Your eyes have been teary, and they probably look tired. Refresh them with some eye drops, and use naturalm light shades to open up the eyes.

Seriously can’t live with my Naked Palette.

Seriously can’t live with my Naked Palette.

I used a very light purple shade on my entire lid and a bright glittery white on the inside of the eye. Both are from the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Curl the lashes to open the eyes more and apply a light coat of waterproof mascara. You’re probably going to keep sneezing, and using a lot of mascara will probably get it all over your face.

Fresh Lips

To finish off the look, apply a pink creamy gloss or a berry-tinted lip balm to moisturize your lips and give you some color. 

I applied Kevyn Aucoin Elegant Lip Gloss. It is very sheer and gives the pout a pretty shine.

Kevyn Aucoin Elegant Lip gloss in Cloudaine.

Kevyn Aucoin Elegant Lip Gloss.

And you’re healthy again! Just kidding! This tutorial won’t get rid of the cold, but at least you’ll look good and refreshed.

This is me wanting to go back to bed.

This is me wanting to go back to bed.

Trying not to sneeze.

Trying not to sneeze.

Now you look like you’ve been sipping mimosas in your Italian villa all morning after some major beauty rest.

Oh! And make sure to wear a ribbon in your hair to distract everyone from the runny nose.

Oh! And make sure to wear a ribbon in your hair to distract everyone from the runny nose.