Secret Beauty: How to Look Good When You’re Feeling Sick

how to look good when sick

Sniffling. Itchy, red eyes. Runny nose. It’s the height of cold & flu season, but even if you’re not feeling your best, that doesn’t mean you can’t look it. Life doesn’t pause when you’re sick, so read on for our tips and product picks to ensure no cold throws you off your beauty game!

The most important thing to keep you looking awake and refreshed is staying hydrated, inside and out. Drink tons of water, more so than usual, to perk up your skin. For extra gorgeous, glowing skin, routinely apply a super moisturizing lotion, like CeraVe’s Facial Moisturizing Lotion.

A sure-fire giveaway that you’re feeling less than 100%? Puffy eyes. Decrease the appearance of puffiness with a great eye cream (Origins’ GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream uses caffeine from coffee beans to effectively de-puff and brighten under eyes). Leave it in the fridge overnight for even better results.

Don’t have eye cream on hand? Attempt a tried-and-true DIY – all you need is two teabags. Place the cold, wet bags over your eyes for 20 minutes while your head is slightly elevated for instantly de-puffed, radiant eyes. Also, to make your eyes look even more alert and awake, apply some beige or pale gold shadow into the inner corners for a subtle, brightening effect.

Wearing makeup when you’re sick can instantly perk you up, and even help you feel a little better. Mascara can help to open up your eyes and make you look more awake, but with all of the rubbing, itching and watery eyes, it’s important to use a waterproof mascara. You want to have a product that stays put. A sniffling girl with raccoon eyes is definitely not a cute look. Waterproof Diorshow is a classic. If your eyes are super red, use Visine drops to help clear them up.

Your nose feels about a million times more sensitive when you’re sick, constantly alternating between being stuffed and runny. Have a relieving sinus spray, like this one by Afrin, in your bag for some major relief, and invest in lotion-infused tissues for your delicate nose. If your nose is still red, keep a concealer (like NARS’ Radiant Creamy) on hand for touchups.

A stuffy nose leads to excessive mouth-breathing which leads to extra chapped lips. Combat this with an ultra-moisturizing lip balm, like Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask.

The perfect finishing touch to your sick day beauty routine? A sweep of bronzer and light dusting of peach blush on your cheeks to restore some color to your face. Go with Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil and Milani’s Luminoso.

Pampadour user Rebecca Shores shared her sick day beauty routine. Check it out:

What do you do to look good when you’re feeling sick? Tell us in the comments below!

Image via Allure