Nothing knocks you down and out quite like a bad cold. Just because you don’t feel great, doesn’t mean you can’t look great. Follow these tips from makeup guru Bobbi Brown to look healthy, well and rested.
Double up on moisturizer
Sick skin means a dry, dull complexion. For an instant fix, Brown advises wearing two moisturizers at once. Apply a lightweight hydrating cream first, then layer on a rich balm. We like: Neutrogena Oil-Free Fresh Ultra-Light Moisturizer and Decléor Aromessence Essential Balm. “This combination smoothes and plumps skin, leaving it luminous and fresh,” says Brown. Be sure to down plenty of water— it will keep you and your skin hydrated.
Use concealer to hide a sleepless night
If you were up all night coughing, fake a restful night’s sleep by using a yellow-based concealer to neutralize any redness or darkness under your eyes. We like: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Creamy Concealer Kit. Use a concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation then layer on a yellow-toned powder on top. If you are porcelain pale, use a white-toned powder—yellow tones look unnatural on super-pale skin.
Stick to the makeup basics
The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling ill is apply a full-on face of makeup. Skip the excess cosmetics and just do the basics. Brown recommends spot-applying foundation to camouflage a red nose and swiping a peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks to fake a healthy flush. Finish off with a quick coat of mascara and a touch of gloss for a healthy and polished look.