Going out in public is hard when you're suffering from a cold and it's taken a toll on your skin. Even though you want to stay wrapped up under blankets, watching Netflix and drinking ginger ale, eventually you’ll have to emerge from your bed and go back to work or school. When you do, you’ll probably want to hide your stuffed, red nose, tired skin, and chapped lips. This list of makeup products will help you look like yourself when you’re not feeling your best.
Not only is the cold air sucking the moisture out of your skin, but constantly blowing your nose is going to leave behind dry patches and redness. Because your skin may be a little bit more sensitive than normal, stick to something that's fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (meaning it won't block your pores!) like Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. It contains no lanolins or parabens and is good for all skin types.
Sticking with the theme of moisture, it's probably best to stay away from matte foundations since you don't want anything highlighting dry skin. You'll also want a foundation with good coverage if you have any extra redness or breakouts. Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation is a great choice for when you're not feeling your best. It has a "visible anti-fatigue effect with peptides and a Vitamin Moisturising complex" to bring some radiance back to your skin.
Your concealer should have the same qualities as your foundation. You want something creamy in texture so that it doesn't cling to dry spots and something with great coverage to conceal redness, under-eye circles, and any problem spots. NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer is lightweight, long-lasting and has medium to high buildable coverage to help hide your cold.
To bring back your glow, apply a highlighter to the high spots of your face where the sun would normally hit: the tops of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, and brow bone. MAC Cosmetic's Prep + Prime Highlighter adds a subtle brightness to your complexion and it can also be used in place of under-eye concealer.
This step may seem excessive, but it makes all the difference. You may have heard of lining your eyes with a white pencil, but a less obvious option is lining your waterline with a skin-colored pencil. It hides any traces redness and fatigue and is much more natural looking than stark white. NYX Cosmetic's Wonder Pencil is incredible. Not only is it great for lining your eyes, it can also be used to conceal blemishes and line your lips!
If you're sick, you'll probably want no-fuss eye makeup, and cream eyeshadows are great for that. Using a light color like Maybelline's Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Barely Branded will bring a subtle brightness to your eyes and it's incredibly long-lasting. All you need is a quick swipe across the eyelid and you're set for the day.
Mascara, whether black or brown, is a no-brainer when you want a polished look. If your eyes are watery, you may want to opt for a waterproof mascara. Smashbox recently released their Photo Op Eye Brightening mascara that, while not waterproof, is long-lasting and is formulated with Blue Prism Technology, "a blend of micas, titanium and blue pigments that make the whites of your eyes pop!"
A cold can leave you looking pale and if you've used a foundation and concealer that's high coverage, you want to add some color back into your face. NYX's blushes have great pigmentation and they have a huge range of colors all for $5. "Pinched" is a coral pink with gold glimmer and is a cheap dupe of NARS blush in "Orgasm."
If you're sick, you probably won't want to deal with glosses or lipsticks. But you should make sure you apply something to help keep your lips from getting irritated or chapped. Vaseline's Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter will soften and smooth dry lips and keep them moisturized all day long.