13 September 2017

How to combat your sick face

Yup, totally appealing title, I know. Now, I wrote a similar post a little while ago around how to look after your skin when you're feeling especially poorly. However, today I really wanted to focus on how to disguise those "tells" on your face - the ones that people pick up on and say "Oh wow, you really don't look well do you".
Lovely, lovely people.

So let's start by talking about what these "tells" are, and then we can dig into how to disguise them. Or at least try to.
Tell #1: Puffy Eyes - basically how the entire world can see you're sleeping like crap because your eyes shrink to the size of a marble. Fun times.
  • Use an illuminating concealer for under your eyes
    I tend to do this anyway, but when I'm ill I go a little bit more extreme. By using a highlighting concealer, or an illuminating one under your eyes, it'll help to brighten the area and make your eyes look a little more awake. I love Rimmel's Match Perfection Concealer, and Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch Concealer is also a dream. I sometimes use this across my lids as well - especially if I'm not going to wear eyeshadow - as again it helps to brighten above the eye as well.
  • Use a nude liner on your waterline
    By putting black liner on your waterline you'll make your eyes look smaller - so avoid this while you're feeling bad. To open it up a bit use a nude liner, like Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude - it'll just help the eyes to look bigger and more awake. FYI - mine has recently gone missing, so all the sympathy please.
  • Use a highlight on the inner corner of your eye
    I always tend to use a highlighting eyeshadow, but when I'm ill I tend to reach for a full on, full coverage, in your face highlighter for my inner corner. Again, it just opens it up and helps you look a bit more alert. I really love Benefit's Watt's Up for this - I have a travel version so it's the perfect size to get to the inner corners and blends beautifully. The colour is also warm, so it keeps everything looking nice and warm on the eyes. I tend to use this as a bit of an eyeshadow as well when I'm feeling bleugh as it's warming and just helps you look brighter.
Tell #2: Red Nose - happens to the best of us. You have a cold, you need to blow your nose - a lot - so you get a sore nose. Standard.
  • Keep the area hydrated with a facial oil
    Your nose is going to get super sore, you're going to keep blowing it and you're going to keep sniffing. Because of this the skin is going to get dry and sore so make sure you look after it. A facial oil is great for this, as it's super concentrated in terms of moisture and make up still sits nicely over the top of it once it's sunk into the skin. I use the Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for this. Because it's a dry oil it's actually great if you have oily skin as it doesn't make it worse, and it just smooth's the area over nicely and keeps it hydrated.
  • Counteract the redness with a green colour corrector
    A beauty trend that can be a little daunting, but in general is a life saver when you're ill. I use a green ALL OVER MY NOSE - well, maybe a little excessive but all around the red areas. Once I've popped my primer on, this goes over the top - I blend with my finger so you can still see a tinge of green but it covers the redness - and then apply my base over the top. The Rimmel Insta Conceal and Correct Palette is great as it has a variety of colours, so perfect when you're ill, but I'd also try the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Correction in Green. In general the concealer is high coverage and long lasting, I haven't personally tried the correction version, but I've heard amazing things and if it has the same formula as their standard conceal, with the correction element, you know it's going to be a winner.
Tell #3: Dull/Tired Skin - again, lack of sleep and energy means your skin suffers. You look pale, drawn and generally your skill looks dull and lacking in life.
  • Counteract the dullness with a lilac colour corrector
    We're back in with colour correcting - see what I mean about it being your best friend? My cheeks tend to really suffer will dullness when I'm ill. So I take a lilac corrector, like the one in the Rimmel Palette, and blend this over the apples of my cheeks, up to the hairline. Again, before foundation.
  • Use illuminating base products
    Your face is going to be dull, and probably dry, so avoid matte base products and go in with some lovely glowy products that illuminate your skin. I love Nars Sheer Glow as a glowy base at this time, but if you don't want to pay out for a foundation then put a liquid highlight in your current base - like the Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlight. It'll just add extra luminosity to your base and really brighten the skin. I would also use this along my cheek bones as a normal highlighter to really brighten the face up.
  • Use a brightening serum
    Serum's can be pricey, so if you can't fork out for one then use the tip above and you'll be okay. But for something extra, add a brightening serum into your skincare routine. I tend to swap out my moisturiser for this and it works wonders. In particular, I'm obsessed with the Vichy Idealia Life Serum. This has been a staple of mine for years now, I find it just puts life back into the skin, brightens it up and makes you look a lot more human.
So that's it! I'm sure there's loads of other tips and tricks out there as well to help when you're feeling under the weather, but for me these really help to combat and disguise the main tells my face gives away when I'm feeling like crap. I hope you enjoyed the post - and I'd love to hear what your tips and tricks are for staying alive during this time - because I feel like death.
Much love, Lisa May xx

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