Christmas is over (sorry, I won’t stop complaining about that until at least mid-february), and all we are left with are the less pleasant sides of winter, i.e.: cold time! Read on for 5 simple beauty dos and don’ts that will help you look better than you actually feel… 🙂
- Always look on the bright side!
OK, you might be stuck in bed with a nasty cold and not feel like doing anything. But you could drag yourself out of bed for three minutes and put on a face mask, right? Make use of the time spent in bed or on the sofa and go for intensely moisturizing products on at least a daily basis: Your skin will need it more than ever. Plus, when do you ever have the time to indulge in a little spa treatment at lunchtime or in the morning? If you are afraid to spoil your bed or sofa, try sheet masks. And don’t forget about the lips, they are the first ones to suffer when your nose is congested and you have to constantly breathe through your mouth!
- The Happy Medium
If you have to leave the house and don’t want to frighten the children, as one says in France, a little make-up could come in handy. However, in order to make yourself look better rather than worse, you should find a way to balance out your complexion without drawing attention to the dry patches and rough skin you might suffer from after a week of blowing your nose. I admit that this can be really tricky: On the one hand, you would need a really heavy foundation to conceal all the redness, spots and dark circles, on the other hand, the poor condition of your skin will not agree with high coverage make-up products. I therefore suggest to skip liquid foundation altogether and go for a rather heavy moisturizer instead, combined with targeted concealer use and little to no powder: Being slightly shiny still looks healthier than looking chalky or cakey as a consequence of your foundation or power setting oddly.
- Add life, not death!
I know contouring has probably been the most hyped trend of 2014 and will continue to be en vogue for sure, but when you are feeling down, by all means avoid adding any additional darkness or shadows. Full stop. Instead, go for a nice bronzer and a subtle highlighter. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer in Light Matte for instance adds colour and life to your face without being too dark even for sick-day complexion: Apply it with a large fluffy powder brush to the areas the sun would naturally hit, i.e. to your forehead, your jawbones and the back of your nose. Avoid the hollows of your cheeks! I repeat: No added shadows! As far as highlighter is concerned, you want to go for a brightening, but not shimmery option. Save your glittery Mary Lou-Manizers for better days and opt for a subtle touch of light like Alverde’s Rose Tinted Highlighter or even Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat. Use a light coral blusher, but only if you are not suffering from (irregular) redness anyhow.
- Give your skin some extra help
When your body is fighting off a cold, your skin renewal rate will be slowed down: Since skin cells don’t turn over as quickly as they usually do, your face might look dry, dull or even scaly. Products containing retinol or AHAs help fasten your cell turnover and give your skin back a healthy glow. Make sure however to only rely on this kind of treatments if your skin is not too aggressed already, and if you are absolutely familiar with the products you intend to use. Follow up with a moisturizing mask and cream.
- Stay realistic
I completely understand the temptation to try and draw away attention from your dark circles by the means of a red lip. But for how long is that red lip going to look great on a day where you have to blow your nose, sneeze or cough every five minutes? And are your lips really in the condition to pull of Mac’s Russian Red? I recommend opting for a matt lip balm like Weleda’s Everon (something greasy like Carmex might add an odd shine around your mouth, which is totally undesirable on days where you do not look your best anyhow), a tinted lip balm or an intermediary product like Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, Revlon’s Lip Butters or one of Catrice’s beautiful new Gel Colours.