As I've mentioned on Instagram and in my previous posts, I caught a nasty cold in early September and spent the whole month coughing. Annoyingly I caught another cold in October, which meant lots of sneezing for a change. I had to take a small break from following media and blogging, but I'm more than happy to be back typing this post. Here's my routine and tips to A) make yourself more presentable when sick (or busy/lazy/etc) B) most importantly: feel like a human again.
First things first: No sane person expects you to wear makeup when you're sick. I think binge watching movies while looking like a racoon on the couch is totally acceptable. If you can, get some ginger tea and go back under the blanket. But as an adult you're sometimes expected to suck it up, make yourself presentable and get out of the door. And no way I could be makeup free a whole month!
Extra tips if you apply makeup when sick
- Sanitize your hands before doing your makeup and every time you sneeze.
- Don't stick your fingers into any pots or pans, you don't want to spread the bacteria.
- Always wash off your makeup, no matter how tired you are.
- I don't believe in completely hiding the fact you're sick: just own the situation if needed. And rest.
This is not exactly makeup, but an useful tip for both special occasions as well as being sick: cool eye patches. I love sheet masks, but the eye patches I've tried have left me a bit underwhelmed. This isn't about the patches per se, but how cool and hopefully moisturizing they are. Grab any eye patches suitable for your budget and pop them in fridge. If you wish to save a penny, two large spoons will do. The cool patches will soothe and help to reduce any eye area puffiness. With cool spoons you can do a gentle massage or just place them over the eyelids. I do the same with eye drops as they calm dry eyes immediately. Simple, classic, but works!
My essentials for minimal "no makeup makeup" are skin and brows - the rest are extra. Skip all faff and focus on hydration and moisturizing - the other treatments can return to your routine later. Raw, irritated skin feels bad after all that sneezing and is best left alone or with minimal enhancing. I wouldn't use heavy foundations or anything transferring as I might go back to bed any minute (which is totally OK, resting is essential).
I'm not big on primers, but I did reach for my Rouge Bunny Rouge Prelude in the Clouds Aqua Primer every time I needed my makeup to look extra good despite my dreadful state. It prolongs the longevity of makeup only mildly, but gives a nice "drink" to the skin and helps with any tightness. My foundation also seems to go on a bit smoother every time I prep my skin with the Aqua Primer. My foundation of choice during the sick weeks was ADDICTION Tinted Moisturizer as it feels and looks feather light. I always use a brush, but the texture would be easy to blend with fingers as well. I feel it wears long without fading, oxidising or sinking into fine lines. If you suffer from lots of redness I'd go for a heavier coverage. The lightest shade is an excellent match for my ~MAC NC15 skin tone.
If you need to look awake: use a corrector. Trust me on this. Wear peach, pink, whatever suits your skin tone. On my fair-ish skin I prefer layering a lightweight and light reflective formula, Dior's Skin Perfector being my favorite. The click pen applicator makes it easier to place under the eyes and hollows near the inner corners - concealing this area is a must as it brightens your look instantly! The Dior blends easily with fingers, which quickens the application process nicely. It doesn't completely cancel the blues and purples of my under eyes, but makes them a bit more light and neutral. If you've missed many nights of sleep Urban Decay's Naked Skin or Bobbi Brown's correctors are much more opaque, but I personally prefer a lighter coverage and layering with another concealer. I love NARS concealers - I use the Radiant Creamy Concealer and the new Matte concealer under the eyes equally, but I prefer the Matte one for blemishes, redness around the nose etc. as the texture won't draw any light to these spots.
Brows I do in the same manner as I always do, which is frill-free filling and follows my natural brow shape. I brush my brows with a spoolie and fill in the sparse areas with myy Viseart Structure powders. Viseart brow powders are so pigmented, high quality and you get a ton of product, but unless you plan to switch your hair color or do someone else's makeup you'll do fine with a single or duo brow powder. Sometimes I topped my brows with my Rouge Bunny Rouge clear brow gel, but I often was too tired to remember. If you're sick, I would suggest following my method of favouring powders or perhaps a pencil and leave the intense and sculpted high maintenance brows for better days.
With the steps above I could call it a day. But loving makeup, I rarely can quit it there. I curl my lashes and brush on some mascara: I'm loving the Heroine Make Long&Curl in the non-waterproof version. The non-waterproof is still very water resistant, doesn't flake or smudge on me even if happened to have tears in my eyes. It's also fairly easy to wash of with warm water. I add the double sided Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyes Wide Open pen on my waterline and inner corners to brighten up the eyes and dab some RBR cream blush on my cheeks.
Cream formulas are usually quick, seamless and effortless, which is why I like them when I'm not feeling my best. Look for the "fattest" part of the cheek right under your pupils when you look straight and apply. Having blush on top of the cheek instead of cheek bones makes the look more fresh and energetic - if you can't feel fresh and energetic, at least you can look like it. I've liking the RBR cream blush in Manet a lot. It applies rather sheer but blends nicely with the skin for a healthy, rosy flush.
That was my whole routine! Have you worn makeup despite being sick? What where your top choices?
Rouge Bunny Rouge brow gel and Cream blush wand kindly sent for consideration. My thoughts are my own.