How To Look Good When You Have A Cold


How To Look Good When You Have A Cold | The Lifestyle Archives

It’s that time of the year when colds are running riot. You’ve probably had at least one by now, if not… TELL ME YOUR SECRET! No, honestly, please do.

During the Christmas period a member of my family suggested that I write a beauty posted focusing on what makeup to wear when you have to go out (maybe there’s an event or occasion that you can’t miss), but have a cold that’s made you look like Rudolph’s twin.

Neat idea, no?

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, wouldn’t it just be easier to not wear any makeup and that be that. Well, yes. But not many of us would feel amazing at a party/event/whatever if we didn’t wear a little bit of makeup to cover up the fact that we’ve been in bed all day with a mug of tea and a box or 2 of tissues.

So I’ve come up with a handful of (hopefully) helpful makeup tips so that no one will know you were even ill – unless you stuff tissues up your nose that is!

How To Look Good When You Have A Cold | The Lifestyle Archives


Primer is something you either love or you’re not a fan of. However it’s a game changer for making your makeup stay on all day, which is great if you have a runny nose. Additionally, if you suffer from redness when you get ill, there are some amazing green primers to counteract it.

Not many people will want to pile on foundation or wear heavy coverage, especially when having a cold. So instead I’d recommend a BB cream / very light foundation that makes you forget you’re wearing it. My top two are the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. A lighter base means that if you have to blow you’re nose you won’t be wiping off half your foundation – never a good look. Alternatively, if you’re quite happy with your skin, just add a touch of your favourite concealer.

If you have oily skin, I definitely recommend setting your base with a fine powder.

How To Look Good When You Have A Cold - eye shadow | The Lifestyle Archives


I don’t know about you, but whenever I get ill my eyes usually get quite red, which can be a dead giveaway that you’ve got a cold. I end up needing to put eye drops in throughout the day, however this can be a nuisance when you wear mascara. So what’s the best thing to use? It’s simple, waterproof mascara. A nightmare to take off, but it doesn’t budge if you need to put eye drops in.

Another way to reduce the redness, or better yet cover it up is to use a nude or white eye liner (Charlotte Tilbury and Rimmel have some good ones). Not only is the redness around your eyes covered up, but it brightens them too.

And lastly for they eyes, eye shadow. Of course you don’t have to wear any eye shadow if you don’t want to, but if you did a light shimmer would complete any look.

How To Look Good When You Have A Cold - lipstick | The Lifestyle Archives


Lip balm never goes a miss when you’re ill, and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is one of my all time favourites and acts as a great base for adding your go-to lip lipstick.

A red or bold lip is one of the best and classic ways to create a focal point that deters people’s attention away from the fact that you have blood shot eyes / a runny nose or whatever. Have you ever noticed that when someone wears a red or bold lip your eyes are instantly drawn to that feature?

A red or bold lip is perfect for any occasion and makes you look more put together, even if you’ve only taken 5 minutes to get ready.

There’s one final touch that will help your makeup stay in place and that is the a good setting spray. Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray is one of the best I’ve used, and a bottle lasts a long time – I’m still using my travel size!


What do you think of these tips and tricks? If you have any add-on suggestions, please leave a comment below.

If you liked this post, you might like my minimal skincare routine and winter morning hacks.




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