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Have a Cold? How to Look Good When You're Feeling Bad

Updated on December 16, 2015
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It's happened to all of us - we have a terrible cold. Our eyes are red and puffy, our nose is red and sore, our lips are cracked and we can feel a cold sore coming any minute, and the last thing we want to do is get up and go to work. Unfortunately, most of us can't stay at home curled up in bed with a hot cup of tea and wait until the cold goes away. Instead, we need to put our best face on - try the following tips to look better - even though you may be feeling bad.

Bright Eyes

The eyes are often the most obvious sign you have a cold - they may be redder and puffier than usual. When you go to bed, sleep on at least two pillows, which will help to reduce the swelling. Using frozen gel packs or ice cubes in a plastic baggie underneath can also help. Do not use them for more than 15 minutes at a time. You can also try cold tea bags under your eyes for 15 minutes; this help cut down on the redness and irritation. If your eyes are more bloodshot than puffy, eyedrops are a simple solution.

To keep your eyes from looking sore and red, use this simple makeup strategy:

Use some soft peach or champagne shadow to brighten up the inside corners of your eyes. If peach or champagne don't suit you, use a brown or soft gray, beige or gold shadow; just stay away from blue or purple shades. Find a pencil liner closest to your usual skin tone, then line the rim on the lower part of your eyelid. Add a coat or two of waterproof mascara. Voila! No more red eyes. In fact, your eyes now look bigger and brighter.

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Nobody Nose

Feeling self-conscious about the red skin around your poor, abused nose? Try a mint green color corrector - the color will help erase the redness. Blend carefully around the edges and then use your usual concealer over the corrector.

If the skin around your nose is irritated and sore, try a 1% hydrocortisone cream to make it feel better and heal more quickly.

And don't forget to invest in tissues with aloe, which will avoid irritating your nose.


Coming up roses

If your skin feels sallow or pale, try a cream blush on your cheeks - apply it to the apples and then blend upwards to your temples. You can also put a small amount of bronzer on your chin, nose, and forehead; this will give your skin a warmer look.

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Love your lips

With dry, chapped lips, people usually use a dry toothbrush to smooth the flaky skin. However, with a cold, this might irritate it more. The best thing to do is to cover your lips in several layers of a lip balm with a petroleum base or moisturizer to help your lips heal. A salve like Bag Balm, heavy duty balm or lip conditioning treatment will keep your lips moist and reduce cracking. To look your best, avoid light shades of gloss and use a bright color instead.

If you feel tingling or a warm feeling around your lips, a cold sore may be arriving soon. Use a medicated lip product and apply it several times a day. This will help ease the pain but also continue to moisturize the skin. If you are lucky, this will prevent the cold sore from erupting, but if it does, a mixture of tea tree oil and myrrh applied to the sore will help.


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Prime your skin

If you don't usually use a makeup primer, it might be a good idea to apply some - this will help keep your foundation on even through all the sniffing and sneezing and eye wiping. Wait until about 5 minutes after application before you add foundation.

Because your skin may be dryer than usual, use a lighter amount of foundation by mixing it with a moisturizer - this will keep it from caking and look more natural. Before applying primer and foundation mixed with conditioner, apply more than your usual amount of moisturizer - your skin will need it and absorb it easily. You can also use heavier, richer moisturizers such as coconut oil. This will help your skin look brighter and healthier.


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Hydrate from the inside out

Remember to drink a lot of water all throughout the day. When you have a cold, you will be slightly dehydrated, and this will make your skin drier than usual. Replace any alcoholic or caffeinated drink you usually have with a glass of water, as both alcohol and caffeine will dehydrate your skin. Try herbal tea if you get tired of water - it will have the same affect and may make you feel better, too. Just remember to keep drinking.

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Dress it up and feel good at the same time

For most of us, when we have a cold, we don't really concentrate on what we're wearing- we just want to feel comfortable. Unfortunately, this may be the most obvious sign that you don't feel good. Of course you can dress comfortably, but make sure you are wearing well-fitting clothes that make you look good as well as feel good. Pamper yourself with soft, comfortable fabrics like cashmere or a wool blend and wear something you know you look and feel good in - feeling well-dressed and confident will help you look and feel better.

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