Makeup For When You’re Sick

Hey guys! If you haven’t guessed by the title of this post, Makeup For When You’re Sick, I got sick. AGAIN. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been sick this year. It’s dreadful. Ugh. Anyways, I decided to look at this as an opportunity to show you guys my makeup routine (or lack thereof) for when I’m feeling under the weather. 

Makeup For When You're Sick

Why Wear Makeup If You’re Sick?

Maybe you aren’t sick enough to stay home from work, and you still want to feel confident in your appearance at the office. Or maybe you’re stuck at home but you still want to feel cleaned up. For me, when I have a cold I like to look in the mirror and think I look sick but it’s not too bad, as opposed to yeah I look like crap. It’s purely a mental thing. I feel less sorry for myself when I’m still taking the time to take care of my skin and appearance. I don’t wear a full face of makeup when I’m sick, but I sometimes like to minimize the appearance of under eye circles and redness around my nose. Here’s my routine…

Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Kit

Step 1: Conceal, Don’t Feel

Frozen is my go to movie to watch when I’m sick. My husband hates Frozen, but when I take a sick day he puts up with it! I don’t bother with foundation, but I will dab a tiny bit of concealer on under my eyes and around my nose to minimize redness. I currently use the Maybelline Master Camo Color Correcting Kit (reviewed here). Next, I set it with e.l.f. setting power.

Step 2: Neutral Eyes

For my eyes I apply a tiny dab of eyelid primer. I’m currently using Urban Decay Primer Potion. My go to eye palette for sick days is a Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad. It’s composed of neutral shades for a simple eye look. I set my primer with the lightest shade, then take the shimmery greyish shade and pop it into my crease, and add a tiny bit of the dark brown shade in the outer corners. I blend, then my eye look is done. Absolutely nothing fancy!

I skip eyeliner and mascara as I don’t want to get my sick germs all over my everyday products. It’s a lot harder to sanitize an eyeliner or mascara than it is an eyeshadow palette!

Step 3 + 4: Brows & Lips

I use a Nyx Micro Brow pencil on my brows, lightly filling them in and then combing through with the spoolie. For the same reason that I don’t wear eyeliner or mascara while Ill I don’t wear lipstick. I will apply lip balm though!

Sephora Citrus Brush Cleaner Review

Step 5: Clean Your Brushes!!

I have two possible methods I might use to clean my brushes. The first is using baby shampoo, which is best for getting cream products off of your brushes. The second is using a brush spray. If I have a cold I prefer the shampoo method, as it’s more thorough, but a spray is better than nothing. If you’re feeling extra cautious, you can take a little spray bottle filled with alcohol solution and spritz it lightly on your palettes. The alcohol should kill any germs without wrecking the palette.

     Tutorial: Baby Shampoo

Tutorial: Citrus Spray

What’s Your Makeup For When You’re Sick Routine? Do you wear makeup when you have a cold? 

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  1. ashleybethbeauty
    September 15, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    This is a great post! Thanks for the tips!

    • September 15, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad you found it helpful xx

  2. beautyandbonbons
    August 30, 2017 / 6:07 am

    Great post! I personally go bare when I’m sick because my eyes water and it’ll mess it up anyway haha

    • August 30, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thanks for reading! That’s a fair point, watery eyes aren’t makeup friendly at all!

  3. August 29, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I definitely do this when I’m sick! I love wearing minimal makeup on icky days for a pick me up!

    • August 29, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Thank you so much for reading Abby! I’m glad you liked the post 😊

  4. lifeofangela
    August 28, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I tend to forget about makeup on sick days, even getting dressed 😂 But it could be a nice way to distract yourself for a while about how your body is feeling 😀

    • August 28, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      If it’s a day off from work I won’t even change out of my pyjamas 😄 but I do like to put on a little bit of makeup if I’m feeling up to it. Thanks for stopping by Angela!

  5. August 28, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Nice little makeup routine for sick days! It’s hard to want to do makeup when you’re feeling like crap haha I usually still do my full makeup routine for work but if I’m home, I usually wear nothing. If I’m going out, concealer and mascara for me make a big difference and then I don’t look so sick!

    • August 28, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thanks! I spent the first two days with no makeup, but the third day I was like, maybe if I do my makeup I’ll feel better? It really didn’t work that way but I tried lol

      Concealer is the best to hide the signs of a cold, I don’t know what I’d do without it! This week I started wearing mascara again, but I’m using the smash box one I don’t like so I can throw it out when my cold goes away 😅

      • August 29, 2017 / 1:53 pm

        Speaking of concealer, I meant to tell you that I love Frozen too. XD

        • August 29, 2017 / 3:58 pm

          Haha It’s so good! I can’t wait for Frozen 2!

  6. aliandliz
    August 28, 2017 / 10:27 am

    I totally think that having brows is the key to looking somewhat put together! Loved this post

    x Ali

    • August 28, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. And I agree, even if you aren’t wearing any makeup but a brow pencil it really makes a difference ❤

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