Saturday, 6 July 2013

Red, watery eyes, runny nose, blotchy skin and chapped lips… having a cold isn’t nice; you not only feel awful but you don’t look too pretty either. But there’s no need to let a nasty chill wreak havoc with your looks (or your plans). Master these easy beauty tricks and face the world looking terrific despite the sniffles.


If the winter chill has left your complexion looking tired and pasty, use a gentle cleansing scrub to rev up circulation and make skin glow. Apply only on the non-irritated areas of your face and follow up with a hydrating, vitamin-rich moisturiser (like Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Concentrate – $40) to soothe soreness around the nose. Pale, sick faces sometimes need a bit of artificial health pumped into them – a sweep of blush will make you look sprightly and healthy. Try Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush ($7.99).


Red and blotchy skin is a sure sign of an unhappy immune system. Use products that counter the redness, like Smashbox’s Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer ($38), then damp-sponge on a sheer liquid foundation to even out the skin tone. Bring out the skin brighteners like Stila’s One Step Illuminate ($36) and Guerlain’s Meteorite Powder ($58). Unlike many other makeup products, which contain titanium dioxide – a white substance that adds opacity (not what you want when you are tired), skin brighteners pack crushed rose quartz and mother-of-pearl, which reflect light to perk up your skin.


Brighten up those groggy eyes with over-the-counter eyedrops that will give them a good cleanse and tone down any redness. Caking concealer over dark circles will only emphasise them further, so dot some where your eye meets the bridge of your nose and gently blend outward. Opt for a lightweight concealer that’s one shade lighter than skin tone. Clinique’s Even Better Concealer ($43) is perfect for this. Follow with a light layer of loose powder. Make sleepy, tired eyes look bigger by running a white eyeliner – like MAC’s Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($12) – along the inside rim (the waterline). Concentrate eye makeup on upper lids, using khaki or gray-brown shadow to neutralise redness. Watery eyes can make your mascara run in nasty streaks. So, when colds strike, go waterproof. Try Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara ($44).


Dry, cracked lips are painful and ugly things. Make them smooth with this old-school trick – brush your lips with a toothbrush smeared in Vaseline. This will buff off any loose skin and leave your lips soft and rosy.
For a more permanent solution, heal cracked or damaged lips with a super salve like Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil ($12).
Finally, slick on a little lip gloss; lipsticks are usually to drying and hence avoidable during this time.


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