First of ALL
When it comes to makeup, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Think of the world of beauty products as an experimental artsy high school. There are no grades! :P If you don’t feel like putting on makeup, then don’t. If your eyes look like cotton candy in a bad way: swole from crying your lil’ emotions out, then you don’t have to put anything on them.
But makeup helps me feel better when I look like death on a dinghy lost at sea. For me, it’s an extension of the revitalization that the morning shower provides when you’ve been coughing up your lungs or crying out your little boo-hoos. Here are a few simple ways to let makeup counsel your face. :-)
Anti-Puff Eye Rollers
Sweet mother of pearl, these things are amazing! I first tried one of these about a year ago when I wasn’t sleeping much, and the blue under my eyes was starting to match my jeans. I thought that maybe one of these might help take away some of the blueness (literal) before I started in with the concealer that just wasn’t getting the job done anymore. The surprise benefits: the lush cooling sensation you feel when you run the roller under your eye. I quickly started rolling the product all over my upper lid, too, without even taking a moment to read whether that was safe or not (it is). Think: ice cube on puffy eyes but not painfully cold. If you have congestion, this cooling will feel so nice on your hot eyes. I use Garnier Nutritioniste’s Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller.
Eye Shadow Base
Even if all you do is pat a flesh-toned eye shadow base on your top and bottom lids, you’ll look a whole lot better. Bases can take care of all that redness. I’ve been using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion recently.
BB Cream (or Tinted Moisturizers)
I flipping love BB creams. And I never really loved tinted moisturizers. Go figure. BB Creams are an Asian skincare product/cosmetics item that has slowly made its way over to the states. Each of them offer different treatments for your face. I ADORE the Skin 79 Super BB Cream Triple Function ( Pink Label ). When I don’t care to fuss with foundation or moisturizer even, I take a dime-sized amount, place some on either cheek, on the center of my forehead, and on the center of my chin, and then quickly pat it all over my face. This stuff has actually helped even out my skin over time. Oh yeah, and it totally clears it up, too. Ridiculous. Note: I order this one on Amazon. I have yet to see it in any stores in the states.
Cream blushes provide the most natural finish. If you’re wearing no other makeup, then dabbing a little cream blush on your cheeks will really perk up your whole face. Choose a color that best mimics your natural blushing. The new Maybelline Bouncy Blushes go on sheer but not patchy. And they’re tiny, which makes them really cute (and light for travel). If your face is pretty red or blotchy from a cold, then I’d really suggest putting on a BB cream or tinted moisturizer before doing this. If you get sick and don’t get blotchy, well, then you might just be a J.Crew model . . . punk.
If you’re sick or upset, you’re probably a little dehydrated. Put some lip balm in your pocket on your way out the door. Use it all day. And drink water, too. I love the EOS lip balms and the Hard Candy Balminations. Hard Candy has great product names. And these are tinted and smell like a combination of vanilla and lemon. I especially like vampire bite, which adds natural looking life to the face (ironically).
A Brightening Eye Shadow or Illuminating Powder
If you feel up to it, put a brightening eye shadow on just the center of the lid. I prefer to use an all over illuminating powder that I can then also quickly sweep on the high points of my face: top of the cheek bones, down the center of the nose, on the cupid’s bow, and right above the eyebrows. This is a great way to fake looking hydrated. I love Physician’s Formula’s Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl because the powder is extremely subtle and natural looking, which is perfect for the daytime. But if you have a slightly-lighter-than-your-flesh toned eye shadow (not matte), then you can use that to do the same work. Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow in sin is great for the pale kids, and E.L.F’s cream eye shadow in dawn is beautiful on deep skin tones, especially as a cheek highlight.
Makeup might help you feel a little better. :-) But if all beauty thangs are really out of the question, then just grab a big refillable water bottle on your way out the door.
photo credits: lead image courtesy of Montreal 1976