A top make-up artist’s tips for how to cover up the symptoms of a cold
-Dec 17, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
The festive season should be full of fun not full of cold, but unfortunately many of us find ourselves coughing, spluttering and sniffling our way into the new year. But if you refuse to let it dampen your Christmas spirit then make-up artist Candice Meggan can at least give you some guidance as to how to cover up cold symptoms with some nifty cosmetic advice.
With Christmas and New Year’s Eve just around the corner the festive season is in full swing. But the party season isn’t without its downside; from hangovers, shattered immune systems and fighting cold and flu season, the symptoms of which are difficult to hide. But, if you want to get to January 1st looking fabulous not frazzled, there are some things you can do.
How can I hide bloodshot eyes?
“There are a few things you can use for bloodshot eyes, depending on where the redness sits,” says Candice. “If its due to irritation or lack of sleep then you can use a cool compress, soothing drops or even eye whitening drops. But if you don’t want to go that route then there are cosmetic options too.
“There are plenty of brands that produce white or skin tone eyeliners for your waterline, these are a great way to cover up that redness.
“If the skin around your eyes is irritated due to rubbing them or too many parties then a green tone colour corrector is what you are after. The green knocks back red and then you can put your foundation over it.
“A word of warning though. Don’t use too much as you can end up looking a bit ill. Less is more here. If you don’t trust yourself with a green colour corrector you can also use a normal concealer and a fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff it around the lash line.”
Is there a way to even out reddened skin complexion?
Candice says: “You can use an all over skin perfecter which can have a mother of pearl effect with light reflecting particles in it. Then apply your foundation or tinted moisturiser over this to give you a healthy looking even skin tone.”
My nose is red raw from blowing it. Should I apply make-up?
“If you’ve caught the dreaded lurgy and your skin is raw from blowing your nose you should avoid foundation on those areas,” advices Candice. “It is preferable to leave the skin to recover, I would recommend applying a thin layer of something like Sudocreme which has antibacterial and moisturising properties and let the redness calm down.
“However this is often not an option for you over the party season and so if you absolutely have to wear make-up, then I recommend using a mineral makeup as this will be less likely to cause further irritation.”
How can I reduce my puffy eyes?
“There are so many options like eye creams that help with puffiness, eye masks, the eye gel masks or even tea bags, but my personal favourite is tablespoons!
“Take two tablespoons and place them into a cup or glass and fill the glass up with ice cold water. In the interim do your morning/evening skin care routine and finish with Lumity Facial oil all over you face and concentrating around the eye area, this will help with allowing the spoons to glide over your skin rather than drag it.
“Remove the spoons from the water, shake them off and place the convex sides over your eyes and apply gentle pressure for about ten seconds. The spoons should fit into your eye sockets. Then gently drag the spoons off to the sides of your head and repeat this about three times and not forgetting to dip the spoons back in the ice water each time to cool off. I find this helps with puffiness and is so soothing for the eyes its definitely my top tip for puffy eyes.”
“If using under eye gel masks try using a soothing Aloe Vera or cucumber infused eye gel and place them in the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to using them! Leave them on for 20 minutes or more if you have the time and this will help with reducing puffiness.”
What can you do for cracked and dry lips?
“The best thing for dried lips is lots of TLC. Start off with a gentle lip scrub to remove any rough skin. You can make your own using a few drops of Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil mixed with course brown sugar granules. Gently buff over your lips then wipe off with a damp cotton pad.
“Next dab some Lumity oil onto the lips and massage gently in sweeping motions from side to side. Once the Lumity is absorbed then top your lips off with a lip mask. You can use a gel lip mask which fits over your lips or a I like a thick balm you wear overnight. It provides intensive hydration and you will wake up with soft kissable lips.”
What would you use on other parts of the body that might have become dry from scratching or dehydration?
“I always use Lumity Skin Nutrients Facial Oil on dry areas like elbows, knuckles, cuticles, knees, ankles anywhere you need a bit of extra moisture. My favourite trick with Lumity is always using it under something else as a moisture booster and as it’s an oil it seals in moisture. Using it after a shower is perfect. I then top it off with a body lotion or facial moisturiser and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and glowing.”
Is there a way to keep my skin from drying out?
“First and foremost you absolutely have to step up your skincare regime,” insists Candice. “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and that means drinking at least two litres of water a day. This will help keep your skin to stay plump. Invest in a great cleanser as with all the extra makeup and nights out, ensuring your skin is squeaky clean before bedtime is imperative to keeping the wrinkles and blemishes at bay! You can even use your Lumity Facial Oil as a cleanser and it works a treat by dissolving makeup and grime.
“Use a rose water mist and while it’s still damp on your skin seal it in with a layer of Lumity Facial Oil, next pop your moisturiser over this and only now do you have permission to fall into bed.
“The golden rule for great skin over the festive season is to take your makeup off before bed!”
For more tips on keeping your skin fresh and fab over the holidays read what A-list facialist Sharni Darden suggests doing and if writing your Christmas list is stressing you out you might want to learn why giving gifts is better than receiving them.