Friday, March 2, 2012

How to? Makeup to Combat a Late Winter Cold ...

I personally find that I start to get one cold after another when winter comes to an end and spring begins. I’m uncertain whether this has to do with climactic changes, temperatures, germs, or my own personal immune system but either way it’s an absolute bother to have a head cold when the rest of the world is finally becoming warm and sunny. Perhaps the most frustrating part about colds, apart from the inconvenient symptoms, is the fact that one is never truly quite sick enough to stay home from school or work. For this reason I’ve come up with a cosmetic arsenal of ways to avoid the red nosed appearance of the common cold.

I think it goes without saying that rest and lots of liquids are always the best way to actually combat an illness. For a literature lover like me a good book and comfortable clothing also help a great deal, so I’ve included one of my current reads. Superficial aids are just that, superficial. They won't cure you, but you may feel better from the outside in.

I typically find that simple, illuminating makeup that allows my skin to breathe is the best way to look refreshed (and awake) when I’m otherwise feeling poorly. My trick a few weeks ago involved layering my go-to winter base product, Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream, under a slightly heavier coverage foundation to target particularly red areas. I then made sure to define my brows and stick to glowy colors on the eyes. I favored Buxom’s Stay There Shadow in Collie and NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Milk: both products are quick to apply but leave the eyes looking refreshed. When I’m not feeling my best I find that thick liner or cat eyes only add to the appearance of fatigue so I often choose to forgo my beloved liner altogether in favor of well groomed and defined eyelashes.

The Rose and the Key J. Sheridan Le Fanu
(Clockwise from top left:) Buxom Stay There Shadow Collie, Vichy Dermablend Stick Foundation, Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream, Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara, NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk, Lotus tissues)

After the exertion of school or work the makeup comes off and one wants nothing more than to be lying in bed drinking a hot cup of tea. I’m particularly vigilant about moisturizing my skin when I’ve come down with a cold as I constantly feel parched. Over these past few weeks as I’ve gotten over a particularly unpleasant head cold I’ve been loading up on Vichy eye cream at night to keep my under eyes from looking puffy or too dry, and a generous does of Avène Cold Cream.

I’ve long been a fan of Carmex but avoid it when I’m feeling well as the product can be a bit drying on my lips under normal conditions. While suffering from this last cold I experienced regrettably chapped and ragged looking lips. Carmex not only helped to repair my swollen lips, but also soothed them. Another favorite, Nose Better, is something I discovered during my years working at a pharmacy. This blue mentholated cream soothes and moisturizes red, chapped noses. The combination of these two secret weapons really did the trick and in no time I was apply lipstick and gloss as I normally would.

(Left to right:) Zinc cough drops, Vichy LiftActiv CX Eye Cream, Avène Cold Cream, Nose Better, Carmex

Colds come in all shapes and sizes (regrettably) so my tricks may be only particularly for the specific ailment that has plagued me on and off for the past few weeks. I’d love to hear your secrets, favorite products and cosmetic tricks that you use when you're feeling under the weather.

Happy spring: here’s to warmer weather and fewer colds ahead!