How to hide signs of a cold with make-up and skincare

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Did you wake up with a nasty cold? There’s no need to look like death warmed up – these beauty tips and products will erase the signs of illness and restore health to your complexion.
Red nose, chapped lips, puffy face, a pale complexion – these are just a few of the beauty woes that come with a cold. Make-up may not be your top priority when you’re seriously under the weather, but once you’re over the worst it’s time to breathe some life back into your complexion. Here are a few clever tips and products to help you look better than you feel. 

Make sure you're using a rich cream

A rich, nourishing cream will soothe parched skin and restore your natural glow. If your skin is dry and irritated, add a few drops of facial oil to your everyday face cream and pat it into your skin for an extra moisture boost.

Placecol Illuminé Reviving Oil 15ml 450; Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream  50ml 295 SHOP NOW; Clarins Hydra-Essentiel 640 SHOP NOW

Grab a soothing balm 

The sensitive skin around your lips and nose is hit hard by a cold, and may appear red, inflamed and chapped. Protect and repair it with an intensely nourishing balm that seals in moisture and helps your skin bounce back quickly.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant 50ml 315 SHOP NOWNuxe Reve de Miel Super Baume 475; Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm 1050 SHOP NOW

Boost radiance with hydrating foundations

Consider hydrating foundations and tinted moisturisers your skin’s new best friends. These hardworking products revive a dull, uneven complexion, giving your skin a healthy colour boost while erasing signs of fatigue.

Inglot Beautifier Tinted Cream 399 (Exclusive to Edgars); MAC Lightful C + Coral Grass Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster 560 SHOP NOW; Clarins Skin Illusion SPF 15 515 SHOP NOW

Colour correct with concealer

A concealer is essential when trying to disguise the aftermath of a cold. While hydrating foundations and tinted moisturisers go a long way to conceal shadows and red blotches, colour correctors target specific skin problems. A yellow-based concealer diminishes purple or blue under-eye circles; green-based concealers neutralise redness around the nose; and an apricot-hued concealer brightens the skin for a fresh, healthy look.

Clarins SOS Primer Diminish Redness 425 SHOP NOW; Sisley Instant Correct in Just Rosy 1110 (Exclusive to Edgars) SHOP NOW; Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer 495 SHOP NOW

Use a waterproof mascara 

Sneezes and sniffles mean watery eyes, so keep eye make-up simple with soft, brightening eyeshadow instead of eyeliner, which might smudge during the day. Use a light coat of waterproof mascara to help revive and ‘open’ your eyes.

Kelso Beauty Waterproof Mascara 159.95 (Exclusive to Edgars) SHOP NOW; Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 360 SHOP NOW; Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Waterproof Mascara 610 SHOP NOW

Add a pop of colour to cheeks and lips

Nothing lifts a dull complexion more than a pop of colour. Blush is a must to give cheeks a healthy flush and bring your complexion back to life. Creamy, hydrating formulas will blend easily into your skin and give it a dewy finish, as opposed to powder blushes that may accentuate dryness. As for colour, go for peachy shades. These hues instantly perk up sallow-looking skin. Avoid red tones as these may emphasise blotchiness. Use a tinted balm or nourishing lipstick on lips for a healthy, protective glow.

Coco Rouge Flash in Furtive 645;
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF15 in Blush 255
 SHOP NOWDolce & Gabbana The Creamy Blush In Rosa Aurora 930 (Exclusive to Edgars)


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