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The past couple of weeks have been difficult, mainly because I’ve been dealing with the dreaded flu! It got to a point last week where I couldn’t even get out of bed, and couldn’t even eat anything past clear liquids. Just a few days ago, I was finally able to eat AND keep my food down, so I’m definitely on the road to recovery! But because I’m a mom who also works, sometimes resting is not quite an option, and skipping out on certain things is not acceptable (I was NOT going to miss my best friend’s wedding!) so I gathered all of my strength and compensated with beauty products to make up for how worn out I feel on the inside, hahaha. Isn’t that the beauty of make up? Interestingly enough, I get a lot more compliments on my makeup when I’m feeling under the weather, which really inspired me to write this post: a tutorial on dramatic eyes with a few make up tips for when you’re sick!
Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom
Because of the virus attacking my system, my eyes were red, burning, itchy, dry, irritated, and watery all at the same time. It was intense to say the least. But I picked up Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom from Walgreens and it relieves ALL of those symptoms. All of it! And I didn’t even touch or rub or poke my eyes for the rest of the day! I love the fact that it’s preservative free. Most eye drops out in the market have preservatives in them (to prevent the growth of bacteria in the bottle, a valid reason) but a lot of people are sensitive to it and can even make symptoms worse! The Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ bottles have a built-in purifier in them that keeps bacteria out. I found it in the eye + ear care aisle at Walgreens!
Here’s a coupon for $3 off!
- Green + Purple Primer
I make sure I use this every time I don’t feel well but need to put on make up. Green combats the redness in your skin, and when you have the flu or a cold, you’ll have a lot of that especially around your nose and eye area. Purple fights the yellow undertones in your skin, which I also need because my face looks uneven and dull when I’m sick.
- An Even Layer of Foundation
This honestly just brings the color back into my face. Notice how the foundation actually matches the color of my neck? That means my face is supposed to be that color, but being sick completely drains it out of me.
- Defined Eyebrows
If you’re going to have dramatic eyes, you’re going to need some strong eyebrows to balance it out. I usually get a fine eyebrow pencil that’s similar to my hair color and outline staring from the end/tail of the brow, working my way in. Once I have the shape, I just fill it in with hair-like strokes. I have been playing with the thought of trying some eyebrow permanent makeup, any ideas?
- Dramatic Outer Corners
I know that Fall has started, so I have gone darker on my make up, but I don’t want it to completely be dark and heavy. I use some light brown shades for the inner corner and crease, and have it go darker on the outer corners of my eyelids, similar to a gradient or an ombre! Make sure you blend, blend, blend!
- Unapologetic Eyeliner
Add on some gel eyeliner. I use waterproof gel eyeliner for when I’m sick because it stays on there for as long as you need it to. No watery eyes or oily lids will make it budge. To pack a punch, make sure your eyeliner is sharp and unapologetic. Make it so sharp that you can cut paper with it (exaggerating, of course, but you get what I mean). We’re drawing attention to our eyes because we want the attention on them and not your red, peeling nose.
- Conceal and Bake
Be gone, puffy eye bags! After putting on mascara, apply concealer OVER your foundation under your eyes, and immediately apply a liberal amount of setting powder within seconds. LI.BE.RAL. Let it sit for 5 minutes and buff the excess off with a huge brush. This will give you an airbrushed look, brightening up your under eye area as if you weren’t sick at all!
- The Right Shade Of Blush
You want to hear a tip on blush that I learned in a make up class? Pick a shade that’s closest to your natural lip color. That shade of blush will look the most natural on you!
That’s it! Add a bright/bold lip if you would really like to make a statement and divert the attention away from your pale skin and irritated, stuffy nose! Check out the difference (and no shame in a makeup-free selfie):
I hope you guys found my make up tips helpful for the next time you’re not feeling well but have to keep things moving! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips that would help next time when I have a cold!