I always thought it was a cruel joke to have a holiday that you want to smooch and look extra sexy coincide with a season during which there is the potential to look and fee like crap because of colds or flus. Ha ha, Mr. Cupid. Very funny.
Here are a few tricks to at least look pretty even when you're pretty sick. But when it comes to sharing the germs, that's up to and your kiss target.
Problem: No Sleep
You have: Raccoon eyes
Pretty Quick Fix: Slice a raw potato and place the slices under your eyes for a few minutes. The potassium helps get rid of under-eye dark circles. Place a dot of light eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye and poof! You just slept eight hours. I've had good luck with Tarte's Rest Assured Brightening Wand.
Problem: Constant Nose Blowing
You have: Flaky nose and dry skin
Pretty Quick Fix: Vaseline, lanolin (although true lanolin is kinda stinky for under-nose placement) Iit doesn't have to be an expensive moisturizer, it just has to be an extra emollient one. Gently rub a generous amount onto the flaky nostril area. Don't use your regular moisturizer if it has any anti-aging properties, because those ingredients might irritate skin further.
Problem: Itchy, Drippy Nose
You have: Redness
Pretty Quick Fix: If your nose is a la Rudolph, dot on a bit of your concealer and blend to the outer edges. Oil is a good thing in this case, since it can help stave off the flakes that sometimes accompany redness, so a "shine-free" or "mattefying" formula might dry you out further.
Problem: Itchy Eyes
You have: Puffiness
Pretty Quick Fix: Apply a cold compress to your eye area for five to 10 minutes to decrease swelling. Don't have that kind of time? Place ice cubes into a bowl of water, and splash your face a few times. This will increase circulation and decrease the puff. Lining the bottom inside lash line with a white eyeliner will also help to whiten and brighten red, itchy eyes. Try Shu Uemura's Eye Light Pencil in White.
Problem: All of the Above
You have: Pale skin
Pretty Quick Fix: Choose a tinted moisturizer for sheer color (or try mixing your regular moisturizer 50/50 with a foundation). Finish with a sweep of peach or pink powder blush for a healthy glow. Keep it light, so it doesn't look like a fever gave you rosy cheeks.
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