How to Disguise a Cold, According to a Makeup Artist



Notice how colleagues around you are sneezing, people sat next to you on your commute are incessantly sniffling (is there anything more annoying?) and everyone's just not looking quite their perky best? That's because we've entered cold and flu season. What joy. Now, we can down all the ginger shots we like and up our fruit and veg quota but, chances are the sick bug will catch up with you sooner or later. (Sorry, but you know it's true).

The thing with colds and flu is that they can leave your nose red, skin cracked and complexion pale even once you feel better. So while makeup is most likely not going to be your top priority if you're bed bound on a sick day, once you start to feel like you can face the world again you'll want to find ways to disguise the remnants of your cold with clever makeup trickery. So we called on Kirstin Piggott, Rimmel London's Global Make-Up Artist to reveal how you can disguise a a cold, because if you look better you'll start to feel better. We promise.

Treat Your Skin First

"After being under the weather with a bad cold it’s key to keep your makeup looking fresh and minimal, start by giving yourself an express DIY facial before to instantly revive tired and dry looking skin," suggests Piggott.

"A good cleanse, tone and moisturise can make the world of difference, stimulating and hydrating the skin back to life, the skin will look smoother and brighter. For super soft hydrated lips buff them and apply a good moisturising lip balm, and lastly apply eye drops to reduce redness and instantly wake up tired puffy eyes."


Choose a Hydrating Foundation

"When it comes to your base, it's all about creating a healthy radiant-looking complexion and avoiding anything that will grab onto any dry areas," explains Piggott. "Rimmel #Insta Flawless Skin Tint (£7) is an ultra lightweight formula that gives you a gorgeous radiant complexion, whilst erasing signs of fatigue. It leaves the skin hydrated for up to 24 hours."

[Ed note: If your skin is feeling seriously parched mist it with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, £20, beforehand.]

Don't Just Conceal, Colour Correct Too

"Concealer is essential when trying to disguise the aftermath of a cold. Use a light yellow-based concealer to hide dark purple/blue under-eye circles from lack of sleep; green-based concealers to neutralise redness around the nose and an apricot hued concealer to brighten the skin making it look natural."

Go Easy On Your Eyes

"Don’t over-complicate your eye makeup or try to cover up tired eyes with a heavy eye look, keep it simple with soft brightening eyeshadows instead," suggests Piggott.

"Still feeling a little tired? You can instantly wake up your eyes by curling the lashes to really open and accentuate the eye area. Go easy on the mascara if your eyes are still feeling a bit sensitive. Rimmel's Wake Me Up Mascara (£8) contains vitamins and cucumber extract so lashes feel conditioned all day long."

Blush is a Must

"To bring your complexion back to life add a gorgeous healthy pop of colour to the apples of your cheeks. Opt for a cream formula as this will be easy to blend, hydrating and will will leave your skin dewy so as not to accentuate any dryness like a powder could," says Piggott.


Assess Your Lips

"If your lips are feeling dry and chapped it's best to avoid lipstick or lip gloss and stick to a good old fashioned hydrating lip balm. Can’t bear to forgo colour? Use a tinted lip balm instead."

[Ed note: We love Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm, £15.]