Makeup for a Sick Day: Glowing Skin and a Pop of Colour

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Makeup is therapeutic for me.  I was always the student who would stop studying hours before an exam, and instead use the time to shower and put on at least a half face of makeup, just because it made me feel so much better. The same applies to being ill. I have been down with a bad throat, so when I felt down in the dumps, of course I decided to dress up my face.. (stop judging).

With my skin looking particularly dull, I wanted to cheat a glow, and add a flush. I used a lot of old favourites (as you can probably tell by the “well-loved” and abused packaging). Here’s how I created the look:

  1. Mixed one part Laura Mercier Radiance Primer with two parts Dior Skin Nude BB Cream in Fair 002. I didn’t bother applying the primer before the BB cream (just because..), but you feel free to do so.
    Other similar primers include high-end products like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, or budget friendly options such as the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator, Body Shop Radiant Highlighter.
  2. Tarte CC Undereye Corrector in Light-Medium to cover those hideous dark circles from staying up coughing all night, with some Maybelline Eraser Concealer in Light. I may have used my Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer on another day, but this is a slightly lighter colour and so it brightens the undereye.
  3. The cheeks and nose were discreetly sculpted using the Burberry Effortless Contour Pen in Medium 01 (view my post here), and I applied one of my favourite everyday blushes – Fratboy by The Balm and the ultimate highlight with the Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter.
  4. For my eyes, I tried the new L’Oreal Super Liner (Perfect Slim), and I am in love! I would not call it a ‘drugstore’ product because it is more mid-ranged, but it is waterproof, and truly stays on all day. The tip is very thin, but still flexible enough to create a good mini winged eye look. I think it gives good competition to my favourite Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. The only difference is maybe in the way it comes off. The L’Oreal liner can be slightly smudge-y when coming off, while the KVD liner is much more bullet-proof.
  5. The fun part – the pop of colour under the eye. I love doing this for a slightly smokey and a little less-boring eye look; I lined a little outside my lower waterline with the Sephora Jumbo Eye Crayon in Green. These crayons come in a variety of colours, and are very comfortable to apply and blend out slightly with the finger. They claim to be 12-hr wear, and I can definitely get through the day with these. Infact, I like the slightly faded look it gives by the end of the day. However, I feel that I need to apply a kohl into the waterline as well to avoid looking washed out (or having green eyelashes).
  6. Finished off the look with a natural lip using Clinique lip colour in Melon Pop. This has a glossy texture and is very easy to wear (not long lasting though).

Here’s the finished look.




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