Very few of us will be able to make it through fall and winter without getting a cold, or worse, the flu. And for those with wimpy immune systems, sickness happens far more than once a season. Since life and work must go on despite red blotchy skin, a sallow complexion, and dark under-eye circles, we asked makeup artist Tina Turnbow to offer a few tips on camouflaging the visible effects of feeling like total grossness. She’s a Chicago native, so she knows a thing or two about frigid weather-inspired maladies. Otherwise, we can’t say enough good things about a steady regimen of DayQuil and Sudafed PM.
With all the friction from persistent tissue-to-nose action, I can’t help but feel that foundation is completely out of the question when a head cold sets in. Or am I missing something?
I would suggest camouflaging with a tinted moisturizer that sinks in and protects the skin and won’t look too cakey or rub off. I love Chantecaille’s Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer because it has great coverage and protects the skin from the environment.
What about general nose redness—what’s the best way to remedy those unfortunate Rudolph moments?
I really like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer pencil. Just dab it on the tip of the nose and blend and it will totally stay put. I have also been using Mineral Fusion concealer, which is really good for the skin and has incredible coverage. You can also touch up throughout the day with a powder foundation such as La Mer’s The Treatment, which has skin-conditioning ingredients, or Benefit’s Get Even powder to eliminate the redness. Any yellow-based concealer or powder is the best option to counteract and camouflage redness.
Gotcha. What about combating dry, cracked skin?
The best thing to do for the dry, cracked skin around the nose is to exfoliate and moisturize. A washcloth rubbed gently on the nose and lips while in the shower is a good way to exfoliate. Then always use tissues that have aloe in them and avoid putting any powder on the scaly areas; it will only make them more obvious.
And for dry lips? Is there any way to give them some much needed color?
Well, first make sure to apply a good lip balm every night, like the ones by Amore Pacific or Burt’s Bees. Then Tarte’s Vitamin-Infused Lip Glosses protect against the environment and add color and healthy shine—or Korres’ Liquid Lipstick is richly pigmented and very moisturizing. If you would rather stick to your own lipstick collection, just make sure the shade you choose isn’t frosty or too dark, so crackage doesn’t show, and layer it on top of Origins’ Underwear for Lips.
With lack of sleep and flulike symptoms come puffy and watery eyes. What’s a girl to do?
Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage is really excellent for de-puffing. You can also try lubricating eye drops by Refresh or Similasan for dry-eye relief. With eye makeup, use shades with yellow undertones, like warm peachy matte hues. Try Three Custom Color’s Clarifying Eye Pencils along the inner rim to eliminate redness, and pile on the mascara—I like L’Oréal’s Voluminous Million Lashes—to distract.
Any good ideas for making lackluster skin look a little less…meh?
Try adding a touch of color with the Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer in Glow or something a shade warmer to blend into your usual color for a healthier tone. Add a nice cream blush with a golden peachiness; you don’t want anything pink on already pink cheeks! I recommend either Tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy or NARS Cream Blush in Cactus Flower. Also, fair-skin types can add Fresh High Noon Freshface Glow or warmer types can use Twilight—they both have rosewater, cucumber, and algae that balance moisture.
Do you have any all-around favorite cold-weather combating products?
Definitely. It’s all about conditioning the skin, protecting it as much as possible, and using the nighttime to intensely hydrate and treat it. For serums, I like Intral Darphin Redness Relief Soothing Serum or Juice Beauty’s Soothing Serum. During the daytime, there is NUDE Skincare’s Advanced Smoothing Complex, which has loads of hyaluronic acid to trap moisture, or REN’s Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. For the eye area, try La Mer’s Eye Balm Intense, the name kind of says it all; and Aquaphor is definitely the best lip protectant. Cleanse your face at night with a gentle moisturizing cleanser like Jurlique Soothing Foam Cleanser or NARS Gentle Cream Cleanser, then moisturize with WEI White Lotus Hydrating Cream. White lotus is an ingredient that helps the skin retain moisture. I also love a soothing mask like Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask, and misting several times a day with Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist.