How I Do My Makeup When I’m Sick

For the last week and a half, I’ve been quite sick – a wheezy cough, pounding head, and runny nose have made me feel and look like utter garbage. I’m blaming this flip-floppy St. Louis weather. Warm and sunny one day, and then snowing the next. Yeah, SNOWING in April. I miss Florida.

Anyways, most days that I’m sick I don’t want to put on makeup. I’d like to curl up in bed with a box of tissues, a bowl of soup, and a gallon of NyQuil. However, I work from home as an ESL teacher and I video conference with students. I LOVE my job, but my lessons are booked several days in advance and I hate canceling on my kids.

So, do I want to shove my crusty face in front of the webcam and terrify these kindergarteners? Nope! But I also don’t want to take 30 minutes to slather a bunch of makeup on my face and look picture-perfect. I just want to look healthy. So, I’m going to share with you my top secret sick-day makeup routine. Nobody will even guess you are sick!!

Okay, so this is how my face looked before the routine. Trust me, it looks worse in real life. Good lighting smooths over a bunch of flaws.


I look quite pale and dead-eyed; I want to bring some artificial vibrancy to my face. I’ve picked out these products to help me out:


My skin always gets super dry and dehydrated when I’m sick, so the first thing I want to do is add some hydration. I used the e.l.f Hydrating Gel Mist, which does such a great job of plumping my skin and making it feel a little healthier.


I want to keep building on that hydration, so I’ll pull out my Lumene Lahde Purity Dew Drops, Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, and MAC Strobe Cream.


I have sunken shadows under my eyes; my favorite remedy for that is the Lumene Lahde Purity Dew Drops. This is a gel that you pat on your undereye area; it instantly delivers hydration through ingredients such as birch sap, vitamin B5, and Arctic spring water.


Next, I mix together the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion (which is just a moisturizer), and my MAC Strobe Cream. I only use a tiny bit of strobe cream, to give a hint of glow. In the photo below, the top blob of product is the moisturizer, and the bottom blob is the strobe cream. I spread it all over my face with my *clean* hands.


Next, I use my favorite Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ONLY under my eyes. I’m not going to worry about covering my blemishes today.


Then, I will lightly dust on a face powder with a kabuki brush. I am using the Evanescence Imperceptible Powder from Rouge Bunny Rouge. This is an amazing blurring powder, and never fails to make me look fresh-faced.


We’re halfway done! Here’s how I’m looking after applying the powder:


At this point, my face looks much more hydrated, and the color is even. However, I want to add a healthy flush to my cheeks. The best blush for the job is the e.l.f. HD Blush. This is INSANELY pigmented; I put one pump on my hand, and then use about 1/10th of that on my cheeks. I blend it out as much as possible, and the end result is an incredibly realistic flush on my cheeks. It’s subtle enough that you can’t really tell it’s makeup.



Next, I take a little bit of a light shimmery eyeshadow and pop it on my lids. Today I’ve used the Colourpop Puppy Love shadow, which was a limited edition light peach shade with an iridescent pink sheen. I put the slightest amount on my lids, and it makes my eyes look brighter and more awake.



My final step is to use a clear lip gloss. This Kopari Lip Love is one of my recent favorites; it is glossy without being sticky, and it smells of coconut and vanilla!



That’s it! Here’s how it all turned out:


You can’t even tell that I am sick from the picture! I don’t look amazing, but I look healthy – and I did it without having to slather tons of foundation on my face. This could also work as a no-makeup look! AND, it took less than 5 minutes!!

I really hope you enjoyed my sick makeup routine. What products do you use to give yourself a healthy glow while under the weather?

8 thoughts on “How I Do My Makeup When I’m Sick

  1. Always Cleia says:

    I hope you get better soon! I always put on just a tiny bit of makeup when I’m sick, it makes me feel slightly better somehow 😄
    That elf blush does wonders, I agree it gives the most healthy flush!


    • The Whimsical Chick says:

      Thank you! I am feeling a lot better now 🙂 The worst part of being sick is always how messy the house is afterwards, lol!

      The elf blush is wonderful 🙂 Elf had a spring sale recently, and I bought so many things from their site. I hadn’t tried any of their products in about a year, and it seems like the quality has really improved.


      • Always Cleia says:

        Lol I can relate, who has the energy to bother cleaning up when they’re sick?

        My last elf order was 2 years ago 😨 it’s been too long! I’ll definitely pick up that blush next time 🙂


  2. Kindly Unspoken says:

    Oh wow that blush totally brightened up your face and brought out your pretty eyes! It can be hard to want to put makeup on when you’re not feeling your best, but these are great tips!


  3. heartloveshome says:

    Sorry that you’re not feeling well. I just recently got over a cold. When you’re sick, you don’t want to do anything, even your makeup. Looks like you’re all ready to video chat! The routine is simple and gives you what you need to look healthy.


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