I’m Sick. Can I Still Wear Makeup?

The short answer: No. The last thing you want is to contaminate your precious makeup with your germs and shorten their lifespan.

But whenever I look back at my 2014 New York album, I would cringe at the sight of my puffy face and crusty nose. I was sick with the flu and didn’t bother to slather anything on while forcing myself to make most of my last few days of vacation.

So let me paraphrase my answer: If you’re just staying home, keep your germy, sneezing self away from the makeup. But if you’re sick on the go (ex. in the middle of traveling or fulfilling duties that cannot be ditched), a little makeup can help you look decent. Here’s how.

1. Use tinted moisturizer or double letter makeup. Thick foundation or powder isn’t a good idea, but tinted moisturizer or BB cream can hide the redness and puffiness without further drying your skin. Make sure your hands are clean before touching the bottle.

Try: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist with SPF 50+, ₱895. I got this from the September BDJ Box Elite and I love its lightweight formula. Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy Liquid to Powder SPF35, ₱2,000 (35ml).

Try: The Face Shop CC Cushion Ultra Moist with SPF 50+, ₱895. I got this from the September BDJ Box Elite and I love its lightweight formula. Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy Liquid to Powder SPF35, ₱2,000 (35ml).

2. Don’t apply anything directly to your face, especially your lips and eye area, because the germs from your bodily fluids will contaminate the entire container. Instead, use a disposable applicator, sponge, or cotton bud to apply lipstick, gloss, and other liquid, creamy, or gel makeup.

Nippon 5-Minute Touch-Up Kit, ₱250. It contains makeup sponges, mascara wands, and makeup applicators—all disposable.

Nippon 5-Minute Touch-Up Kit, ₱250. It contains makeup sponges, mascara wands, and makeup applicators—all disposable.

3. Avoid complicated eyeshadow looks because your eyes will get runny anyway. If you really must do eye makeup, just curl your lashes and apply 1-2 coats of waterproof mascara. Instead of applying the built-in wand directly, scrape some mascara and apply it on an angled brush, fan brush, or disposable mascara wand before lightly dusting it on your lashes.

Try this combo: L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara, ₱400, and Suesh Small Natural Fan Brush, ₱370.

Try this combo: L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara, ₱400, and Suesh Small Natural Fan Brush, ₱370.

4. Go for peach or light pink blush. Apply some on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy flush.

Try: Revlon Powder Blush in Melon Drama, ₱575, and Céleteque Cheek Color Stick in Peach or Pink, ₱645

Try: Revlon Powder Blush in Melon Drama, ₱575, and Céleteque Cheek Color Stick in Peach or Pink, ₱645

5. Keep your eyebrows on fleek. Since you’ll be constantly blowing your nose throughout the day, your eyebrow makeup is probably the only one that will last, so make sure it looks great.

My brow tools of the month: Pink Sugar Honey I’m Good Eyebrow Gel, ₱349, which I got from the September BDJ Box Elite, and L’Oréal Brow Artist Chisele Straight, ₱500

My brow tools of the month: Pink Sugar Honey I’m Good Eyebrow Gel, ₱349, which I got from the September BDJ Box Elite, and L’Oréal Brow Artist Chisele Straight, ₱500

Beauty Directory:

Benefit Cosmetics 1/F Central Square, Bonifacio High Street; 1/F Greenbelt 5, Makati; (02) 729-9854; 3/F TriNoma Mall; Rustan’s Makati; Shangri-La Plaza; Mall of Asia; benefitcosmetics.com; facebook.com/benefitcosmetics; facebook.com/benefitcosmeticsphilippines

Céleteque Available at Watson’s, SM Department Stores, Landmark, Mercury Drug, Robinson’s Department Stores, PCX, Shopwise, and Rustan’s; celetequedermoscience.com; facebook.com/Celeteque

L’Oréal Paris Available at all leading groceries, beauty hubs, and department stores nationwide; lorealparis.com; lorealparisexclusif.ph; lorealparis.com.ph; facebook.com/LOrealParisPhilippines

Nippon Esthetic Philippines Click here for a list of stores; nipponesthetic.com; facebook.com/NipponEstheticPhilippines

Pink Sugar Available at SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Marilao, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM MOA, SM Clark, SM Lanang Premier Davao, and Watsons Ayala Center Cebu; pinksugar.com.ph; facebook.com/pinksugarph

Revlon Available at all leading department stores nationwide, revlon.com; facebook.com/Revlon; facebook.com/RevlonPhilippines

Suesh Click here for a list of stores; suesh.com; facebook.com/sueshmakeuptoolkit

The Face Shop Click here for a list of stores; thefaceshop.com; facebook.com/ThefaceshopPhilippines

October 11, 2016



3 Comments

  1. Sam wrote:

    This is a very inspiring article. I don’t like wearing make up but I have to (for work) and I have allergic rhinitis so it’s a constant battle. I think it’s good advice to use disposable applicators and sponges to avoid contamination. Thanks for the good advice! 🙂

  2. Rhen wrote:

    Whenever I am sick, I try not to put on makeup as much as possible. But if it cannot be avoided for some reason, I just use face, brow and cheek products. And I agree about not applying anything directly to your face, so better to stock up some disposable applicators. Also, regularly sanitize your makeups and tools. 🙂

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