Thursday, September 6, 2012

Feel Sick? Look Better!



Hey everyone! 
I've always been of the mindset that makeup can make you look and FEEL better. 
I truly feel that there is a happiness/confidence boost when you enhance your features.
Call me crazy, but as much as I'd like to stay under the blankets when I have a cold--
I know darn well that my attitude will perk up a bit once I get my makeup on. 
Even though I might still have a cough or some sniffles- I get more of an "I can do this" mentality for the day when I get myself put together. 
(Granted, there are also those times when you're seriously ill and should stay in bed!)

So here are some key elements of my routine-- which can be great for ANY day--
but they really shouldn't be overlooked on a day when you're sick and still have to get up, go to work, etc. A few are some new things I'm loving right now!


1. Wake up the Eyes
Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener
I have this in the lightest shade- Luminous 1. I've had this for less than 2 weeks- but I'm already loving it. When I'm sick- my eyes REALLY need brightening. This shade has the slightest pink undertone that counteracts the darkness. When my eyes really need a boost- I use a dab of this on top of my Dalton Conceal It concealer. The Dalton provides the best coverage- but the brightening quality of this is awesome on top. 


2. Boost your complexion
MAC Blush in Fleur Power
I really don't think you need this exact blush shade- but this was what I wore today & it really gave life to my face. If you're sick-- do NOT skip blush. (Honestly, don't ever skip blush :) It's an instant look of health! So take a moment to buff a bright pinky/peach onto the cheeks. 



3. Pop the eyes
Too Faced "The Return of Sexy" Palette
This is a new palette I've been playing with lately. But more than recommending this specific palette... I recommend doing SOMETHING to your eyes. In my case- I chose a color family that I know enhances my eye color, like the purple section of this kit. When I'm going in front of HD cameras on a day that I'm feeling sick- I'll take advantage of all the little tricks I can! 
The whole "Return of Sexy" thing might have given me a little extra swagger too ;)


4. Add at least a little color to the lips
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Rosepearl
I've often said that a great lip color can make the whole face seem brighter. If we're sick, we can definitely use the extra help. I LOVE this Colorburst gloss in Rosepearl from Revlon. It's rosy, but not too bright. The picture might not reflect this, but it actually reminds me a bit of my beloved (and discontinued) Jordana gloss in "Lovely".  If your complexion is already a little dull, a nude lip won't do it any favors. So add a little color of some sort! 


5. The WOW Factor
Kiss 03 False Eyelashes (disregard Red Cherry packaging- I lost the original container)
Sometimes we get sick at really inopportune times. What if it's a day when you really need to "appear" to be at your best? If you're giving a presentation, going on an interview, getting your picture taken, hosting an important event, or whatever it may be-- sometimes you need to reach for the "wow factor". 
Sick or not-- false eyelashes are ALWAYS the wow factor, my friends! :) 
They're give the eyes an instant wide-awake lift. 

 This was an Instagram pic I posted today (I'm emilynoel83 on Instagram)...
And my look includes all of the products mentioned above. 
My overall message is this- we all have days when we're not feeling so hot & might skimp on makeup.
Consequently, those are the days our faces actually need a little MORE help. 
So don't be afraid to reach for some color on eyes, lips, and cheeks. 
You might find that you're looking & even feeling a little better by the time you're done! 

I also did a blog on this topic in '09, if you're interested.


Daily Nuggets...
  • Tomorrow is Friday!
  • Darn it, I forgot to pick up toilet paper after work.
  • I've pinned a bunch of recipes on Pinterest, but will need to get groceries before I can make them. 
  • I have a mysterious bruise on my leg. 
  • Wow... I've just been typing whatever pops into my head. This could get dangerous! Better stop now. Bye! 


25 comments:

  1. Greeat idea, i think i am actually coming down with something now and i will try this out :)

    Sophierosehearts x

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  2. These are all such great tips to looking healthy, even when you're not feeling healthy! I'm intrigued by that eye brightener - I think I need to add that to my wishlist! That eyeshadow palette looks gorgeous as well!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  3. Absolutely, makeup with a pop of color is a God-send when I'm sick, blush and concealer are mandatory,,, love that eye shadow palette, I may need to pick it up at Sephora!!! Great post!

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  4. You don't look sick at all! Which when you look that good you might not get any sick sympathy and that sucks. :)

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  5. Emily,Such great recommendations! Would love you to do a vid on Tarantinos Eye Dream hyperlight.Thanks!

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  6. Brilliant post Emily. Love the look of the Sexy palette and the MAC blush. I feel a shopping trip coming on! :-)

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  7. Strangely enough, I wore Fleur Power ( my FAV BLUSH EVER) and Rose pearl today :)

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  8. You dont look sick at all, can we have a tutorial on your look here with the Too Faced The Return of Sexy Palette? Me want!

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  9. U look as usual fresh and beautiful!! i hope you'll get well soon.
    xoxo

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  10. I think you look beautiful no matter what. I agree with you on needing to brighten up the eye area when you're sick. My dark circles just get darker and darker the sicker I get. I have been meaning to try that eye brightener you mentioned too! Gotta pick it up now!
    skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.net

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  11. This is my first time posting on your blog but I have to say I really enjoy your videos and posts. When I need a little pep under my eyes, I like to use the Bare Minerals Well-Rested powder. It is a great highlighter for the eyes. Thanks for teaching me how to do my
    make-up the right way.

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  12. awesome! Thanks for the tips. you look gorgeous as always!! XOXO

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  13. I have been sick for the past 2 months and it is true that some make up makes you feel better :) I try looking decent every day, even though nobody is looking at me and it lifts my spirits :)

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  14. Hope you feel better soon.

    And I love your daily nuggets, keep typing what pops into your head, lol.

    www.apeekofmarislife.com

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  15. That eyeshadow palette looks good!

    FMWL

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  16. You are such an inspiration!! Thank you! And I love love love how you have your box of tissues in every product pic!!! :-)

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  17. You are such an inspiration!! Thank you! And I love love love how you have your box of tissues in every product pic!!! :-)

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  18. Love the instagram pictures! And these products would make me feel better, I hope your okay!

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  19. I totally agree with you! When I am feeling down, blue, or sick forcing myself to do my makeup almost ALWAYS makes me feel better!

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  20. one thing that i really need when i'm sick is bronzer. i get super pale when i'm sick so bronzer really helps perk me up and give me some color. i like rimmel londons bronzer all over my face for this :)

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  21. I feel the same way! Can't let sick body to show. Put on my make up (blush and gloss are a must), a best outfit and my nice smile, I'm ready to go :)

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  22. Oh, dear Emily. Get well soon! I totally agree. Some of my best looking-like-a-knockout days have been when I've been sick or sad. ] heart the joy and sass that comes with using makeup.

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  23. Hi..sorry lambat reply mesej kat n3 dulu.

    Stok pemanggang ajaib sentiasa ada.Berminat lg tak?

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  24. I'm super fan of you and I am looking palette shadows dancing in the cluod not find anywhere in'm from Puerto Rico and not where you look for or at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kmart have it.

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  25. this is super helpful and a good reminder to always keep yourself lookin' good no matter how you're feeling! i've been feeling like crap the last few days and i know for sure i feel better once i get myself pulled together a bit.

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