Beauty Fixes to Camouflage Your Cold & Flu Symptoms

Paula Begoun and Desiree Stordahl -- authors of the best-selling beauty book "Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"-- fill women in on how to look good, even when they're not feeling so hot.

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You can disguise redness, puffy eyes, and dark circles by applying a light-weight moisturizer brimming with soothing agents and hydrating ingredients around the eyes and nose area and then applying a matte-finish concealer over those areas.

Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) January 17, 2013

The flu season and all its accompanying symptoms are hitting the United States hard this year. Although, with work, family and commitments, life must go on. Paula Begoun and Desiree Stordahl -- authors of the best-selling beauty book "Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" -- fill women in on how to look good, even when they’re not feeling so hot.

Soothe Irritated Skin
All the extra facial rubbing and itching that comes along with the flu can leave the skin irritated. Look for products loaded with anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea and willow herb extract to calm irritated areas and replenish the skin with antioxidants like vitamin C, olive oil, and chamomile. Try Paula’s Choice Redness Relief Treatment for immediate soothing, morning or night.

Disguise Redness, Dark Circles, and Puffy Eyes
A lingering cold can leave the complexion looking dull, pale and fatigued. On top of that, redness around the nose is exacerbated each time sniffles are wiped away. Adding to this pretty picture, dark circles and puffiness under the eye increase as congestion and restless sleep take their toll.

Redness and dark circles can be disguised by applying a light-weight moisturizer brimming with soothing agents and hydrating ingredients, then applying a matte-finish concealer over those areas. (A concealer with a matte finish is better able to withstand the day’s wear and tear, as opposed to one that’s creamy or greasy.) The color should be just a shade lighter than your natural skin color to convincingly camouflage flaws. Follow up with a sheer layer of liquid highlighter on the cheeks and around your hairline to add a radiant glow and draw attention away from the problem areas. Find top-rated concealers and highlighters here.

What about puffy eyes? Women can do many things to reduce puffy eyes, but the myriad of products claiming to get rid of them won’t help. These products always disappoint, as does the old wives’ tale of applying cucumbers or tea bags to your eyes. Instead, save time and money, and try these tips for decreasing puffy eyes.

Heal Chapped Lips
As unsexy as it sounds, being stuffed up from a cold or flu tends to result in more mouth-breathing and drooling through the night, which in turn leads to dry, chapped lips. It is essential to apply an emollient-rich lip balm before you go to bed to ensure smooth, hydrated lips in the morning. During the day, maintain lips with a moisturizing lip color, such as Neutrogena’s Moisture Smooth Color Stick.

Liven Up Cheeks with a Rosy Glow
Applying blush is such a basic in makeup it is almost a no brainer to add a bit more to enliven the complexion. It takes mere seconds to apply and will make a huge difference in overall appearance. The trick is to apply it softly with a great brush and to blend evenly so it doesn’t look like a stripe.

Don’t Overdo It
Stick to the makeup basics; forget about doing a heavy eye-makeup design and leave the red lipstick at home. Focus on the guidelines above, along with a tinted moisturizer, foundation, or powder to even out skin tone, and a waterproof mascara if eyes are watering. These steps create a confident, put together look that can last all day.

For more makeup and skin-care advice, follow Begoun and Stordahl at CosmeticsCop.com.
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Led by best-selling author and beauty expert Paula Begoun, the Paula’s Choice Research Team evaluates and reviews hundreds of skin-care and makeup products, in books such as "Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" as well as online at CosmeticsCop.com. Combining cosmetics industry knowledge and expertise, Paula and her team have developed the Paula’s Choice line of state-of-the-art formulations based on reliable, published skin-care research. Products include skin-care, makeup, body, and hair-care products, beauty tools, and accessories. All products are fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and environmentally friendly.


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