Flu Season Beauty: Look Good When You Don’t Feel Your Best


Whether it’s New York Fashion Week or a hot date you’re forced to skip out on, when the flu strikes, it’s always at the most inopportune times But even if you’re not feeling your best, sometimes you just have to look it. To fake everyone into thinking you’re flu-free, go for glowing skin, relaxing treatments, and brightening products.

Boost Your Skin’s Radiance: The only thing more indicative of a cold than a red nose is a gray complexion. Decleor’s Life Radiance Flash Maskgives your skin a much-needed pick-me-up in just three minutes. The mask recovers a rosy complexion and corrects skin imperfections while eliminating dullness with an AHA Fruit Acids complex (passion fruit, grape and pineapple) and the essential oils cleanse and promote microcirculation. Wash with a refreshing cleanser like Neutrogena’s Visibly Brith Daily Facial Cleanser, and apply this miracle mask to get yourself looking fresh-faced and good-as-new!

Fake A Glow: Enhance your skin’s natural (but sickness-veiled) glow with Carita’s Haute Beaute Teint, an expertly designed skin-perfecting product that corrects imperfections, neutralizes irregularities and treats and protects the skin’s surface. Tarte’sSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serumwill brighten skin, too, while restoring skin’s moisture. Swipe on some lip balm like The Lip Slip by Sara Happ for a super-hydrating and effortlessly glossy finish.

Take a Sinus-Clearing Bath: Turn your bath into a real tranquility pool with the Repêchage Sea Spa Mineral Bath Salts – a potent combination of seven essential oils (Rosewood, Cucumber, Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Grapefruit, Spearmint and Peppermint) combined with the finest quality Sea Salts harvested from the Mediterranean Sea. These mineral bath salts will help relieve stress and soothe those aching muscles. Energizing essential oils alleviate tiredness so you can get a better, more restful night’s sleep, and the mint extract helps clear up congestion.

Brighten Up Tired Eyes: De-puff with Sephora’s new Instant Depuffing Eye Mask and then, of laying on the concealer, hide red, bloodshot eyes with the Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner. This makeup miracle is designed specifically to hold up in the waterline, in a shade that works to brighten eyes. The skin-toned liner features a multi-tasking formula that lasts up to 10 hours makes eyes look bigger, brighter and more awake.

Decleor Life Radiance Flash Mask, $42 at DecleorUSA.com.
Neutrogena Visibly Bright Daily Facial Cleanser, $6.99 at Target.com.
Carita Haute Beige Teint Sublime Radiance Veil, $55 at CaritaDirect.com.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum, $32 at ULTA.com.
The Lip Slip by Sara Happ, $24 at Nordstrom.com.
Repêchage Sea Spa Mineral Bath Salts, $33 at Repechage.com.
Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Eye Mask, $6 at Sephora.com.
Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner, $14 at Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios (see www.merlenorman.com for locations).