Come weekday mornings and some of us would rather do anything than spend the next 8-10 hours locked in an office dealing with other people’s problems, politics, idiosyncrasies and insanity… right?
So, I have dug up some expert makeup tricks (they are used by makeup artists in movies!) on how to make yourself look sick enough to be excused from a few hours of drudgery.
This also works when you don’t want to attend another family wedding, need to get out of meeting those super-irritating “friends” and would rather not cook dinner!
How to look sick
1. Take a foundation 2-3 shades lighter than you normally use and blend it all over your face (including eyelids, neck and ears) to look super-pale. Apply just a little over your lips as well to make them appear drab, which will make you look sick and pale; skip the lipstick.
2. To simulate dark circles, take a shimmer-free reddish-purplish, purple or bluish eye shadow (cream shadows work best) and lightly smudge under the eyes. It should start near the inside corner of your eye and extend outwards at a bit of a slant.
3. To take it a step further on how to look sick, put in a few eye drops to give your eyes that runny/teary look of a person who’s clearly unwell and needs time out!
4. Dab a little reddish cream blush around the tip of the nose. Use a light hand — you want it to look sore but not clown-red.
5. To fake a bruise, take a slightly wet makeup brush and run it through some dark blue or purple eye shadow (again, cream works best and skip anything with shimmer). Apply this “bruise” over the desired area, making sure that it’s an irregular, organic shape and is darker towards the middle (bruises never come in perfect geometries!). Then smudge some red cream blush around the edges for a raw, reddish look.
6. How to look sick? Fake a fever with makeup. Here’s how: Fever symptoms usually include a flushed complexion and a sheen of sweat. So, grab a blush in dusty pink or red hues.
Apply it to the areas of your face that generally turn pink when you’re overheated — usually your cheeks and nose. Next, delicately smear a thin coat of petroleum jelly across your entire face to simulate a sweaty sheen.
Presto! You’ve skillfully crafted a believable ‘under-the-weather’ look that might serve as a perfect excuse to skip a day at the office, avoid a dull dinner, or simply indulge in a day of self-care.
PS: You are actually sick and don’t want to look sick — read this post, instead!