You don’t look so well. No, really. We think you’re beautiful inside and out, but today? Whatever’s got you down is showing all across your face. Whether it’s the runny nose and blotchy skin of allergies or just that you didn’t get a solid night’s sleep, some days you just can’t afford to look as awful as you feel. That medicine-induced haze (Claritin, anyone?) will help you feel better for the long day ahead, and we’ve got all the tricks you need so you look better, too. Here are some ways to look like a million bucks when you feel like you came out of the $5 bin.
how to look good when you feel bad

The Cure for the Common Cold.

We’ve all had those instances when we went to bed feeling great and woke up with an explosive headache and your nose resembling that of a certain holiday reindeer. Don’t worry, Rudolph, we’ve got you covered. One key product for battling redness is a green color corrector like Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Green, which neutralizes skin tone. Makeup pros swear by it and so should you. After corrector, apply foundation to even out your skin tone. Throw on a little peach blush (color on the nose is a no-no, but color on the cheeks is a yes-yes!) and go about your business.
 

The Stress Solution.

Are you suffering from stress-face? This not-so-pleasant condition includes flushed skin, redness and our personal favorite, acne. Since we’ve already covered your redness worries above, we’re going to tackle your dreaded acne issues. A good rule of thumb is to keep a great spot treatment like Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment in your beauty drawer for emergency purposes. After cleansing your face, cover the affected area (or areas) with the treatment. Then, conceal the blemish with Maybelline Fit Me Concealer.
 

The Break-Up Makeup.

Is a bad breakup keeping you up at night, and looking as miserable as you feel? Dry those tears and grab a couple ice cubes to soothe those dark circles and under-eye bags (which are dead giveaways that you’ve been pining over Mr. Easy On The Eyes). Dab some Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer under your eyes and massage the concealer into the skin. Finish the look with a fun lipstick and, of course, a big smile. Sometimes you have to fake it ’til you make it!
 

The Anti-Allergy Avenger.

Allergic reactions come in all shapes and sizes: rashes, redness, blotchiness. None of these symptoms are a party. Hide your skin woes with a two-step perfecting process. Start off with a primer (we love L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer) to even out the skin tone. Next, apply a foundation like Lancôme Teint Visionnaire. For some subtle glow, throw a little illuminating powder on your cheeks, forehead and nose.
 
How do you perk up when you’re feeling lousy? Let us know in the comments below.
 
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