How to Look Well when You Feel like Hell

By Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazine

Last week I was down for the count with a terrible cold, the kind where I just curled up in a ball and felt sorry for myself in between bouts of sleeping and choking down cold pills. During the worst of it (Thursday through Saturday), I basically didn't leave my apartment and instead became acquainted with the entirety of Friday Night Lights, and now I know what the fuss is about. I was all, "Clear eyes, full hearts...achoo!" (Ha!) But come Sunday, I was finally able to breathe again, and ready to venture outside.

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The only problem was that my face was a ruddy, flaky mess. Blowing my nose on a near-constant basis for two straight days had made it extremely raw and shiny, my lips were chapped from breathing through my mouth all the time, and my skin was red and blotchy. Fortunately, I had three hero products at my disposal that quickly made me look somewhat normal again:

RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm: The multitasking salve (which also happens to also be a Best of Beauty winner) moisturized the edges of my overworked nose, and helped prevent it from cracking. I mean, I went through one and a half boxes of tissue; that means I blew my nose roughly 180 times. So yeah, this saved my skin, in a big way.

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The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ: This sugar scrub brought my flaky, chapped lips back to life in no time. And I topped them with the RMS Beauty Lip & Skin balm for extra moisture.

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder: If your skin tends toward ruddy even when you're not sick, I can't say enough about yellow-toned powders. This Best of Beauty winner is a great one.

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So even though I didn't feel 100 percent better, at least I looked presentable. What are your secrets for looking great when you're under the weather?