Wrap up warm and pack the tissues because winter’s approaching fast! Oh… and it’s flu season – eek – which means red face, dull, dry skin and a runny nose (aka makeup disaster). So, although you might be looking forward to snuggling up on the sofa, you’ve gotta get prepped and protected, too.  Here’s how to flu-proof your look in five easy steps.

Collage of flu-proof makeup buys

Go green with colour corrector

All that nose-blowing is bound to irritate your skin, but there’s a simple way of avoiding the Rudolph look. Green cancels out any redness in your skin, so get yourself on the colour-correcting bandwagon. Blend a tiny bit – less is more – of Revolution Conceal & Correct in Green over any red areas and watch it dull the colour. Apply a thin layer of your normal concealer on top and you’re good to go.

Revolution Revolution Conceal and Correct Green £4.00 Buy Now

Be clever with your base

Blowing your nose constantly also causes patchy foundation, so you need to be clever with your base picks and choose a foundation that’s not going to budge. Our fave? Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Full Coverage Foundation. Once you blend this baby in, it ain’t going nowhere so it’s a great pick for when you have a cold

Maybelline Maybelline Superstay Foundation 24 Hour 21 Nude Beige 30ml £9.99 Buy Now

Set your makeup

Another way to ensure your makeup stays put is with loose powder and a setting spray. Dust lightly (and we mean really lightly) over concealed areas with L’Oreal True Match Mineral Finishing Powder to set cream products. Finish with a spritz or two of e.l.f Matte Magic Mist & Set to lock your look in place.

e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Setting Spray £5.00 Buy Now

Add hydration

The cold weather can cause your skin to dry out, and flu makes it even worse. Use a super-hydrating moisturiser in the morning and at night to help improve skin condition and give makeup a better chance of looking smooth and flawless.

Simple Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Face Cream 50ml £6.99 Buy Now

Brighten your eyes

Flu can leave your eyes with more baggage than your ex, so spend a little time perking up your peepers if you’ve been feeling rundown. If you can’t face applying mascara, curling your lashes will make you look more awake and a touch of white liner in your waterline will brighten tired eyes. Depuff any bags using cooling Superdrug Vitamin C Brightening Eye Gel.

Superdrug Superdrug Vitamin C Eye Cream 15ml £4.99 Buy Now
Collection Collection Kohl Eyeliner Precision White £1.99 Buy Now
B. Cosmetics B. Stainles Steel Eyelash Curler £4.99 Buy Now