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.

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 £3.45 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