COVID Makeover! Easy Beginners Makeup for When You're Sick

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
16 Materials
30 Minutes

Hey, guys! Frustratingly, I’ve come down with COVID and since I’m feeling a bit under the weather, I thought I’d do some light, shimmery eye makeup to cheer myself up!

This gorgeous makeup look is a good one to do if you’re looking for flu makeup ideas or even just creative makeup looks for beginners. It’s quick and easy and revitalizes you on the outside. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Bronzer
  • Lip balm
  • Highlighter
  • Primer 
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Contour
  • Translucent powder
  • Setting spray
  • Cream eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara + metal comb
  • Cream blush
  • False lashes
  • Makeup brushes
  • Makeup cleansing spray
Flu makeup

1. Bronzer

Take a kabuki brush and apply bronzer down your neck. My face and neck are always covered in high SPF and I also wear a hat in the sun, so my face never matches my body. Bronzer is going to match my neck to my body. 

Applying lip balm to lips

2. Apply lip balm

Then, apply lip balm. As I go, I’m sanitizing everything because, even though this is my personal makeup, I want to keep it virus-free.

Using a cleansing spray to sanitize brushes

Here, I’m using a cleansing spray to sanitize my brushes. I also have a deep cleanse sponge and brush wash that I like to use as well as a mist for my palettes. 

Applying highlighter to cheekbones

3. Highlighter

Next, apply a highlighter to your cheekbones and a bit to your forehead. 

Applying a mattifying primer to the center of face

4. Primer

Apply a mattifying primer to the center of your face. I have combination-oily skin, so I tend to get quite shiny through the T-zone. This is going on as a base to prevent the oil from coming through; it works like a barrier between your oil and your foundation so you get a smoother finish if you have texture.

Using a beauty blender to bounce the foundation over the skin

5. Foundation

For foundation, I’m just mixing two different foundations to match my skin tone. Use a beauty blender to bounce the foundation over the skin. Don’t forget to take it over your ears and anywhere else that’s visible that doesn’t match your body.

Working the foundation around the pores with a small brush

Use a small brush to work the foundation around the pores. 

Using finger to apply concealer

6. Concealer

Decant out what you need onto a clean palette and use your fingers to apply it. Again, use a sponge to bounce it in. Take it underneath your eyes and in all the areas you need a little bit more coverage. 

Stippling cream-based contour onto the cheekbones

7. Contour 

Now, let’s add some dimension. The concealer adds a subtle highlight and gives a bit of shape to the face, but we also want to add some contour. I’m taking a cream-based contour and decanting a small amount off of the top for hygienic purposes. Working from the palette itself, stipple the contour onto the cheekbones, so it gives a bronzy feel. Also, apply around the hairline. I always go for a cream contour because it blends like a dream and works onto the skin nicely. 

Creative makeup looks for beginners

Using a smaller brush, take a small amount down your nose to bring a little bit of warmth so the nose doesn’t look flat in comparison to the rest of the face.

Setting the makeup with a Beauty Blender

8. Set

To set, I dipped my sponge in a bit of translucent powder and then spritzed it with a setting spray. Press that onto the skin. You only need a very light mist of the setting spray, and it sets the skin without the cakey, powdery finish.

Applying bronzer directly into the socket line of the eye

9. Bronze eyeshadow

Use the same bronzer from before and apply it directly into the socket line of the eye. Work it in until you can see it on the skin. 

Light shimmery eye makeup

10. Sparkling cream eyeshadow

Take a sparkling cream eyeshadow in a beautiful, golden shade and tap it into the lid. If you want to wear a shimmer without it falling, cream is the way to go. 

Lining the lash line

11. Line the lash line

To darken the lash line, use a dark brown liner and run it close to the root of the eyelashes with a pointed brush. We don’t want this to be a harsh line, so keep it soft.

Applying mascara with a metal toothcomb
Simple easy eye makeup

13. Line your waterline

Place a warm brown liner on the outer third of the waterline. 

Using a big brush to buff bronzer onto cheeks

14. Bronzer

Next, grab a powder bronzer and use a big brush to buff it onto the areas the sun would naturally hit. When you use a bigger brush, even though it’s less precise, it looks more like you’ve genuinely caught the sun.

Applying cream blush to cheeks

15. Cream blush

You can apply cream blush over powdered bronzer as long as you use a light hand and use a stipple motion. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and pull the color backward. Use what’s left on the bristles to apply a subtle layer over the top of the nose, on the chin, and above the brows.

Decanting lip balm

16. Lip balm

Decant a bit of lip balm onto the blush so it becomes a colored balm and then apply it directly to your lips.

Gorgeous makeup

I’m a huge fan of monochromatic cheeks and lips and it ties a lot together if you match them.

Prepping false eyelashes for application

17. (Optional) False lashes

I wanted a bit more glam, so I took half of a false lash and popped it onto the outer third of my eyelash line. 

Makeup for when you're sick

Makeup for when you're sick tutorial

This makeup look is perfect for beginners and so simple to create. I don’t look as if I’m sick and feeling good on the outside lifted my spirits on the inside. Let me know what you think about this look!

Products used:

Bronzer - BareMinerals Endless Summer - Faux Tan

Lip balm - NORVINA Lip Balm - Mango

Highlighter - Lisa Eldridge Elevated Glow - Crystal Nebula

Primer - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - Mattifying

Foundation - Clinique Even Better Foundation

Foundation - Make Up For Ever HD Skin Foundation

Beauty Blender sponge - Original Makeup Sponge Applicator

Concealer - Clinique Even Better All-Over Concealer

Contour - SoSu Contour Stick - Cool

Makeup brush - IT Cosmetics #7 Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush

Powder - Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Brow pencil - Urban Decay Brow Blade - Cool Cookie

Eyeshadow - Diego Dalla Palma Sparkling Cream Eyeshadow #42

Eyeliner - Wet 'n' Wild Megaliner

Liner brush - Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #3 Tapered Liner Brush

Lash curler - Prima Individual Lash Curler - Guru Makeup Emporium

Lash comb - TWEEZERMAN Folding Metal Lash Comb

Pencil - MAC Cosmetics Coffee Pencil (use Costa Riche as an alternative)

Bronzer - NARS Laguna Bronzer

Blush - MELT Cosmetics Cream Blush - Honey Thief

False lashes - LashBase FP04 Lashes - use my discount code for 10% off (ShonaghLB10)

Suggested materials:
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  • Lip balm
  • Highlighter
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2 of 4 comments
  • Mary lou cook Mary lou cook on Sep 01, 2022

    Looks great, but she uses more makeup when she's sick than most do when they are well. I don't even own that much makeup and I basically use the same routine EVERY matter how I feel.

  • Cheryl Stephens Cheryl Stephens on Sep 01, 2022

    Pretty but seriously I have Covid now and barely have enough energy to brush my teeth I’m not going through all this to be sick in bed🙄