Constricting the blood vessels under the skin can help to counteract the fluids sloshing around in the face due to congestion.
Cold cucumbers are a posh way to go, but any type of cold compress applied to the eye area will help to constrict blood vessels under the delicate skin to reduce swelling and redness.
Cold tea bags are another popular option to reduce puffiness around the eyes. The astringent tannins and the caffeine can help to shrink swollen tissues and tighten the skin.
When working with makeup, which comes in close contact with the mucous areas of the face, a little prevention goes a long way towards preventing germs from spreading.
Using disposable sponge applicators and mascara wands as well as cotton swabs helps makeup stay clean.
When you have a cold or flu, makeup brushes should be cleaned after use with a disinfecting brush cleaner to keep germs from spreading. Antibacterial dishwashing liquid will work as well, Maulawizada said.
Looking refreshed when you have a cold or flu is difficult, and what you choose not to put on your face matters almost as much as what you do put on.
"You want to stay away from dark shades that can make you look worn down, super shimmer that can accentuate dryness and pinky shades of eye shadows that can make your eyes look red and itchy," said Carmindy, who recently collaborated with cosmetics company Sally Hansen to create Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy.
Instead, choose sheer, neutral colors like gray or brown. If the eyes are watery, avoid eye makeup, but if it is necessary, Maulawizada recommended a bit of eyeliner smudged into the top lashes and a coat of waterproof mascara to brighten the eyes and help make the face look awake.
One of Maulawizada's big breaks in the fashion industry was doing makeup for a model with a bad cold. Because they were on location on a small island, there were no other models. Maulawizada recalled that the model had cold sores on her upper lip, very dark circles under her eyes, and was perspiring so much that her face couldn't handle too much makeup.
But Maulawizada said he used concealer to cover flaws, a bit of bronzer, and some blush on her face.
"We did the liner trick with waterproof mascara on the top lashes," Maulawizada said. "She didn't look sick. We fixed her up and she looked beautiful."