A scratchy throat, a case of the sniffles, watery eyes in short, you've got a license to ill, as the Beastie Boys would say. To avoid looking beastly...
1. Whiten up. To cure red eyes, lie down on a pillow and put a cold pack over your orbs. "This whitens them in just a few minutes by constricting the blood vessels," says Dr. McDonald.
2. Liven your lips. A rosy pink gloss or stain is the perfect shade for a can't-call-in-sick day. "The color brings a vitality to your pucker, unlike nudes, which can make you look corpselike," says Emir. A great choice: BeneFit The Gloss in Miss Priss, $14.
3. Go for the bronze. Piling pink blush on a face that's feverish can leave you...fuchsia. What looks better, according to Troy Jensen, makeup artist to Gwyneth Paltrow, is "a creamy bronzer. It counteracts the pinkness." We recommend Estée Lauder Amber Bronzer Crème, $28.50.
4. Prevent a cold sore. Act fast, says bicoastal dermatologist Karyn Grossman, M.D. "Ask your doctor for Valtrex the minute you feel a tingle." Also, use over-the-counter Abreva to speed up healing.