Just because you have a chronic illness like CVID doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel your best.Let’s face it (pun intended!)…we do feel better when we look better anyway. So, I’ve put together this CVID Makeup Tutorial just for you!

I follow these exact steps on days when I feel well enough to put on makeup.


1. Start with a clean face.

Honestly, sometimes I’m too tired to wash my face at night so I keep some facial cleansing wipes like Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes in my nightstand. I may not even have the energy to use those, but at least they are there! If you didn’t cleanse your face the night before, use one of the cleansing wipes before applying anything the next morning!

2. For goodness sakes, use under-eye treatment!

Sometimes I use two or three of these in attempts to rid myself of the dark circles and puffy eyes that so often accompany one with CVID! So far, I’ve found that hemorrhoid cream and Garnier’s Anti-Puff Eye Roller work the best.

3. Moisturize.

Many women have a fav moisturizer they already use, but if you don’t try Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream from Bare Minerals. It’s lightweight which is ideal for daytime and makes my skin feel so smooth! (A little note here-I don’t use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it because it’s in several of the foundation makeup products I use. Because people with CVID can’t fight off skin cancer like people with normal immune systems, it’s important to have sunscreen either in your moisturizer and/or foundation-or both!)

4. Apply the most awesome dark circle, color corrector under eye product ever made!

Because I’m fair complected, I use the L’Oreal Paris True Match Crayon Concealer in Fair/Light Neutral. I’m not kidding here.  It’s the single. best. concealer. I’ve. ever. found. period. Also, dab the concealer on the very center of any red blemishes you might have and then blend. I mean, this could be the most important part of the CVID Makeup Tutorial!

5. Apply foundation.

I’m in love with Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30 in Natural because it seriously wipes away all my dark spots, red areas like around my nose, zits, etc… It’s also nice and lightweight and doesn’t look like you’re wearing foundation.

6. Highlight with a brightening concealer.

I use a few different highlighting concealers like bliss Feeling Bright Illuminating Under Eye Concealer in Radiant Buff, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (higher-priced), and Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Concealer Dark Circle Eraser Concealer in the color Brightener (lower-priced), but there’s definitely a trick to it.

Apply the concealer in an upside down triangle with the base being closest to your lower eyelid. (See diagram below.) I also apply the highlighting concealer to my “parentheses” on either side of my mouth, the sides of my nose, and any blemishes I might have. Go ahead and blend the concealer in.

*CVID Makeup Tip-when I’m blending in the triangle under my eyes I also make sure to blend a little up next to the corners of my inner eyes because this helps to brighten them!

CVID Concealer
*Picture courtesy of Best in Beauty.

For more info on highlighting concealer check out this post on Best in Beauty.

7. Use a large mineral powder brush to apply powder.

Now, I also use a powder that can be used alone as a foundation. The Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 (I use Medium Beige) has a subtle glisten to it that reflects light and makes my skin look more healthy!

8. Draw the thinnest line you can in between your upper eyelashes using a black or dark brown eyeliner.

When I say in between your upper eyelashes, I mean basically right on them not above them. You do not want any of your upper eyelid showing between your lashes and eyeliner. You can use an eyeliner pencil like Maybelline Makeup Unstoppable Smudge-Proof Eyeliner (it’s waterproof!) or if you really want your eyeliner to stay put all day try Maybelline Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner Makeup (it’s also waterproof!).

9. Brush on a light eyeshadow over entire eyelid and up to the eyebrow.

We are not even attempting a smoky eye or something crazy like that! You don’t need that on a daily basis! Any light eyeshadow will do! I like L’Oreal Paris Wear Infinite Eye Shadow Singles in Morning Light.

10. Define your eyebrows (If you have any that is!)

Use an eyebrow pencil like Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil or brush and eyebrow shadow like Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Eyebrow Palette to fill in any sparse areas.

“CVID Makeup Tip-You can even use an eyeshadow you already have that’s close to your natural eyebrow color.

This may seem like a step you could overlook but seriously, your face looks more alive with defined eyebrows.

Also, if you wear wigs often like I do, use an eyebrow color that matches your wig. I have even found an awesome product to dye my eyebrows darker by myself at home. You can read about that product and others in my post listing my picks of the best beauty products for women with CVID.

11. Curl your upper eyelashes.

This makes a BIG difference! Believe me! This opens the eye up.

*CVID Makeup Bonus Points-If you are feeling skippy that day apply mascara to your top eyelashes. Yes, just your top eyelashes. If you’re feeling super skippy that day or getting ready for a special event apply mascara to both your top and bottom eyelashes.

I use a waterproof mascara and even then it still leaves black smudges underneath my eyes that I have to be conscious of checking throughout the day. A great basic waterproof mascara is Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara in Glam Black.

If you have sparse or blonde eyelashes like me (mine happen to be blonde, not sparse, because although my hair fell out my eyelashes never did for some reason), try Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black. It has little fibers in it that adhere to your own eyelashes which makes them look fuller, longer, and just amazing!

12. Strategically apply bronzer and blush using your large mineral powder brush so it looks natural.

Use a blush brush to brush bronzer on your face (say that 5 times fast!) in the pattern of the number 3 (see diagram below.) Then apply some bronzer lightly on your nose, chin, underneath your face and down your neck, and even on your décolletage to avoid that “makeup stops at the chin-line-look” that many women make the mistake of sporting.

I use bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer in Medium which is one of the most natural looking bronzers I’ve found.

*Diagram courtesy of Pink Dot Beauty Bar.

For more tips on using bronzer check out this post on the Pink Dot Beauty Bar & Bridal Blog.

Now, lightly apply a natural-colored blush like L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Blush (I wear Sweet Ginger) in a circular pattern to the apples of your cheeks and blend back towards your temples.

*CVID Makeup Tip-before you ever apply any powdered substance, make sure you tap the brush against the palm of your hand to knock off excess product. This will prevent you from looking like a clown!

13.  Sweep lip gloss across your lips.

Lipgloss is nice and light-looking, yet it has the ability to make you appear polished and bright as well! Use a natural or nude color that matches your lips or if you are feeling extra perky pick a slightly pink color.

My all-time fav lip color that I even bought one of my friends to try after she complimented me on mine is L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Pro Gloss in Sunset. This is a stay-put-for-a-long-time lip gloss so you don’t have to reapply a million times a day!

*CVID Makeup Tip-If you feel like you need a lip liner to define your lips or are dressing up for an event like a doctor’s appointment (I’m being slightly sarcastic here!), use a lip liner that matches your natural lip color. The one I use (along with my fav stay-put lip gloss) is L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Timeless Coral which is a great match to the Sunset Lipgloss I mentioned above.

That’s it! It may seem like a lot because I’m trying to be very detailed with my routine so it’s easier for you to follow, but it seriously takes me about 10 minutes to complete!

If you all have some makeup tricks and tips for us CVID Zebras, please email me at susanalynne@cvidiva.com! Goodness knows, I need all the help I can get!

Stay strong my Zebra friends!


Though DIVA as she may be, her path to success was not easy and is always evolving. Go here to read about her journey in “Becoming the CVIDiva.” If you want to send Susan Alynne a quick message, then visit her contact page here.