When allergy season strikes, your relationship status with beauty products quickly changes to "It's Complicated." That's why it's important to have a few trusty makeup tips and tricks up your sleeve for when 'allergy face' strikes—because it will, and just before an important moment in your life no doubt.
Here, 6 makeup tips and tricks to help you allergy-proof your beauty routine:
1. Depuff your face
Pop a wet washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes and apply to your face like a mask. Not only will it help calm your skin and put the kibosh on puffiness, the freezing cold temp of the cloth will wake you the eff up.
2. Smooth away dryness
Because your skin's already irritated by your allergies—especially that poor nose of yours—you can't just treat it with any cleanser. Look for a cleansing milk that contains flavonoids to help prevent inflammation, and once a week exfoliate with a gentle scrub that contains oatmeal, which helps skin retain hydration while it softens. And if you're in the mood to indulge, use a super-soothing cucumber mask to moisturize and get rid of any lingering puffiness.
3. Use a green-tinted primer
Conceal the blotchiness and redness that comes with allergies using a green-tinted primer, which is specifically made to cover things like acne and rosacea. Dab onto the red areas, paying particular attention to your nose, then top with your regular concealer and foundation.
4. Avoid matte makeup
Because allergies lead to fifty shades of pale, matte foundations will annihilate what little glow you have left and actually highlight your allergies. Focus on creamy foundations that will give your skin sheen while hiding the discolored areas.
5. Wear waterproof mascara
If your eyes get uber-itchy when allergies strike, it's best to wear as little eye makeup as possible. Waterproof mascara will prevent you from looking like a hot mess. One of my fave makeup tips and tricks during allergy season: Add a smidge of shimmery white shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. This will make your eyes look wider and more awake (trust).
6. Focus on your pout
It's ironic, but true: Caking makeup onto problem areas does nothing but draw attention to those areas. The makeup tips and tricks that never fail in this situation are ones that divert attention elsewhere. When your eyes are itchy and your nose is on fire, focus on making your lips look fabulous. Layer with lip balm to lock in moisture (since you're probably going to be doing a lot of mouth breathing), and dab on a layer of lipstick for a pop of color.
Which makeup tips and tricks do you have on standby during allergy season?
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