Your eyes are bloodshot, your nose is red, and your skin is puffy. It must be allergy season!
While your allergies may be a hard thing to kick to the curb for good, you don’t need to be a magician to mask the pesky symptoms that come with them. Instead, try out these simple solutions from makeup artists and beauty experts across the country.
Chronic sinus or allergy problems can leave you feeling as though your nose is perpetually stuffed. To breathe freely again, many sinus sufferers rely on nasal irrigation, a technique that flushes out clogged nasal passages using a saltwater solution.
"I find it to be the first line of defense in dealing with complicated sinus problems and allergy problems," says Evangeline Lausier, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine and director of clinical services at Duke University's department of...
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and that is exactly where allergies appear first.
To brighten the eye area, skip the black and brown mascaras. Instead, grab a dark blue mascara (the navy shade counteracts any redness) in a waterproof formula that won’t smear should you tear up outdoors, says New York makeup artist Margina Dennis.
The Symptom: Puffy Peepers
Place the back of a cold spoon over closed eyelids for a few minutes before applying makeup. This will helps minimize some of the puffiness, says Minneapolis makeup artist Hillary Kline.
Next, apply concealer that’s two shades darker than your normal skin tone. Pat it in with your index finger or a small concealer brush.
The Symptom: Red Nose
The tip of the nose and the nostrils are prone to redness from frequent tissue blowing. But, nobody wants to look like Rudolph!
Exfoliate the area after cleansing, and use more moisturizer than normal so flakiness stays at bay. If you use foundation, layer a bit more around the nose area, says Sarah Najafi, a makeup artist in Los Angeles. On top of foundation, pat some gold or yellow-based concealer on the areas that show redness.
The Symptom: Blotchy Skin
For starters, make sure you use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser on your face. If you don’t use something gentle, it could irritate the skin and make allergy symptoms look worse.
Wash off every drop of makeup at night, says Liz Fuller, a makeup artist in Boston. Sleeping in day-old cosmetics is a surefire way to get redness and irritation.
Masking this allergy symptom is easier than you might think. If you're dealing with redness on your face, a green correcting concealer is your best friend. Before you apply any makeup to your face, first apply a layer of green concealer on the areas with redness. Then either follow with a skin tone concealer or your foundation, using a dabbing motion. The results: flawless skin with no signs of redness, Najafi says.