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Makeup Tips for Bad Allergy Days

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD

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.

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The Symptom: Bloodshot, Watery Eyes

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 with 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 shows 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.

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