April showers not only bring May flowers but seasonal allergies too. While there’s no magical cure, the good news for the millions of women that suffer from allergy symptoms and feel less attractive as a result of “allergy face,” is that there are a number of fairly easy beauty solutions to combat symptoms.
“Allergy-related beauty challenges don’t have to get in the way of you looking your best,” says beauty expert Rebekah George. Add these simple tips and tricks to your beauty routine to reduce puffiness, red nose, watery eyes, and dark circles:
1. First and foremost, clean out your makeup bag. Fifty-one perfect of women with allergies admit they have kept makeup longer than 1 year.* Stick to the following recommended throw-out dates to ensure your makeup is working for you and not against you:
Mascara: 2-3 months
Foundation & Concealer: 6 months
Eye Shadow: 1 year
Blush: 1 year
2. Drink lots of water. Its sounds counter intuitive but dehydration actually causes fluid retention and if you’re not getting enough water, the body creates more mucus to counteract the dryness.
3. Elevate your head and sleep with two pillows at night to drain fluid from the face.
4. Less makeup is more. Instead of piling on makeup to mask symptoms, dampen your makeup brushes to apply products. This creates a more dramatic look that will distract from your allergy face.
5. The eyes are one of the first signs that allergies are acting up. “Naked” eye shadow palettes made up of softer color and less pigment can help lighten and brighten the eyes and are on trend right now.
6. Apply concealer under the eye and to the gallows of the nose.
7. Apply gold liner to the inner corners of the eye.
8. Take advantage of the bold brow trend, which allows you to go easier on eye makeup. Focus on shaping and penciling brows to “wake up” your face and distract from watery eyes.
9. For a red nose, add an illuminating powder or liquid to the top of your cheekbones. This helps put the focus on the outer part of your cheek which can detract from a red nose.
10. Avoid pink and red makeup that accentuate the redness of allergy symptoms. Instead opt for brown and gold undertones.
11. Use a good bronzer with brown undertones and a little bit of shimmer to contour and mask redness.
12. If your allergy face makes you want to take a break from makeup altogether, apply a self-tanner instead for a fresh, healthy glow that lasts all day.
13. While your eyes may be irritated, keep in mind that glasses actually magnify puffiness.
14. Apply Aloe vera or a cooling mask to eyes to soothe and reduce puffiness.
15. Speak to your doctor about using an over-the-counter oral antihistamine like Zyrtec to help relieve symptoms.
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Do you suffer from allergies? What remedies have helped your symptoms?