Pro makeup tips to look great when seasonal allergies have you feeling less than gorgeous.
Makeup Tips: Hide Bloodshot, Watery Eyes
"When pollen and other allergens in the air come into contact with the cells in your eyes, it causes them to release histamine," says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel, M.D. This triggers inflammation and other unsightly allergy symptoms. For fast spring fever relief, he suggests using lubricating drops, like Rohto Ice Redness Relief ($7), and popping an antihistamine, such as Claritin 24 Hour Allergy ($31). To nix puffiness, try Clinique All About Eyes Serum ($26); its caffeine and cooling roller ball work together to constrict blood vessels. "Also avoid wearing contact lenses and eye makeup," says Sobel, "since they can exacerbate allergy symptoms."
Makeup Tips: Hide a Raw, Red Nose
All that sneezing and blowing can make your nose as red as Rudolph’s before you can say "gesundheit!" To reduce allergy symptom irritations, spring for tissues infused with hydrating ingredients, such as Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues ($3), with vitamin E. Apply a thick balm, like Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($8), on rough areas and slough off dry skin using a washcloth. Then pat on a concealer; try Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($28).
Makeup Tips: Hide Cracked Lips
"Allergy medications often cause dehydration, resulting in uncomfortable tightness and chapping," explains Sobel. Smooth roughness by buffing your kisser with a soft-bristle toothbrush, then generously apply a rich salve. "The barrier locks in moisture—and keeps you from constantly licking your lips," says Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist in San Francisco. Dab on one packed with shea butter, like By Terry Baume de Rose SPF15 ($60), which leaves behind a flattering, subtle sheen so your lips are ready for a different kind of spring fever!
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