Spring is a time of blooming flowers and warmer weather but it’s also the start of allergy season, which can make this time of year a bit of a nightmare for some. Allergy sufferers know the constant pain of puffy eyes, a runny nose and serious brain fog and fatigue. It can be tough to even get out of bed in the morning, let alone put on a full face of makeup. Although going fresh faced and makeup free is probably the best for your allergies, there are days when you’ll need to wear makeup and that’s where we come in. Take a look at our best makeup tips for allergy season.
10 Must-Know Makeup Tips for Allergy Season
1. Start with Your Skincare
Your skincare can make a huge difference in your makeup application as well as how your skin feels. If it’s already irritated due to allergies, you want to keep your skincare as simple and moisturizing as possible. Steer clear or any anti-aging skin care ingredients, especially around your eyes. Find a soothing eye cream and moisturizer that work for you and don’t stray.
2. Colour Correct
If you experience redness due to allergies and rubbing/itching your face, colour correct with a green primer or green concealer before applying your foundation. This will counteract and neutralize any redness so your foundation and other makeup products go on seamlessly. Remember to apply colour correcting products sparingly- a little goes a long way!
3. Use Waterproof Products
Since allergies cause your eyes to itch and water, wearing waterproof makeup is a must. You’re going to want to wear products that don’t smudge, especially if you’re going to be rubbing your eyes. Check out our favourite waterproof products below:
- Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Catrice True Skin Waterproof Concealer
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
- Cover FX Power Play Waterproof Foundation
4. Skip the Eyeliner
If you feel like your eyes are too itchy and irritated, you may find it best to avoid wearing eyeliner altogether. Try defining your eyes with matte shadows – the proper placement will elongate and add dimension to your eyes without the risk of your liner running. Try the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette for velvety matte shadows that are super blendable.
5. Calm Puffiness Pre-Makeup
Super puffy eyes can be hard to hide, especially if you don’t do any prep pre-makeup. Cooling the eye area is key to combat puffiness, plus it feels really darn good. Roll an ice roller over the affected area in the morning before doing your skincare or makeup, or try out these cooling collagen eye masks. You can also try a product like the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer. It’s infused with cucumber, matcha green tea and caffeine to reduce puffiness and calm inflammation.
6. Keep Your Makeup Tools Clean
Make sure to keep everything in your makeup bag super clean. Clean your eyelash curler with alcohol pads after every use to prevent buildup, and clean your makeup brushes every week. You can use your makeup cleanser to clean them and consider a brush cleaning mat to thoroughly clean all the bristles.
7. Use a Face Mist
Another way to keep your skin hydrated and soothed is to spritz facial spray on throughout the day. This one contains lavender oil and vitamin C to hydrate and help de-stress the skin. Spritz it onto your face and neck as needed to refresh the skin for a healthy, radiant complexion during allergy season and beyond.
8. Don’t Forget Your Lips
When your nose is stuffed up, you typically breathe much more through your lips, which can lead to them becoming dry and cracked. Just another bonus of allergy season. Be sure to keep a tube of the Aquaphor Lip Repair Balm in your bag to protect and moisturize your lips throughout the day. It’s formulated with nourishing vitamins, moisturizers, shea butter and jojoba oil to relieve dryness and soothe cracked lips.
9. Go Light or Makeup Free
Going makeup free is probably the most ideal thing to do when you’re dealing with bad allergies, but on days when you can’t swing it but also don’t need a full face of makeup, go as light as possible. A light swipe of mascara, tinted moisturizer and some glossy lip tint will draw eyes to your lips and away from the puffiness of allergies.
10. Avoid Products with Loose, Shimmery Particles
Loose, shimmery particles in your makeup can cause eye irritation and respiratory issues, especially if you suffer from allergies. The glittery particles are often an ingredient called mica, which is a substance used to give your products their sheen. Check the ingredient list and make sure there’s no mica on the list and steer clear of any visible glittery particles. This will help with eye irritation, plus matte shadows won’t draw as much attention to your eyes.
If you struggle with allergies, use these makeup tips to help get you through allergy season.
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