Flowers are in full bloom, and the fields are brimming with crop ready to yield. While these make for a delightful sight, the abundance of pollen in the air means a fresh flare up for those prone to allergies. Symptoms of such seasonal allergies vary from person to person, ranging from a cough and runny nose to itchy eyes, redness, and inflammation of the skin.
With the right makeup hacks, you can skilfully conceal these symptoms and look your best despite the onslaught of allergies:
Switch to gentle skincare products
If your skin appears red and inflamed, there is a good chance that it feels sensitive. Harsh, chemical-laden products can worsen the problem. Switch to products designed specifically for sensitive skin, choosing a mild gel-based cleanser over your regular one, for instance. Similarly, using a day cream with cooling agents like the chamomile and white tea can help soothe your skin.
Colour correct the red spots
Your skin needs extra work to look its flawless best at this time. Colour correcting the red spots or reddened skin near the nose or under the eyes can do the trick. For effective results, ditch your regular concealer in favour of green-toned spot corrector or a concealer with a yellow or golden tinge. These colours do an amazing job of camouflaging the redness. Make sure you use them sparingly.
Waterproof makeup for the eyes
Wearing regular makeup when your eyes are itchy can aggravate the problem further, as you run the risk of rubbing the mascara, liner or kajal into your eyes every time you have an uncontrollable itch. If you need to do up your eyes for a special occasion or outing, always opt for waterproof options such as L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner and Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara Waterproof to avoid bleeds and smudges.
Cool off your eyes before makeup
Swollen or puffy eyes can be a nightmare for even the most seasoned makeup artists, as it is the hardest to conceal. As a DIY-ist, your chances of success are abysmally slim. Applying ice-pack or a metal spoon tossed in the freezer to the eyes can help bring down the inflammation. A cooling eye gel mask is can also be highly effective in alleviating puffiness instantly.
Distract with contouring
If your attempts to control the redness and inflammation do not work, try to deflect attention from the troubled spots with some smart contouring. Using a brown-hued palette to contour the eyelids or even the area close to the lash line can subdue the visibility of puffiness. In the same way, a light dusting of bronzer can cover-up the redness and inflammation around the nose.