6 Makeup Tips That Make Allergy Season More Bearable

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And allergy season is in full force (womp, womp). But don’t let it get the best of your beauty routine. Enlist these six tips to ensure your makeup stays intact, even if the sniffles and sneezes have other plans.

8 Things You Can Do to Battle Seasonal Allergies (Beyond Taking a Benadryl)

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Use Waterproof Everything

Waterproof mascara is a given, but double up with waterproof eyeliner, too. If your seasonal allergies cause itchy, watery eyes, you’re going to want products that don’t smudge, no matter how much you accidentally rub your lids. 

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Try Navy Blue Eyeliner

Pollen got you looking less than bright-eyed? The solution is in the color wheel, friends. Instead of black, apply a navy liner to your waterline to cancel out any sallowness or irritation in the whites of your eyes. Just stick to waterproof re: the aforementioned rubbing.

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Color Correct

Counteract any redness with a green primer or concealer before applying your foundation. Remember, a little goes a long way.

How to Use Green Makeup to Mask Blotchy Red Skin

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Don’t Just Conceal—hydrate

Dark under-eye circles are a common side effect of allergies (we blame the lack of sleep). Hydrate dry, itchy skin and conceal bags with a two-in-one concealer/eye treatment like Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment, made with brightening Akoya pearl extract.

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Contour, Contour, Contour

If you just can’t seem to shake the dreaded puffiness that comes along with allergies, contour your way out of it. Rather than focusing your efforts on your cheekbones, hit the areas that need it most: your eyes and nose. Use a matte brown eye shadow in your crease and under your lower lash line to reduce the look of puffiness. If you’re rocking a Rudolph nose, hide inflammation by dusting bronzer on either side and adding highlighter to the bridge.

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Go Makeup Free

When in doubt, forgo the makeup altogether. Sometimes it’s best to just let allergies run their course (and let your antihistamines kick in). Be sure to slather on lots of moisturizer (and SPF!) and drink plenty of water to combat puffiness and dryness. Extremely large sunglasses don’t hurt, either.

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