Beauty Tips to Look Ready with Springtime Allergies

Spring is finally rearing its head out from behind the clouds, and although that sounds like wonderful news, it also means that allergies are about to be at their worst. From itchy eyes to scratchy throats, and head congestion, the pollen will soon be floating around to get us.
And I’m sure you know that as allergies are not contagious they really aren’t a great excuse to call in sick to work. Plus they last for weeks, so you sort of have to pick up a nasal spray and power through. And at work, you do not want to be coasting by looking sick when the weather is at its finest. So even when you are not feeling your best, you can look work ready, put your best foot forward, and put the sneezing and red eyes behind you.

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One of the easiest ways to give yourself a boost upon rising is by applying cold metal under the eyes. You could do this all year round for a pick me up, but specifically, when your eyes are red, perhaps even swollen and itchy. This will instantly cool and calm all of that. The most convenient way to do it is to place a spoon in the freezer overnight, and in the morning lay it under the eyes and soak up that refreshing iciness. And if you want to take it a step further, you could pick up the Real Techniques Eye Reviver, which can be used to apply eye cream with some coolness while reducing puffiness, redness, and itchiness all at once.

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This may not technically be a beauty product, but it sure does amp up your beauty on those killer allergy days. A few drops of Visine and not only will the redness of itchy eyes be gone, but you may even feel instant relief from dryness and pain. These drops are a miracle for anyone with eye allergies. You can pop a few in before work, and even keep this little tube in your bag for midday touch ups. This way your red eyes will not make people run in the opposite direction thinking you have wildly contagious pink eye. No more itching your eyes like crazy throughout the day and ending up with smudged mascara. That can wait until you get home. When home, you could also splash your eyes with refreshing cold water right after removing your makeup.

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We have discussed this before, but I feel the need to bring it up again as it is a game changer for red eyes. If you still notice some blood shot eyes after the Visine, or you just hate eye drops like me, grab a nude eyeliner and go to town. Apply some in your lower inner rim, the inner corner of your eyes, and even a little in the front of the upper lash line. This will instantly brighten and widen your eyes, not to mention neutralize the redness. You’ll want to reach for a creamy and long lasting pencil like the Rimmel Scandaleyes.

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Another common allergy symptom thanks to the intense pollen making its way into every cavity of your body is a running, congested, or otherwise unbearable nose. Whether you are constantly blowing your nose or spraying saline spray, your nose is probably painfully dry. Inside and out that dryness can cause your skin to be chapped, red, and flaky. This is not only uncomfortable, but it makes applying makeup over your rudolph nose nearly impossible. So first, grab a saline spray from the drugstore and keep it with you to spritz throughout the day. And my holy grail for dryness anywhere is the Cerave Healing Ointment. Unlike vaseline, this is not shiny nor will it clog your pores. You can apply it anywhere you have seasonal dryness, and it will heal those areas as well as make applying makeup that much easier.

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If you are anything like me in the early days of spring, your lips are still dry and chapped from winter, but the constant mouth breathing due to allergies makes it even worse. So wearing any lipstick is just dry and doesn’t look good. So instead, reach for a tinted lip balm. You can find these for under $5 or get a luxurious one from a department store. No matter your choice, this will provide your dry lips with a wash of color to brighten your entire face while nourishing and keeping your lips looking healthy. My personal favorite is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. This delightful balm comes in 12 shades, so you can pick whatever suits you and still have your lips cared for.

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When it comes to your skin, skip the full coverage. As much as you might feel red and blotchy, or just dull, a full face of matte foundation will only exaggerate any dryness and imperfections caused by your allergies. Rather go for a lighter and more glowy coverage that will let your skin look natural, but still blur any imperfections. You also do not want anything that will cling to dryness. I would recommend a tinted moisturizer like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer. This is a gel cream formula, so it feels lightweight on the skin while covering any redness, and it offers an SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun. If you do feel a little shiny as the weather is a touch warmer, you can add on a dusting of lightweight powder like the Glossier Wowder. This will help to keep your coverage lasting all day, and will combat any unnecessary shine you may have, but it never looks cakey or dry.   

Once all that is done and you complete your look with some mascara, and maybe a bit of bronzer, you will look and even feel ready to take on the world in the face of nasty old pollen. I mean... women have triumphed over setbacks, workplace harassment, and inequality for decades, so a little pollen, dust, and grass clippings won’t knock us down, especially not with these tips and tricks 



Cover photo via Allergy Zone