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How to Look Your Best when Dealing with Allergies
When you're suffering from allergies, you can have red, watery eyes and a puffy face. You may not feel your best, but you can take a few steps to look your best, including using some tactics to hide the redness around your eyes and reducing puffiness and redness in your face. You can also take care to avoid allergens as much as possible to help reduce your allergic reactions.
Focusing on Your Eyes
Use cold to reduce puffiness.Allergies can give you puffy eyes, but cold can help reduce that puffiness. For instance, try keeping a gel-filled eye mask in your fridge. Put it on your eyes for about 10 minutes on the mornings when they're puffy. If you don't have a mask, use what you have, even slices of cool cucumber or ice wrapped in a washcloth.
Add eye drops.If your eyes are red and itchy, consider applying some eye drops to help reduce the problem. You can use eye drops just meant for redness, or you can use ones that have antihistamine in them, meant to help combat your allergies. You'll find both in any pharmacy.
Try a dark or nude eyeliner.Using a dark eyeliner can make your eyes seem brighter. Navy is a particularly good choice. Another option is to cancel out the redness by using an eyeliner that matches your skin tone.
Use a bright eye shadow on the inner eye.Another way to brighten your eyes (and diminish redness) is to use a bright eye shadow on just your inner eye. It can make that part pop, diminishing the appearance of redness in your eye.
Choose waterproof versions of your makeup.When buying mascara and eyeliner, pick waterproof versions of these makeups. Otherwise, if you have itchy, watery eyes, the makeup may run. Using waterproof versions will keep it in place, helping you look your best.
Use disposable mascara wands.Because allergens can attach themselves to almost anything, try using mascara wands that you can throw away. That way, you're not reintroducing allergens to your eyes each time you put on mascara.
Working on Redness, Dryness, and Puffiness
Use a moisturizer after showering.When you have allergies, your skin can get dried out, particularly if it's cold out. To help combat that dryness, use a facial moisturizer after you've showered. You don't even need to dry off before you put it on, as it will seal the moisture in.
- Don't forget your lips. Use a good lip balm, that's oil or cream based.
- Also, drinking more water can help your skin and lips stay hydrated.
Cover redness.Start with a good foundation of your choice that matches your skin tone. Next, in areas that are particularly red, such as around your nose, add a green-tinted concealer. The green tint helps cancel out the red, smoothing your complexion. Blend in the color as much as possible. Finally, add a creamy, skin-toned concealer on top of everything for a smooth finish.
Add contouring on the rest of your face.Contouring is the application of creams in colors that are slightly darker and slightly brighter than your skin tone to create more defined ridges and shadows on your face. For instance, you can use contouring on your cheeks to help reduce the look of puffiness.
- For highlighting, try making a "fish face" by pursing your lips. That helps draw your cheeks in so you can see your cheekbones, where you can add some highlighter. Be sure to blend it in.For more definition, you can add a bit of shadowing just under your cheekbones.
- Another place to add a dab of highlighter is under your chin.
- You can also just use a bit of bronzer to brighten up your face. Brush it along the top of your forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin.
Try a setting spray.Makeup tends to move around anyway, and if you have allergies, that problem just gets worse. A setting spray is sort of like hair spray for your makeup. You spray it on to "set" the makeup so it's less likely to move around.
Avoiding Allergens in General
Stay inside as much as possible.Of course, it's not possible to stay inside all the time. However, when you know seasonal allergens are in the air, try staying away from the great outdoors. The less you expose yourself, the better your allergies will be.
- If you're allergic to ragweed, try to avoid mornings outside, while it's best to avoid being outside in the afternoon and evening if you're allergic to grass pollen.
- If you're not sure when your allergies will be bad, check local pollen, mold, and grass counts.
Seal off your house.Another way to help your allergies is to seal the allergens outside as much as possible. That is, don't keep your windows or doors open, as that just lets allergens in. Instead, use your air conditioner to cool down your house.
Shower when you come in or before bed.You pick up allergens on your skin and clothes when you go outdoors. It can help to shower before you go to sleep, so you're not taking those allergens to bed with you. You'll be giving yourself a break, and therefore, you're more likely to wake up looking refreshed.
Wash your sheets regularly.Even if you do shower before bed, dust and other allergens can build up. Make sure you are washing your sheets regularly, at least once a week. Use hot, soapy water to clean them, and dry them on hot.
- If washing your sheets regularly doesn't seem to help, try switching to a soap meant for sensitive skin, which should have fewer allergens in it.
Cut down on pet dander.If you are allergic to your cat or dog, make sure to get them bathed often to cut down on allergens. Once a week is ideal. Also, make sure to vacuum or dust often to help remove animal dander from your home.
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