It’s that time of year, the trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming and pollen is everywhere. While a lush landscape is beautiful to look at (and appreciated after a long winter), it also means allergy season has arrived. Fear not, we have some beauty hacks to help you hide allergy symptoms on your face. So, you can look your best, even when you may not feel it.

How to Hide Allergy Symptoms with Makeup

Many people are affected by seasonal allergies and symptoms vary from person to person. Some of us sneeze more often, while others end up with more severe symptoms like red, itchy eyes; nasal congestion; a runny nose; and so much more. Two of the most common side effects as a result of our allergy symptoms are redness and inflammation. So, we’re going to share a few tips on how to conceal those without much effort.

hide allergy symptoms with yellow foundation and concealer

Hiding Redness

  • Choose a gold-toned base: Yellow is the best shade to color correct redness in the skin, so when disguising a red under-eye area or a red nose, Global Makeup Educator Natalie Soto-Carlisle recommends choosing a foundation with more yellow/gold pigment like BB6 Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream or Warm Sienna PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation.
  • Try blue eye makeup: When the whites of our eyes start to appear red, we like to trade our Black or Brown eyeliners for our Midnight Blue Eye Pencil. Wearing blue eye makeup is similar to wearing lipstick with blue undertones, the sapphire shade helps counteract the red and whiten the area near it. We know blue eye makeup may seem a little scary, so read these tips on how real women wear blue on their eyes.
  • Dazzle and distract: If you have a little redness around your nose, distract from the affected area by wearing a shimmery PureGloss Lip Gloss on your lips. May we suggest a coppery-bronze shade like Hot Cider?
  • Switch to a gentle cleanser: If your skin is red, there’s a good chance it also feels sensitive, so replace your cleanser with something that is gentler, like a micellar water. BeautyPrep Face Cleanser is a micellar water formula that also includes Cucumber Extract for added soothing properties.
  • Use products that soothe: When our skin is both red and irritated, we use Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in Golden. This feeds two birds with one scone by counteracting the redness with a golden powder and soothing our skin with ingredients like Montmorillonite. It also has a third benefit of SPF 30 sun protection!

Decreasing Inflammation

  • Get cold as ice: Allergies can cause you to have a puffy face or eyes, so as soon as you wake up, reduce swelling by rubbing an ice cube (or an ice pack) under your eyes and on your face.
  • Drink some “spa water”:  When we’re puffy all over, we like to add a little lemon or cucumber to our water throughout the day, it helps to flush your system and reduce bloating.
  • Highlight the right spots: When our under-eye area is a little puffy, we always use Natalie’s concealer trick. She says never to highlight or add light concealer “on the puff.” She recommends applying highlighter or concealer lower than the inflamed area, “below the orbital bone.” This will reduce the shadow caused by puffiness, helping to make your under-eye area look like it’s complete flat.
  • Define your brow: The simplest way to draw attention from puffy eyes is to emphasize another area of your face. We recommend using our Retractable Brow Pencil to fill and define your brow in seconds.