While the hay fever season is starting to draw to a close for many, several of us are left with at least a month more of trying to manage our symptoms. The time at which hay fever hits each individual depends on what they’re allergic to. As I’m allergic to tree, grass and weed pollen, my hay fever can start as early as March and end as later as October, depending on the weather conditions each year. As no one wants allergy symptoms to interfere with their ability to look their best, Benadryl have teamed up with makeup-artist Jo Freeman to counter what they’ve described as ‘Allergy Face’. So I thought I’d share my take on concealing allergy symptoms with makeup.
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I’ve experiences hay fever since the age of 7, and often the reactions I experience to pollen extend beyond hay fever and into hives and breathing problems. So I’ve grown up with these symptoms and as a result, have created a makeup routine that works for me in the summer. I always thing it’s probably easier this way. I’ve never known anything different. But for those who’s hay fever has such up on them (my Dad developed seasonal allergies, mostly manifesting itself as asthma attacks, at the age of 50), adapting your routine for concealing allergy symptoms with makeup can be a challenge. So it’s great that Jo Freeman and Benadryl are on hand to help.
Concealing Allergy Symptoms With Makeup: How To Conceal A Red Nose
When hay fever symptoms are bad, it can leave our skin looking dull, tired and dry. So a hydrating moisturiser is a must. The right hydrating moisturiser will depend on your skin type and if you have and other allergies that may be found in skincare. Benadryl and Jo Freeman suggest the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel* which I’ve excited to try. A cheaper alternative that I’ve been loving is the Simply Pure Light Emulsion Moisturiser. You may prefer the Rich version of this, but as it contains shea butter, it’s not one I can use. Moisturiser provides a great base for the next step in concealing a red nose. After all you don’t want flakes around your nose from all the sneaking and blowing your hay fever cases.
So now you’ve got your skin ready, it’s time to get rid of that redness. Colour correcting with a green concealer is a great way to achieve this. Benadryl and Jo Freeman suggest the MaxFactor CC Corrector Stick*. However, this product isn’t suitable for nut allergy sufferers as it contains shea butter. If you fancy and alternative, Urban Decay have a green Colour Correcting Fluid that is supposed to be fantastic. I find liquids apply better to my dry skin than stick formula. A more affordable option option is the GOSH Colour Corrector Kit*. Not only do you get a green corrector to counter redness, but also peach, yellow, purple and orange, for all of your correcting needs.
Concealing Allergy Symptoms With Makeup: Widen And Brighten Watery, Itchy Eyes
Dark eyeshadow can make tired, sore eyes look small and even more sore. So when hay fever season strikes, it’s all about the brightening. To achieve this, Benadryl and Jo Freeman suggest opting for a neutral matte eyeshadow on the lid, a white kohl eye pencil and waterproof mascara.
The Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal* is Benadryl’s white eyeliner of choice, but this contains lecithin. As it doesn’t say what type of lecithin, this pencil isn’t suitable for those with an egg allergy. It also contains citric acid, which can be problematic for many people with eczema, a condition that is common among those with hay fever. An alternative (and less stark option) is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in nude, which doesn’t contain lecithin. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a white eyeliner for your inner waterline, GOSH have a white kohl eyeliner.
I have to admit that I steer clear of waterproof mascaras. They’re just such a pain to remove! I feel I have to scrub at my eyes, making them sore – which is clearly not what you want when hay fever symptoms strike. So while waterproof mascara is less likely to smudge (I’ve tried waterproof mascaras that have streamed down my face when I’ve cried!), it’s whether you can find one that will remove without making your symptoms worse.
Honestly, when my eyes are watery, sore and itchy, I forego eye makeup. If I didn’t wear dark precision tinted lenses, I’d throw on a pair of sunglasses and focus on making sure my brows are groomed to frame my face. The last thing I want to do is aggravate my eyes further. If you don’t want to or don’t feel you can wear eye makeup then don’t!
Concealing Allergy Symptoms With Makeup: How To Distract From A Puffy Face
Contouring is something that some people ditch in favour of bronzer when the sun begins to shine. But for those of us with hay fever, it can be a great way to combat the puffiness that our symptoms can cause. To get a good balance between bronzed and contoured, why not consider using your favourite bronzer to contour with? The Nars Laguna Bronzer is a great multipurpose option. You can read more about this in my NARS Laguna Bronzer post.
Brightens the face and adds extra contouring definition. If you want a subtle highlight, why not try the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder. Want your highlighter to be seen from outer space? Why not check out The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer (the golden tones are great for summer) or MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle.
Another great option for drawing attention away from your hay fever symptoms is to pop on a statement lip. To counter the redness caused by hay fever, I like to opt for a warm peachy pink shade for my lips. Benadryl recommend the Bourgois Rouge Edition lipstick in 11 Fraise Remix*. I have to admit that after reading numerous ingredients several years ago, I’d given up on finding a Bourgeois lipstick that I can use. So I’m thrilled that the Rouge Edition Lipsticks are ok for me and I’m excited to give this a try!
We all love options, and hay fever season shouldn’t change that. Two of my summer favourites are the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish lipstick in 16 and the YSL Rouge Volute Shine Lipstick in 16. Whatever shade you pick, own it! I found wearing bright lipsticks a daunting prospect at first. It was a gift of a bright lipstick from a friend that finally got me to step out of my comfort zone in terms of bright lipstick shades, and I’m so glad it did!
What are your tips for concealing allergy symptoms with makeup?
Do you prefer to cover up the signs of hay fever or do you prefer to allow your face to breath?
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