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Allergy Proof Your Makeup Routine

Whether it’s spring, summer or fall, allergies are the worst. Puffy skin, red eyes and all that itching can make putting on makeup a nightmare. Rebekah George, beauty expert for Zyrtec, tells us her favorite products and what to look for to avoid what they’ve cleverly dubbed "allergy face."

My allergy nightmare involves lots of sneezing and consequently getting mascara remnants everywhere. My best friend’s allergy nightmare? Trying daily to reduce redness. While you may not feel your best when suffering from seasonal allergies, there's no reason you can't still look your best. Rebecca gave us her top tips on avoiding "allergy face."

Tip: Cleanse Gently
There’s nothing I like more than using a rough exfoliator at the end of the day to slough off the elements, but if you’re suffering from allergy symptoms this can make matters worse. “Instead look for cleansers designed for sensitive skin, fragrance free cleansers, tug-less formulas,” says Rebekah. We love Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Cleanser. But if you still feel like you’re not getting a tough enough clean, try a cleansing tool like a Clarisonic brush or creams that contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids. “It’s important to get everything off at night, because if you don’t, that makeup is going to sit in your eyes overnight and you’ll wake up with even more irritation.”

Tip: It’s All About the Eyes
Puffy allergy eyes are a dead giveaway that you’re distracted and uncomfortable. And if you have glasses, this look is magnified. “To compensate look for a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone. Be sure to pat on the concealed with your index finger or brush,” says Rebekah. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector brightens and conceals with an easy flow-through brush.

Tip: Mask with Metallic
To help reduce redness under your nose apply a metallic lip gloss or lipstick. Not only will this deflect from the redness, but you’ll also be on trend and tres chic. Try a bronze gloss like Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss to complement your summer tan.

Tip: Choose Soft Shimmers
High pigment eye color shades pack a punch with bold, rich color, but may not be the best for your allergy symptoms. “High pigment shadows are more likely to flake into the eye,” says Rebekah. “Softer shades like khakis and creams, neutrals, make allergy face less noticeable.” Shadow sticks like Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow don’t flake off as easily. To further minimize puffy allergy eyes you can try cutting back even further with just a dab of shimmery pearl shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. This will brighten the eyes without extra irritation. Finish with waterproof mascara.

Tip: Test It Out
No matter what product you’re choosing, make sure to test the effect it has on your allergy-prone skin. “Do a patch test for reaction by spreading a little of the product on your jawline or inner wrist,” says Rebekah. Gentle products always win when it comes to fighting allergy face.

1. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss 2. Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow 3. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara 4. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector 5. Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Cleanser

Hayley Mason

Haley served as the associate beauty editor for DivineCaroline (now after graduating college with a degree in journalism. Sephora has nothing on the number of color tubes that are jammed into her bathroom cabinet! She's a product junkie who loves trying out new and outrageous trends. She's lived on three continents and dreams of reporting on global beauty news.

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