What Allergies? Here's How I'm Playing Up the Facial Features That Aren't Leaking

When people look me straight in the eyebrows instead of the eyes, they won't notice how red my eyes are.
Publish date:
May 24, 2016

Spring is just great. The weather is finally getting warmer, and I just feel like love is in the air.

You know what's also in the air? Pollen.

As it turns out, I am not made to go outside in spring. Whenever I step foot outside (or I'm too close to a window) my allergies attack. That, together with the fact that my eyes just can't stand the sun, totally ruins my carefully applied makeup. Usually, I have my routine on lock and I hardly ever change things up, but allergy season makes me. Your makeup just doesn't look the same when you seem to be crying all the time.

Because this look is going to be a lot lighter than my usual heavy makeup, I opted for a tinted moisturizer. I apply that all over my face to just even out my skin tone a little bit.

The next step is to establish what areas are affected by your allergies. (Or tears — if you're someone who cries a lot, this tutorial is for you as well. Also, hugs.) That's obviously your eyes, under-eye area and your nose.

So, we have just established that half of my face is affected by my tears/other stuff coming out of my face. I've found that cream products are the best at dealing with the effects of that; those are way more forgiving when they're moving around on your face.

I'm using my beloved cream concealer — Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme Concealer (one in my skin tone and one a bit lighter for the under-eye area) — to hide some blemishes and brighten the under the eyes. Those are in the allergy zones, so I apply the least amount of product I can. I use my fingertips to pat the product on and to really work it into my skin.

Because I always finish my face after doing my eye makeup, I'm no moving on to eye makeup for now.

Just kidding, there is no eye makeup. It's not worth it, I promise. I could opt for waterproof mascara, but my eyes get super-itchy from allergies, so rubbing + watery eyes = nope. I just skip it altogether, or almost. I do apply my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Crème de Nude all over my lid. After that, I just curl my lashes and call it a day.

Because I can't do eye makeup, I resorted to brow makeup. My eyebrows are always quite strong, but because they're in the allergy-free zone, I like to emphasize them. When people look me straight in the eyebrows instead of the eyes, they won't notice how red my eyes are from all the crying.

I fill my eyebrows with my Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow and I sharpen them with some dark eyeshadow. To make them look extra-crisp I trace the outsides of my eyebrows with concealer. To highlight my brow bone I use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. To finish, I apply translucent powder all over my eyelids to my eyebrows.

I apply my cream blush and blend that out with my fingers.

For my allergy season look, I don't like to do a harsh contour. I feel like I can pull off contouring when my face is in balance. To me, it just looks out of balance when my cheeks are super-contoured and I'm not wearing mascara. (Also, Kim Kardashian says she's over contouring and that "non-touring" is the thing now, so what are we even doing anyway?)

To still make my face look defined, I apply some Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer to the places that the sun would naturally hit. I skip the nose, though. I'd only wipe it off with my tissue in no time.

On the highest points of my cheeks I apply ColourPop Lunch Money Highlighter. I chose a cream formula so when a tear streams down my face, it's easier to fix; the big benefit of cream formulas is that they move around.

After that, I use a setting spray to set the products on my face. I want to the least amount of powder as possible because it's quite hard to fix a powder/tear/wipe combination.

After that, I set my under-eye area and the side of my nose with my Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Powder. This powder is really good because it's waterproof. I use it very sparingly because I've almost ran out. I use my Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder to set my forehead and chin.

This is all I've been doing to my face lately. I just throw on a casual lip color and call it a day.

I like wearing neutrals a lot, but this simple look also works really well with a bright coral liquid lipstick. I would suggest a smudge-proof lipstick, like this Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Babe. This won't budge when you're blowing your nose, and that's the kind of support a girl needs this this time of the year.

  • What seasonal changes affect your looks?
  • How do you deal with allergies?