A beauty cheat sheet for allergy season
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By Lisa Cohen Lee
Spring may be one of the prettiest times of year, but if you're plagued by allergies, it can take its toll on your appearance. While we can't stop the pollen from flying, we can help perk up your look with Glo's beauty cheat sheet for allergy season.
Chill Out2 of 9
Waking up with puffy eyes? Blame it on histamines: Your body releases them when you have an allergic reaction, causing fluid buildup. To help deflate undereye bags, pop an over-the-counter antihistamine, says Alicia Zalka, M.D., a dermatology professor at Yale University. "It stops the sneezing, and it can make your skin look remarkably better," she says. Can't wait for the meds to kick in? Stroke on a cooling eye gel with a roller-ball applicator to help reduce swelling quickly.
SHOP NOW: Garnier Skin Renew Cooling Eye Roller, $13
Mellow Out3 of 9
With every achoo! your skin gets a little more irritated. Help it get it back to normal by swapping your usual moisturizer with a mild balm that has calming extracts such as chamomile and vitamin E; the creamy formula helps soothe red, chapped skin.
SHOP NOW: Alba Natural Hawaiian Moisture Cream, $20
Seeing Red4 of 9
The perennials have popped, and your cheeks are as crimson as your geraniums. Before you load on foundation, help soothe the flush with a water-based moisturizer. Try one with anti-inflammatory ingredients: This gel-cream formula has grape water, chamomile and grape-seed polyphenols that help keep hydration levels high while reducing redness.
SHOP NOW: Caudalíe Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, $39
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Want to rewind to your prettiest, pre-allergy face? Bring on the concealer. Just be sure to pick a long-lasting, creamy formula that's easy to apply, and select the shade carefully. "Go just slightly lighter than your foundation. Anything paler puts a spotlight on flaws and doesn't blend well," says Francesca Roman, a makeup artist at Butterfly Studios in New York City.
SHOP NOW: Mally Beauty Instant Erase Concealer With Brush, $35
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For light, allover coverage, try a BB cream: You can hide your blotches, get a glow, and hydrate, all with one small dollop. This formula includes soy proteins and light-reflecting minerals that provide a flawless finish.
SHOP NOW: Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream, $17
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Even super-soft tissues can actually strip skin of its natural moisture, causing rough flakes around your nose. Smooth them by dabbing on a tiny dot of petroleum jelly; the thick ointment locks in hydration. To camouflage the healing area, dot a tinted pressed powder on top, says Roman.
SHOP NOW: Physicians Formula BB Powder, $13
White Out8 of 9
When eyes are weary, skip dark smoky shades—they'll only make you look tired—and opt for a nude or gold eye shadow. The lighter shades will help make eyes appear wider and brighter, Roman explains. This two-sided liner—available in white or gold—has both a matte and a shimmer end.
SHOP NOW: Cargo EyeLighter, $20
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Pollen dust and ragweed spores can cause the whites of your eyes to redden. This mascara has has blue undertones that counter the color and help make your peepers appear brighter and more vibrant.
SHOP NOW: Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara, $20
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