Summer is a favourite time of year for many. It means picnics in the park, skimpy outfits, and outdoor festivals, but for the 13 million people in the UK that suffer from hay fever, it can mean months of unexpected symptoms which can play havoc with your looks.
A recent survey by Benadryl found that almost all UK women with allergies (95%) experience beauty challenges such as puffy face, red nose (from using tissues), dry skin and watery eyes when their symptoms flare. These challenges, dubbed 'Allergy Face', can make it difficult for women to look or feel good when their allergies strike - the last thing you want on a warm summer's day when you're making social plans galore!
As a professional make-up artist, I've had many clients come to me over the years frustrated that their Allergy Face symptoms sabotage their summer look, leaving them feeling less confident and attractive. Some are even tempted to skip their social plans because of it, and they're desperate for solutions.
To help women in this situation combat their Allergy Face this summer, I've teamed up with Benadryl to give my top tips for allergy sufferers so you can put your best face forward this summer!
- Make sure you prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser before applying any make-up. Neutrogena Hydro Boost is great, so apply that first.
- To neutralise any redness around your nose, use a green colour corrector before applying your foundation.
- To widen and brighten watery eyes, use a white kohl eye pencil along the lower waterline and inner crease to make your eyes look bigger, fresher and more awake.
- To help your eyes look fresh and natural despite your allergies, use a matte vanilla eyeshadow shade all over the lid, and a darker beige in the corner.
- If you think your eyes could start streaming, use a good waterproof mascara, as this will stop your make-up from running down your face and giving you dark smudges under your eyes
- Combat puffy face by contouring with a bronzer and highlighter. Apply bronzer to the hollows of the cheek and temples, and use highlighter on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to help disguise any puffiness.
- A bright statement lip can help make your lips the focus of your face, taking attention away from puffy areas. Choose a vibrant colour that suits your skin tone.
You can watch my full Allergy Face tutorial here: https://www.benadryl.co.uk/allergy-face
If you'd like more information on allergies and fast-acting allergy treatments visit www.benadryl.co.uk.
BENADRYL® Allergy relief contains acrivastine. Always read the label.