Tips to Help Conceal Allergies


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I can’t remember the last time I walked outside of my apartment and my eyes didn’t burn. It has gotten to the point that without my sunglasses on my eyes are so heavy with tears there is a good chance I could blindly walk into an intersection of oncoming traffic to my death. Perhaps, death is a bit dramatic, and a week lying in a hospital bed watching TV while hooked up on a morphine drip doesn’t seem so bad right now, but that is not the point. The point is I can’t see through the water coming out of my tear ducts & streaming down my cheeks. I ask myself every morning on the way to work why I bothered putting on blush since it has been swept away by this broken facet that can’t be turned off.

Don’t get me wrong; I am beyond thrilled to say goodbye to winter and hello to summer. However, this transition has left me looking as bad as I feel. I don’t really like the idea of someone mistaking me for a crack head because of the level of blood shot eyes I continue to walk around my office with. It should be noted, in the hospital that I may end up in – if the morphine gives me red eyes, the doctors can handle that. Until then, I am on my own. If it was only red, burning eyes I would probably push through until the season transitioned and I am back to my old self. But, allergies like to party in groups and at this party there is also a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and dark under eye circles.

After some extensive research via the World Wide Web I have compiled a list of tips to get us looking our best, even when we’re feeling our worst.


According to an article I read on Daily Makeover, “Oral antihistamines can dehydrate your body (and your skin!) if you are taking allergy medications. Make sure to drink plenty of water and add a hydrating mask or a Hydrafacial to your routine”

Drink Cold Water

Rumor has it that this helps reduce eyelid puffiness… works ok, I have been trying to stay hydrated and drink cold water and it does help, but not a ton.

Hiding the Runny and Red Nose. 

When I am blowing my nose a lot, not only am I pretty miserable but I try to only use tissues with aloe vera. Seems simple, and it is… this has proven to make my nose feel better. I read celebrity makeup artist Norma Lopez suggests using a green-tinged primer to hide any redness in your nose. “On top of the green corrector, add your concealer that you use on a regular basis and cover the rest. Now apply powder or foundation, and your nose is close to looking flawless and perfect,” Lopez says.

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Accentuate Your Lips. 

When my eyes are in a constant phase of watering, I can’t cake on the eye makeup because it would be all down my face. Instead, I move attention to my lips with a strong bold color.

Tea Bags. 

Pinterest, the mother of all DIY routines, enlightened me with this knowledge: Placing a tea bag over your eyes for 10 minutes after cooling it down to room temperature will reduce swelling and redness. I was really happy with the results of this and to top it off I found the tea bags on my eyes really relaxing.

Stick with With what You Know.

Honestly, what I did learn from all this research online is that when your immune system is already working over time to fight the allergens out there this time of year it probably isn’t a good idea to introduce something new to your day to day beauty routine. And if you have to try something new try to make sure it is hypoallergenic.

What else are you guys doing to help combat the battle against allergies this season?

***beauty always comes from within, photos take by Katerina Stavreva, xoxo behind the mirror***
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  • Dahi Koch

    these are very great tips – thank you for sharing! i’m also allergic and i hate it … the tip with the tea bags is awesome. will try it out very soon!

  • Thanks!!! Going to have to get on that and do some research! Taking it one season at a time, haha.

    • Mariea Jarin

      okay :)

  • thenletitbe

    Allergies in Atlanta have to be at an all time high right now. My new white house is yellow and I am miserable when I step outside. I’m gonna try out some of these clever tricks, but for now these pictures are making me feel better. I can not get enough of that hair color on you!

    • Thank you so much, I am really loving it – but not how quickly it fades. Looking for remedies, haha!

  • IslandHipster

    Great tips! I can’t keep any eye makeup sometimes when my allergies starts acting up but if I use what I’m accustomed to, I have no issues.

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    This is a great post – often my allergies are skin conditions so I can wear clothes to cover it up. I am on antihistamine in Japan at the moment because there is heaps of pollen about.

  • Ashley White

    I’m not usually susceptible to seasonal allergies, but this year has been BAD and I’ve noticed that my eyes are a little itchy and red this year. Great tips!


  • Jenn

    Great tips! I love your dress too ;)

    Hope to connect soon!

    xo, Jenn

  • Sarah

    ugh, I have allergy, too but here in Barcelona it is already weeks ago
    when it hit me ! People stared disgusted at me in the metro as my nose
    wouldn’t stop running and my eyes itching…i hate it although it also
    means: spring has come, winter is over! So your tips will be considered
    next year, thank you so much for sharing!!
    xx, sarah

    • I can’t wait for the season to be completely transitioned here too! Wish me luck, haha.

  • Victoria Larroque

    I adore the picture taken with the flower :) Thanks for all the tips!! I recently had to start taking allergy medication again….yup, it’s spring!

    • Thanks so much! Make sure to stay hydrated, and I hope the medications help or at least keep your eyes from burning too much.

  • Natalia

    A good thing to try is good quality vitamin C because it’s a natural antihistamine. Start a few weeks before your allergies tend to appear, with 500mg per day, then build up to 2-3g daily, with equal doses at breakfast, lunch and dinner, just before meals. Go slow, say week 1 = 500g, week 2 = 1000g etc as too much vit C at once can upset the stomach. As a nutritionist I am very particular about supplements, so at the moment am not certain what brands you could get in the States – to be safe and sure, go for Solgar Bio Ascorbate Vitamin C. I know this one is definitely around. x

    • This is a great tip! Is there anything the vit. C isn’t good for? I swear it is the ultimate miracle vitamin! Thank you so much for your comment.

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