Hay fever is something that I’ve only been suffering with for the past five years or so, but each year it seems to get worse and worse. It’s not a cute look when you’ve spent hours on the perfect base and precise winged eyeliner, only to have your watery eyes make it run halfway down your face. When my allergies are at their worst, I tend to avoid wearing makeup all together, but on the days where I do want to wear a little makeup, there are some products that stand up to the test against hay fever. Here are the tips and products I’ve discovered over the years that mean my makeup won’t be destroyed by pollen the second I step outside.
THE ORDINARY CONCEALER
Concealer is a must in my makeup routine as I tend to steer away from foundation all together, especially heavy ones. I find that because I rub my eyes and nose, my foundation tends to come off leaving my base looking uneven and patchy. I dot a light layer of concealer under my eyes, on my eyelids and any other areas that may need some extra attention and blend out with my finger or buffing brush. If you’re looking for a lighter, more natural finish, blend out the edges of the concealer using a moisturiser, which helps it sink into skin for a flawless effect. My go-to is the The Ordinary Concealer as it does not budge, meaning if you do catch yourself rubbing your eyes it won’t be going anywhere.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Keeping my skin refreshed is something that is a must for me, and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is the perfect mist for this. I keep it in the fridge so that it has a cooling effect on the skin, which can really help with any itching or irritation I might be feeling from my hay fever symptoms. This is a summer essential in my routine.
Revolution The Waterproof Mascara Revolution
I couldn’t do a no-makeup makeup look without mascara. No matter how itchy my eyes are I just cannot live without it! I always choose a waterproof formula like the Revolution The Waterproof Mascara Revolution to avoid any smudging from the facial spray or my itchy my eyes. Top tip: use waterproof mascara as an eyeliner by pressing it into the base of the lashes to create more budge-proof definition to the outer corner of the eye.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel
My brows aren’t necessarily affected by hay fever but they’re something that I just can’t skip. I love using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel in the shade Blonde because it gives my tiny little brows some natural looking volume. I’m all about a fluffy brow but it’s difficult to recreate when your brows naturally look like their taking inspiration from the 90’s. This product is a lifesaver for me as it gives slight volume to my brows as well as a natural tint of colour, which helps to make them look fuller.