I am so fed up with swollen, bloodshot hayfever eyes. I got hayfever for the first time last year. I don’t sneeze that much, just an itchy face, an annoying runny nose and very irritated eyes.
If like me your eyes are suffering, here are some tips to help brighten them up –
- Keep make-up simple.
- Avoid light shimmery eyeshadows as they will highlight puffy lids. Go for matter colours in mid to darker tones. Avoid browns that have any kind of red in them, as these can make your eyes look tired and bring out any redness you might already have.
- A dark matt liner along the top of the lash line can help to knock back the puffiness and give your eyes some definition. If black is too harsh, try a grey or a neutral dark brown. A good matt eyeshadow is also good to use for a softer line. Smudge a little bit on the bottom outer corners as well if you need some definition.
- A nude or cream pencil drawn along your inner lower rim can help to brighten eyes and counter against any redness. You can also use white but nude colours will be softer and less stark.
- Chances are if you’re suffering with your eyes, you’ve got dark circles underneath them too. No matter how much sleep you get, they’re probably not going to shift if an allergy is the problem. A good concealer is what is needed here. I did a post a little while ago on how to cover them.
- At the end of the day make sure that you are removing your make-up properly, I try and do it as soon as I get home. Any niggly bits of mascara left over night can irritate your eyes even more. Use an effective but gentle eye make-up remover. The one from Melvita has been my favourite for a while, it contains cornflower water and chamomile which can help to calm sensitive eyes and reduce swelling. Use it on cotton pads, holding them gently against your eyes for a little while to dissolve the make-up and soothe at the same time.