Make-Up Hacks For Hay Fever Sufferers Because Yes, Full Glam Is An Option

by Lauren Sharkey
A woman suffering from a hay fever standing in a middle of a flower bush with her eyes closed
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Picture this: You're heading to the toilet multiple times to splash water on your burning face. You're rubbing your itchy eyes so much that you look like a panda in broad daylight. You're constantly blowing your nose (or sneezing) in the middle of a silent office. These are the scenarios often faced by hay fever sufferers. And if all that wasn't enough, allergies can turn any face into a red blotchy mess. Fortunately, there are a number of make-up products hay fever sufferers can use to get through the day.

According to Allergy UK, 18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever. With climate change making things worse, the future is looking a little bleak for those prone to allergies, with women in particular heavily affected when the summer season comes around, especially when it comes to their self-esteem. A 2017 survey by Benadryl also revealed that 40 percent of women with allergies feel unattractive, with one in five saying they would even go so far as to cancel a first date.

While women should feel reassured that allergies do not, in fact, make them unattractive, with a few changes to your beauty routine, you can actually leave the house feeling bright-eyed and free from redness. To do this, you're going to want to look for hypoallergenic products, or at least products that have been designed for sensitive skin. This will avoid further irritating your already dry and itchy face. When it comes to make-up, products that have longer lasting power, as well as waterproof qualities, are your best bet to prevent any streaks or black lines appearing where you don't want them.

Here are a few products to get you started.


Sometimes, you can't help but let your allergies get the best of you. But when it comes to affecting your self-esteem, that's a step too far. Use these tips to give yourself the confidence to take on each day in just the way you want.