Hiding a pimple is easy. Masking a red nose, dry skin and puffy eyes during allergy season is a full-time job. In fact, a survey commissioned by Zyrtec found that 50 percent of women have missed parties and dates because their symptoms made their beauty routine so much longer.

Researchers surveyed 1,000 women about allergies (both indoors and outdoors) and their effects on makeup habits. Most women said their go-to products to hide allergy symptoms include concealer, foundation, and mascara. “Women think that when they’re dealing with allergies, the best way to cover it up is to throw on a lot makeup,” says Rebekah George, the beauty expert for the survey. “But a lot of the time, that can make it look worse.”

If you dread allergy season, heads up: experts say it’ll only be worse this year. You don’t need to be a makeup magician to look your best this spring, though–just take some beauty cues from Jennifer Lawrence. You’d never guess she was battling a cold when she attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards show back in January.

Source: Women’s Health