Whether it's because of a recent breakup, a sweet and touching movie, or even from laughing so hard, crying has both theraputic and very personal. Which is why most us of don't really like letting anyone know or notice that we just had a good cry, although the red eyes, puffy and blotchy face, plus red patches are an instant giveaway—and after a really intense cry, snot and runny mascara become part of the mix as well! Since crying is already tiring enough, we're here to help you skip the hassle of trying to clean up any traces your emotional moment, especially when it's right before something big or important. Scroll down to check out our simple and effective step-by-step guide.
1 Calm down.
Take it from Mr. Cumberbatch and first take a deep breath so you can calm down. Let your body rest and put yourself in a better mood by listening to your favorite upbeat song. Being calm is what will start to reduce the redness in your face.
2 Keep down the swelling around your eyes.
Gently dab a towel or tissue, run it under cold water, and gently dab underneath your eyes. You can also use ice wrapped in a towel or cloth that you can gently dab on the blotchy, red patches around your face. But make sure to first concentrate on the areas underneath your eyes and on your cheeks. This will de-puff and remove redness.
3 Clear your eyes.
If your eyes are super red, apply eye drops. Don't always make this a habit–only do so for really important occasions, otherwise it's best to wait for your eyes to go back to normal.
4 Leave your red and shiny nose alone.
Don't make the mistake of applying powder to cover-up your super red and shiny nose because this will just make it worst, trust us! Just wait for the redness to go away, it will do so in a little over a minute.
5 Clean up any smudges.
If you were wearing eye makeup, it's best to clean up any smudges with a makeup pen eraser or use a cotton bud dipped in cleansing water or makeup remover. Remember to very gentle when doing so.
If you need to conceal the areas around your nose and lips, make sure to use a concealer with a yellow undertone to cancel out any redness naturally. Blend well!
7 Splash some color.
Distract from your possibly puffy eyes by swiping on your favorite red lippie. This will also make you look fresh and feel more confident!
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