A swollen face, a bright red nose, and eyes to match are all telltale signs of a good cry. “These effects can last for as little as a few minutes or stretch on for a few hours,” says Marina Peredo, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, with a private practice in Smithtown, New York. But there are a few things you can do to expedite the process.
If You Have 10 Minutes
Run your fingers under icy-cold water (or rest them on top of a few ice cubes), then, starting at the inner corners of your eyes, press down on the skin until you reach the outer corners of your eyes. Repeat several times to help drain the fluid that has accumulated underneath your eyes. If you can, follow up with an eye serum formulated with yeast extracts (try Origins No Puffery; $26, origins.com) to flatten the area further.
To combat redness in the whites, use over-the-counter drops. “One to two drops per eye is sufficient and should wash away the redness upon contact,” says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, the author of Skin Rules ($14, amazon.com).
(Try Clear Eyes Cooling Comfort Redness Relief; $5, drugstore.com.) Finally, cover up your red nose, plus any other areas that have become flushed, with a yellow-tinted concealer (like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit; $35, 1.macys.com). “Yellow undertones help cancel out red ones,” says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow.
Avoid foundation or powder. “If your skin is irritated from all the nose-blowing, the extra makeup will look cakey,” she says. Instead, apply concealer only where needed and set with a face mist. (Turnbow likes Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist; $48, tatcha.com.)