So You’ve Been Crying…


While I get my hairy limbs and extremely bushy eyebrows from my Dad, from my Mum I have inherited the ability to cry at anything that I find remotely sad or extremely happy. Old men crying or wedding’s of people that I don’t even know that well will have me blubbering like a baby in a matter of moments. Don’t ever watch Don’t Tell the Bride with me. This ability also includes being unable to re-tell the sad or happy story to someone else without crying again. I must also add that I’m a Kim Kardashian crier; none of this ‘one delicate tear running down the cheek‘ business and so things get puffy, red and snotty. With this comes an intense post-waterworks rescue operation and today I’m letting you in on my five step plan…

1. Cool it down. An ice pack to the under eye area feels seriously incredible after a good cry and I’m always amazed and how quickly it makes such a big difference. It’s the quickest (and cheapest) way to de-puff and get rid of redness, but if you’re lacking in the professional pack department two spoons that have been in the fridge will do. Finish off with a thin layer of the Yes To Cucumbers SoothingΒ Eye Gel (which feels so good you’ll want to smear it all over your face).

2. Drop it in. Now, I completely forgot to add this in to the photograph, but a few drops of a redness-reducing eye drop formula always comes in handy for me. I find the Optrex and Murine formulas work best.

3. Cover up.Β Repetitive tissue-to-eye action can cause things to get a little red round thatΒ area so I amp up the concealer a little; using a slightly more pigmented formula that I usually would and going in a bit heavier with it. Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer in Sand is usually my cover-up of choice for these occasions and the slight yellow-y tone helps to bring down that redness even further.

4. Line it. My ragingly red waterline is always my clear giveaway that I’ve had a sob, so this is probably the most important step of all to me. A quick line of a flesh-coloured kohl is basically a miracle worker when it comes to these kinds of things and the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat may just be most pigmented and aptly named of them all.

5. Curl and shimmer. Things are looking pretty back to normal by this step, but as a precaution I like to give the lashes a good curl to open my peepers back up and disguise any residue puffiness and sweep on something light and chic-ly shimmery on the lid. Now is not the time to attempt a smokey, high-maintence eye. Keep it simple with something like the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione.

See, no one will even know that you’ve just watched that ‘Christian The Lion’ video


  • Great tips Anna! Im def an ugly cryer!

  • Ok totally crying at my desk now watching that christian the lion vid! Love!

  • Aww, I’m a big crying baby too, I hate when I watch a movie with friends and they choose one with obviously a sad ending or really intense drama, I just can’t contain myself and end up crying and then laughing cause I get so embarrassed! I’d rather cry alone with my movies haha X

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  • Avanti

    Great tips! It’s always hard to cover up the fact that you have been crying but hopefully your tips will help me out next time.


  • Excellent tips! Like you I am not the most elegant crier, wish a tear would just gently roll down my cheeks too! x

  • Ha ha!! Too sweet Anna! I remember seeing you all puffy eyed in your last Vlog! πŸ™‚ Great tips from the expert! notes taken πŸ™‚

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  • Niamh

    Couldn’t be a better time for this post.. I just finished reading the fault in our stars and there were plenty of tears! x

  • Thanks for this post! Now I can finally do something about these sad flashbacks before important events! Love and hugs πŸ™‚

  • Kerstin wears.

    Great post Anna! Btw I also always cry when i see christian the lion πŸ˜€

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  • I’m definitely interested in that eye gel! Anything cooling and soothing is great for me because my eyes get so puffy with or without the tears!

  • Loved the post, now I can finally cry in style, haha!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • emily couture

    what a lovely post and great tips πŸ™‚

    emily xx

  • Great post! I’m quite a crier too, especially when it comes to sad books and movies haha; love that Nars eyeshadow!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  • This is my life. I swear I cry at everything known to man. I even cried when I had to tell a really sweet old man that I didn’t have his size in the shoes he wanted at work. Doh. Tips have been noted, no more puffy face for me.

  • Mariska

    Haha, I really laughed about the comment about your mom and you crying at everything. Great tips!

  • Jessica Thoma

    This is exactly why I own like 5 ice packs! Great tips! πŸ™‚ x

  • Claudia

    I cry at anything, if I’m angry I cry, I like a water fountain, these tips are really helpful!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  • This post is super duper handy, especially for us emotional ones! Thankyou so much for the amazing advice, all of the tips are so simple and practical πŸ™‚

    xo, Renee β™₯

  • Just what I needed, my eyes are so puffy right now! x


  • Geena

    This is why I love your blog, Anna! You always think of the most original post ideas!

    • Yes, I agree with you, she’s so creative!

  • Haha, brilliant post! I could probably do with these tips every other day! Ailish

  • I cry a lot too, so this post is really helpful!

    Kate xo //

  • And I thought I was an easy cryer aha! These tips are going to come in very handy, although I’m not sure I could use the eye drops, the thought of them kind of scares me… The ice under your eyes is a brilliant idea though!

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  • I’m a sensitive soul too! Great post!

  • Mandy Bajwa
  • I always have to put on more concealer after I cry! I love this post πŸ™‚

  • This is such a unique idea for a post! Can’t say I’m a massive crier but waterproof mascara is always won, just in case πŸ˜‰

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  • this post was amazing, I feel your pain girl. x

  • Thank you for this Anna, i needed this today after failing my driving test AGAIN! πŸ™ I had a panic attack and became a blubbering mess during the test πŸ™

    • Awww no! I recently did my test and I was a wreck too. Are you okay now? When you re-book try to go for a different time so you’ll have different traffic, maybe another examiner, and try to wear a completely different outfit too. You don’t want anything to trigger bad memories that could stop you passing second time around. Best of luck!! xx

  • Hah, these a good tips, thanks πŸ™‚ I usually try to ‘flap your hands and look at the sky to make the crying stop’ technique. Always fails.

  • Ingrid

    I had to click on the link didn’t I? Killer combination of true love, beautiful wild animals and Whitney Houston! Where’s that ice pack?

  • Ajdas

    One of the best beauty post, useful for sure!

  • Lauren

    So I’ve just watched ‘Christian The Lion’ in work… WOW! Emotional haha. I had to take my earphones out or I would have burst into tears. Beautiful…
    Great post as usual πŸ™‚

  • A cool ice pack sounds so good for my eyes now! I’ll be sure to try that next time πŸ˜‰ and hey I also inheirited my crying ability from my mom! πŸ˜‰

  • Joycelyn Steib

    These are some very helpful and great tips!!! Love the cool ice pack…thanks so much for sharing with us. <3

  • Clementine Buttercup

    Great tips. My personal trick to hide the fact that I’ve been crying is to don my glasses or shades. Head in sand perhaps but it works for me!

  • this is a great idea for a post! i have one of the nars dual intensity eyeshadows and i’m obsessed πŸ™‚

  • Lux Veritatis

    I get extremely red around my entire face especially cheeks when I cry. I tried everything and nothing helps to reduce it that fast.. I guess I have to live with it haha:)
    I’m also new to this world of blogging so It would mean a lot to me if anyone checked my blog and maybe followed? Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Soledad Benitez

    Excellent post. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    Great tips, i’m also a bit of a crier too πŸ™‚

    Sophie x

  • My mother calls me a crybaby because I cry at anything and everything.. haha thanks for sharing!


  • sarah torrence

    This post is great and spot on! I don’t cry very often, but when I do, it’s definitely an ugly, Kim Kardashian cry! I also love how you coined the ‘ugly cry’ term to the ‘Kim Kardashian cry’!


  • Chantal
  • Amazing tips! After I’ve been crying my eyes get all red and puffy! x

  • Really good tips, Anna!! I cry way too easily as well.

  • Charlotte C

    The last line was so appropriate! Your blog is the best Anna πŸ™‚

  • Great tips Anna! Whenever I cry, the puffiness carries on to the next day – horrible!!!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

  • Maddy Martin

    AHH! I have been in search of a good way to conceal my cry-eyes! thank you!

    Please check out my blog if you get some time, I have always loved reading yours πŸ™‚

  • The Yes To Cucumbers eye gel sounds lovely and refreshing!

  • Hannah Burrows

    I cry so easily! My eyes get so red, puffy and sore when I cry, these are really good tips! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  • rebekah maryx

    the lion video gets me soppy too I’ll be grabbing the tissues in a sec

  • Faye

    I’ve honestly never cried more than I did watching Christian the Lion! In fact this is a lie… The end of Marley and Me ruined me for days! Another great piece Anna!:) xx

  • Margery Ho

    Thank you! I’m such a crier as well!

  • This is probably the most useful post I’ve seen! I cry really easily, no matter how silly the situation, I guess it’s just how I release any kind of emotion. So the red eyes and puffiness get quite annoying!

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  • Briony Morgan

    Useful tips! I am also like that- I cry so easily!
    I always hold a cold flannel to my eyes to help de-puff them.

  • Oh Lord, I cry like a leaky tap. You may shed a few over Christian the lion, but for me it’s orangutan videos- especially the one that befriends a dog.

    Does anybody else get a VERY red mouth as soon as the first tear falls? As if sobbing over orangutans wasn’t sexy enough I have that to deal with! Ice packs and aloe vera ahoy!

  • cristy

    the yes to eye gel looks great xx

  • NIna

    christian the lion video is amazing πŸ™‚

  • Maia

    Yes-to is one of my fave brands!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I always feel like when I’m at an event (wedding, movie, etc.) and I cry for whatever reason, my makeup is just ruined for the evening. In reality, I could do some of your steps on the fly and try to spruce up the area as much as possible. This is such a great post!


  • Eyeshadow Addict

    What a fantastic, unique tutorial! I love these tips.

  • Madison Moore

    I’m actually the opposite, I don’t cry very often. Not even during sad movies! But I really loved these tips. The eye drops are a real key thing to use, I often use them when I haven’t slept much.

  • I’m exactly like you (on all counts – hairy limbs, bushy eyebrows etc…) and I cry at everything.
    Love these tips!
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  • Colene Woolcott

    Bollocks! I’m sobbing at my desk and having to do that thing where you look up to stop the tearing dripping down your face!!! Too much for a Thursday morning! P.S DYING to try those Charlotte Tilbury pencils!

  • I find concealer is a lifesaver when you’ve had a cry- it covers everything up! xx

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  • Emma and Emily

    I wasn’t a crier when I was younger, but for some reason I have become a lot more emotional as I’ve got older! I cry at anything really and like you, I’m a KK krier!

  • I’m pretty much the same as you- hairy limbs and bushy eyebrows….not to mention that I cry at everything, so I’m pretty sure that the next time I shed a tear (or many) I will finally know how to cover myself up
    Thanks for the tips!


  • haha such a good and useful post ! I also cry super easily , soooooo…. πŸ™‚

    Love from France, Victoria

  • This is such a cute and helpful post. I’m also a pretty emotional person who weeps easily, and on certain “days of the month” it’s especially bad.

    Besides the ice pack, I like the trick to put two tablespoons into the freezer for 5 minutes and then put them onto the cried-out lids. But for really bad days an ice pack definitely is the better choice.

    xx Carolin

  • I’m totally with you on the blubbing at everything. I innocently stuck Tarzan on earlier and started tearing up when ‘you’ll be in my heart’ started playing (nope, no idea why). I might have to try the cold spoon trick next time I shed a tear!

  • These are such great ideas!!

    such great tips cant wait to try these out even though i hope i wont be crying any time soon LOL

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  • BΓ‘rbara Rivera

    Don’t even make me think of Christian the lion! I’m just like you, I cry everytime I’m feeling an overwhelming emotion: happiness, sadness, anger…you name it. I even cry when other people are crying. I call it empathy, others call it creepy. Anyways, awesome tips! πŸ™‚

  • mycitymylondon

    I love this post! Although when I cried at my sisters wedding, I didn’t have access to half these things! but great tip!
    I am also a kim K crier, although my tears are not so elegant as hers xx

  • Vivianna, you are so clever! Everyone needs to know how to cover up the swallowing red eyes after crying. This is a very good trips! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot.

  • http://viskaskasgrazu.wordpres

    Such great tips since I am also a huge cry baby too ! gonna pop spoons in my freezer just in case lol.

  • can’t even begin to tell you how helpful this was, i’m such an easy crier!! i annoyingly cry when i get annoyed or angry too and you can always tell – red, puffy tomato eyes always. never thought to use cool spoons, or use a nude liner! and i have one which would be perfect! thank you thank you X

  • ofthekindredsoul

    This is brilliant! Like you, I can get very teary-eyed over the smallest things so this will help me immensely! Thank you.

  • Philippa Wall

    cheaper alternative to the charlotte tilbury, is the scandal eyes waterproof kohl kajal in nude!