Welcome to the future, where even an eye infection can be chic. Amanda Seyfried is in Stockholm for a premiere of her new movie, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, but the actress was experiencing an unfortunately timed eye infection right before the red carpet. With the help of makeup artist Mary Greenwell, Seyfried found a way to rock a puffy eye and look as beautiful as ever.
While most people in this situation might be tempted to hide the eye infection as much as possible and hope no one notices it, Seyfried and Greenwell went in a completely different direction.
Instead, they owned the predicament, creating a makeup design that would complement it. "Eye infection vs. @marygreenwell’s makeup design," Seyfried captioned a pre-premiere selfie on Instagram. "Here we come Stockholm fans — Mamma Mia is in Abba Country!"
Greenwell also posted a shot of Seyfried on the red carpet paired with a sweet note about the situation. "I just want to say how wonderful Amanda is," she wrote. "While most people would hide from the camera, here she is looking as beautiful as ever with make up purposefully created to work WITH Amanda’s eye infection. I love this so much." And, lucky for all of us, Greenwell also shared details on all of the products she used to create the look.
Although Seyfried clearly rocked the look, it's generally recommended that you avoid wearing makeup while you have an eye infection.
As SELF wrote previously, there are a ton of things that can cause eye irritations. But if you're experiencing redness, puffiness, excessive watering, or itchiness, you might have an infection like conjunctivitis. If it's your eyelid that affected, you may have a specific type of infection called blepharitis. Or, if you notice a painful, red bump along your lash line, you might be dealing with a stye or chalazion.
If you already have an eye infection or some irritation, it's important to care for that delicate area properly while it heals. That means sticking to the treatment plan your doctor gave you (which may include oral or topical antibiotics, steroid eye drops, or ), possibly applying warm compresses, and keeping the area free of irritants—including contacts and makeup, the Mayo Clinic says.
In some cases, your makeup can contribute to an eye infection. And you can help prevent infections like these by replacing your makeup (especially your mascara) regularly to avoid a buildup of bacteria. And, if you regularly notice inflammation when using certain types of makeup, that may be a sign that you're actually allergic to it and should probably avoid it.
But we love how Seyfried demonstrated that you don't have to let unforeseen circumstances get in the way of your good time and important commitments.