The Best Make-up For Sensitive Eyes
The Best Make-up For Sensitive Eyes

The Best Make-up For Sensitive Eyes

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You’d better believe it – there’s a treasure trove of fabulous make-up products specially formulated for sensitive eyes. We tell you what make-up to use for sensitive eyes and how to avoid irritations at all costs. 

Eye irritations when wearing make-up

What are sensitive eyes? According to ophthalmologist company OCLI, “If the skin around your eyes becomes itchy, red, puffy or scaly after using make-up, you have probably developed an allergy or sensitivity to one of your cosmetics.” The reason? Usually, an ingredient in the product is to blame. The skin on the eyelid has few oil glands, so it tends to be drier and more easily irritated. But there are make-up products that people with sensitive eyes can use. 

Model wearing mascara

What do sensitive eyes look like?

One in four people has a skin reaction to beauty products and fragrances. Sensitivity shows up in various forms. Several symptoms are linked to sensitive skin:

These include:

  • Rash – this is an allergy, not a sensitivity. 
  • Allergies – burning, stinging, itchy skin or hives
  • Dry skin
  • Itching
  • Scaly skin
  • Watery eyes
  • Flaky skin
  • Swelling

Causes of eye irritation

  • Ingredients in cosmetics and skincare products. These include anything from fragrance and emulsifiers to parabens, talc, colour additives, sulphates, preservatives and many more
  • Skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, is a form of eczema and seborrheic dermatitis on the eyelids, show up as scaly patches and red skin.
  • Bacteria in old make-up products can create eye sensitivity and infections. 

How to avoid eye irritation

  1. Make sure you throw out frequently-used cosmetics – mascara and eyeliners, for example – every three months.
  2. Never share your make-up or make-up brushes with anyone else, as this can cause contamination.
  3. Store cosmetics in a cool, dry place so that preservatives in the products don’t deteriorate.
  4. Cleanse brushes frequently with an easy gadget
  5. Maybe check your nail polish ingredients – it could contain potentially irritating chemicals. 
  6. Lastly, make sure you wash your hands if you’ve applied acne medication or super-strength actives like retinols. 

Make-up that’s good for sensitive eyes

Let’s take a look at what make-up you can choose that works wonders on sensitive eyes.

What to look for in a sensitive make-up product

  • Choose a brand that uses plants and natural ingredients and formulas that are free of parabens and sulphates. 
  • If you have very sensitive eyes, choose eye make-up that is fragrance-free or use natural fragrances. Avoid make-up with artificial fragrance.
  • Use make-up that has been tested by dermatologists to ensure it’s allergenic.
  • Visit EWG, the Environmental Working Group, which is a community of over 30 million members that focus on protecting our environmental health. Their website rates skincare and make-up products based on their safety, including their potential for allergies and irritations.
  • Head to your local department store and ask for samples especially formulated for sensitive eyes and test products thoroughly at home. 

Hypoallergenic make-up

Healthline says that this is “a product containing few allergy-producing substances”. Sadly, this term hasn’t been regulated, which means that you need to check the list of ingredients carefully to make sure that they won’t potentially cause an allergic reaction. Typically, hypoallergenic make-up is gentler on the skin, can often be fragrance-free, and sometimes derived from minerals.” Minerals are considered ‘inert’, which means they won’t harbour bacteria or quickly expire.

The best mascara for sensitive eyes

All of the Clarins mascaras are good for sensitive eyes. Charlotte McHale, Clarins Training Manager says, “I’m a contact lens wearer and I wear all of the Clarins mascaras easily.” 

The best eyeshadow for sensitive eyes

A cream-based eyeshadow rather than powder shadows are less likely to irritate, but Clarins powder shadows are also formulated for all skin types, sensitive skins included. 

The best eye liner for sensitive eyes

This cosmetic is often used in an extremely sensitive area, where the eyelid and eyeball meet. Eye liner for sensitive eyes should have a creamy pigmented formula that glides on smoothly. Clarins pencils are equally good for sensitive eyes, but if you’re looking for one that is waterproof, try Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil. McHale says, “it comes in six shades, gives maximum density and is smudge-proof as well as completely waterproof.” 

Finally, remove eye-make-up with ease

Let’s not forget the most crucial skincare product of all, a gentle eye make-up remover that works for sensitive eyes. This product not only gently removes make-up it also soothes sensitive eyelids and strengthens the lashes. Its non-irritating formula is ideal for even the most sensitive types – and that includes contact lens wearers.

“You can also use the Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, which is oilier,” she says. “Avoid it if you’re particularly sensitive to oil or if you have lenses in. But if not, it’s excellent for removing waterproof make-up.”

If you think you may have an allergy, help is at hand from The British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology

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