The 8 Best Makeup Brands For Women With Sensitive Skin
May 8, 2015
May 8, 2015
If the words "new product" leave you with visions of red, irritated, itchy skin instead of excitement, then you probably have sensitive skin. You may sometimes feel like the world of beauty is closed off to you, but you aren't alone and makeup brands are listening. A great number of wonderful cosmetics companies realize that many women need products that aren't going to irritate their skin and the response from these brands has been impressive. From awesome, inexpensive drugstore options to high-end, luxury brands, we're bringing you 8 of the best makeup brands you can rely on to treat your gorgeous, sensitive skin with the gentle kindness it deserves.
Long before other brands jumped on board the mineral makeup bandwagon, bareMinerals has been infusing its products with iron oxides and essential oils and has lived up to its promise of delivering makeup that doesn't contain preservatives, fragrances, synthetic dyes, and petrochemicals, all of which irritate the skin. We love this brand, not just because it offers a line of foundations, powders, and shadows that are suitable for sensitive skin, but because it thinks about out specific sensitive skin needs and addresses them--the awesome Redness Remedy, which reduces the look of ruddy complexions and broken capillaries, is proof of that.
It all started with a little bottle of Argan oil with its ability to hydrate and soothe skin without making it greasy. Then former model Josie Maran realized if she stuck to her natural guns when it came to creating a full makeup line, women with sensitive skin would clamor to get our hands on her cosmetics, too. Believe me when I say, there is nothing juicier than her Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee, which is made up of 50 percent pure coconut water, combined with Argan oil, and Vitamin E. Like all of Josie's products, you won't find parabens, irritating synthetic fragrances or sulfates here.
The entire reason LORAC exists is because its creator, Carol Shaw, kept hearing the same complaint from many of her clients: their makeup was leaving their faces a raw, dry, ruddy mess. So she responded with products like LORAC Natural Performance Foundation, which is free of parabens, artificial fragrances, and oils; and what has to be the most sensitive skin-conscious primer on the market: LORAC "I'm So Sensitive" Soothing Face Primer, which--unlike many drying primers--contains plant extracts that actually hydrate the skin. The company is transparent when it comes to its list of ingredients and you always feel like you know exactly what you're getting from the brand.
Colorescience covers all bases: makeup, skin treatments, and sunscreens that are formulated with zinc and titanium, with none of the nasty chemicals you sometimes find in products with SPF. Colorescience also partners with no fewer than 10 medical experts, whose job it is to ensure their products are made with safe ingredients like iron oxides, mica, micronized zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide--and not dyes, fragrances, mineral oil, fillers, alcohol, and talc.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Brush SPF 30 ($42)
Credit where it's due: Almay was one the first hypoallergenic cosmetics brand, the first to make 100 percent fragrance-free products, and the first to allergy-test its makeup. Thanks to them, the bar has been set pretty high and they continue to prove their commitment in this area by giving us products like the glorious Intense i-color shimmer-i kit, a seriously simple-to-use, ophthalmologist-tested eyeshadow kit that takes the guess work out of which colors look best on our baby blues or big brown eyes.
This brand earned its name the good, old-fashioned way: by consulting with Dermatologist Dr. Meghan O'Brien on its products. Physicians Formula takes their makeup to the next level when it comes to helping women with sensitive skin look and feel their best. They actually came out with a line of gluten-free makeup in 2013 and their gold standard products over the years have included blushes, bronzers, and BB creams that contain good-for-you Argan oil and their Organic Wear line, which is 70 percent organic. Physicians Formula is one brand that understands sensitive skin extends to the eye area--their fantastic mascaras are free of petroleum and synthetic solvents, which can irritate eyes and cause lash breakage.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Glow Oil ($14.99)
If you suspect you might have sensitive skin, but can't get a handle on exactly which products will address your specific issue, VMV Hypoallergenics takes the guess work out of choosing makeup and skin care. You can shop for cosmetics and skincare products by concern--eczema, allergic/ultra sensitive, rosacea, etc., select products ala cart or go for a skin care trio like Superskin Care Regimen Bundle: Hydra Balance for Combination Skin, which is carefully curated by VMV Hypoallergenics to suit sensitive skin and is free of fragrances, preservatives, parabens, dyes, and phthalates.
Clinique has become such a giant in the cosmetics universe that we sometimes forget they have been committed from the get-go to allergy testing all of their products--7,200 times per product, as a matter of fact. Their eye shadows and mascaras are ophthalmologist-tested and their isn't a hint of fragrance in any of their products. Best of all: they don't neglect areas we seldom think about when we consider sensitive skin: like nails. Clinique's A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins won't irritate your hands or eyes--and '90s girls will love that the lines includes their legendary Black Honey hue.
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