13 Eye Makeup Tips for Sensitive Eyes

13 Eye Makeup Tips for Sensitive Eyes

Having sensitive eyes and loving makeup is a tricky combination. While you'd like to create a flawless cat eye, liquid liner makes your eyelids itch, and your smoky-eye skills don't show when the rest of your eye is red and puffy. 

However, you do not have to give up eye makeup forever just because you have sensitive eyes. With a few clever makeup tips for sensitive eyes, you can easily create some fabulous eye art, while keeping watery and itchy eyes at bay. Excited to learn more about these tips and tricks? Keep reading to find out!

#1 Choose the Right Products

When it comes to wearing makeup around the eyes, people with sensitive eyes need to be careful. Makeup contains certain ingredients that can cause irritation and discomfort for people who already suffer from allergies.

Make sure that the eye makeup you choose is made for sensitive eyes. Go for hypoallergenic skin care products, i.e. products with fewer allergic reactions, like a hypoallergenic mascara. Always read the label, so that you're not subjecting your eyes to harsh chemicals. If possible, choose the makeup that does not contain fragrances, since these too can irritate your eyes.

#2 Toss Out Expired Cosmetics

Cosmetic products have an expiration date, and you should throw away anything that’s past its prime. This rule applies to all your products, but especially to eye makeup since it touches this delicate area so closely. People with sensitive eyes can truly prevent irritation, watering, itching, and redness by doing so.

It is good practice to refer to the product packaging to determine the shelf life of your products.

#3 Clean Your Brushes Regularly

Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is the best way to avoid flare-ups of eye sensitivity. Make sure your brushes are well-cared for and stored in hygienic containers.


Clean your brushes at least once a week since dirt tends to accumulate with each use, and dirty brushes that come into contact with your eyes could cause infection and further irritate them.

#4 Wash Your Hands

A clean brush won't actually make a difference if your fingers are covered in dirt, dust or bacteria. Spend a few minutes washing your hands before applying any product to your face. Additionally, you should not rub your eyes while removing makeup and applying makeup.

#5 Opt for Creamy Eyeshadow

In order to prevent eye irritation, cream eyeshadows should be your best bet since powder eyeshadow tends to fall into your eyes. In addition, avoid using glittery and shimmery products that can enter your eyes and cause further irritation.

However, if you don’t have a creamy eyeshadow, just mix some vaseline or primer to your powder eyeshadow. By doing this, you’ve got a DIY creamy shadow ready for use, which doesn’t even bother your sensitive eyes!

#6 Avoid the Waterline

Lids with thick rims and a lot of makeup are always in style in the beauty industry. But there's one problem: these trends are particularly painful for those with sensitive eyes.


As an alternative, you can line your eyes as close to the waterline as possible without touching your skin.

For a more edgy, modern look, draw the line midway across your lid. Similarly, draw your eyeliner halfway across your lower lash line to the outer corners and get a hot cat-eye look.

#7 Use Primer before Makeup

Although it may not provide adequate protection for everyone, a primer can act as a barrier between your skin and the products. Moreover, an eye primer prevents oily eyelids from ruining eyeshadow in your eyes, preventing eye irritation, as well as correcting any natural discolouration. 

#8 Sharing Is Not Caring

Sharing make-up and cosmetic tools Yes, even with your BFF! can facilitate the spread of bacteria. Consequently, there is a higher risk of infection of the eye. Especially for people with sensitive eyes!

Additionally, avoid using tester makeup products at stores, since you cannot be sure who may have used those products previously.

#9 Avoid Sleeping in Makeup

Removing your makeup may seem like an unnecessary step if you're exhausted. However, when you don't remove your makeup, oil glands can get clogged, which may cause infections on the eyelids (as well as pimples on your face!).

Makeup removal using a cleanser that contains no fragrance is the best choice if your eyes are sensitive.

#10 Remove Eye Makeup with a Gentle Cleanser

Speaking of cleansing washing your face every night can keep makeup for sensitive eyes from getting into your eyes. The best way to remove waterproof mascara, eyeshadow, and liquid eyeliner is with a gentle cleanser that breaks down the makeup.

The Gentle Cleanser from Faces Canada is the perfect product for the job. It melts away makeup effortlessly while softening and anti-ageing your skin at the same time.

#11 Don’t Apply Moisturiser to Your Eyelids

It is absolutely crucial that you apply moisturiser after cleansing your face each morning and evening, but do not apply it around your eyelids. These products can seep into your eyes when they warm up on your skin. In turn, this can cause itchy, watery, irritated, and red eyes. Apply your eye cream, as well as your moisturiser, around the orbital bone instead.

#12 Keep It Simple

You should avoid wearing too many eye products when you have sensitive eyes. 

If you're doing a smokey eye, don't overdo it with dramatic cat eyeliner. Conversely, if you want to make an eyeliner statement, don't overload your lids with tons of shadow. If you use a minimal amount of product, you're less likely to irritate your skin and it's easier to wash it all off.

13# Try Eyeliner and Eyeshadow That Won’t Tug

Using eyeliner or eyeshadow that scrapes against your delicate eyelid while applying makeup is one of the worst things you can do. There are better formulations out there that will make applying your eye makeup for sensitive eyes a real treat!

The Faces Canada Ultime Pro Eyeshadow Palette features blendable, long-wearing eyeshadow that seamlessly glides across your lids. And with our Long Stay Liquid Eyeliner — one of the best eyeliners for sensitive eyes — you can create a variety of different eye looks with an easy glide formulation. 

The Bottom Line.

Allowing your sensitive eyes to prevent you from wearing eye makeup that you enjoy is a mistake. You can easily reduce the chances of your sensitive eyes reacting to makeup, by following these 13 simple and easy tips.

Follow the tips provided above, and be ready to rock your glam eye makeup.

Also, don't forget to let us know how it worked out! XOXO, darlings!