Need Your Help! Eye Makeup for Sensitive Eyes?

Hey ladies, I wanted to open up a discussion post today where hopefully you can help me out.

As you all know, I’ve had quite the ride with some eye conditions that came from Johnson & Johnson contact lenses that were contaminated. Anyway, my eyes are almost better (as in, bearable at this point) but I would love some help about eye makeup! My eyes are fine with it now, and though my eyes can stand “normal” makeup, it can only last an hour before my eyes get slightly irritated and so I panic and remove it all.

So I wanted to ask – do you know any eyeliner and eyeshadows that are good for sensitive eyes?

I’m looking for stuff that is hypo-allergic, fragrance-free, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lenses wearers (not that I wear them anymore, but I know that they are extra careful with their formula for those). Basically anything that is pure and clean, or as much as makeup can be. I hear Physicans Formula is good but we don’t get it here in Singapore. :(

Any advice or recommendations from those with sensitive eyes would be much appreciated.

Also, I wanted to ask if anyone knows where I could buy Q tips Precision Tips (or anything like them) in Singapore?

Thanks in advance!


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  1. Glad to hear your eyes are doing better! I have been having eye issues as well, but they’re getting better as well.

    I haven’t been able to wear as much mascara because it seems to make my eyes dry, but then I tried Bobbi Brown’s new Longwear mascara and it hasn’t irritated my eyes at all. I don’t think it’s specifically for sensitive eyes, but it works for me! I’m actually going to try the eyeliner as well.

    • Thanks Aseya! Forgot to mention that the eye makeup I’m using now is:

      Bobbi Brown eyeshadow
      Make up Forever eyeliner

      …and my eyes don’t seem to like it after awhile :/ I love BB’s makeup though! I’ll just have to say goodbye to her eye makeup :(

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  3. Hi Renee! I have the same prob as you! I think apart from eye make up products, try to avoid lining too closely to your waterline. I realise that it worsens the eye irritation condition for myself. I hope that helps!

  4. Watsons have the pointed cosmetic q-tips in their own brand line! It’s quite cheap for a whole tub. I’m interested to know about the sensitive eye makeup, because my own eyes itch every time I put eyeshadow or eyeliner on, which has put me off eye makeup almost entirely now.

  5. Have you tried K-palette’s eyeliner? They are formulated for sensitive eyes.

  6. Clinique. I’m allergic to some eye makeup, like Lancome which makes my eyelids crack and bleed (!) and Clinique is the one brand I always swear by for my eyes, fragrance free, hypoallergenic that I use first after a problem before I go back into some of my usual shades.

    • Omg, crack and bleed?! Yuck, that’s awful. I was doing some research and a lot of people with sensitive eyes recommend Clinique – I’ll def try them, thanks! I’m already at their counter all the time since I use their skincare, so will pick up some eyeshadow/eyeliner the next time I’m there. :)

      • which Clinique skincare are you using? I just tried 2 of their moisturizer for the eyes and couldn’t tolerate them because of my very dry eyes. I would love to find makeup & moisturizer that doesn’t burn my eyes or my sensitive face.

  7. I had rly sensitive eyes for a while, on and off, and realised using liquid eyeliners are the worst. So best is take something like crayon/pencil eyeliner. Something like Chanel. Super soft and glide on easily. Don line it in your eyes too deep or it will get in and start all kinds of hell! For mascara, gently tap outwards after putting a mascara base (shiseido not bad) Haha, hope it helps! :)

    • Yeah, I reckon liquid liner is not as clean as well ’cause you’re using the same brush over and over… I’m using pencil now and sharpening it after every use. And like you said, just lining it “over” the lash line, not too deep in.

      Thanks for your tips, Cheryn! :)

      • :)

        One is the hygiene, two is actually the quality of the brush. And when it gets to the corner of the eyes, it made my eyes water like mad and itchy. Yeah, so actually stay away from them! (Not to mention when you remove them from your eyes, there are coloured gunk inside them, lol)

        Hope your pretty eyes will be okay soon!

  8. There are many great brands for sensitive eyes that I use. I have sensitive eyes as well, so there was a ton of trial and error. Clinique makes very gentle eyeliners and mascaras, never has a problem with that. I would avoid Elizabeth Arden mascaras, as they seem to irritate your eyes if you apply it too close to the lashline. Urban Decay, Almay, tokidoki,Physician’s Formula, and Sleek makeup are brands that are gentle on the eyes, while remaining very pigmented and crease free. Dior eyeshadows are also very good, I have not had any undesirable experiences. If you would like a list of more brands, don’t be afraid to shoot an email. :)

    • Ah I want to try Physicians Formula so bad! But I’ll look out for Clinique, that seems to be the most recommended! Thanks love :) x

  9. Personally I get skin irritation easily and in bad cases, around my eyes as well. I find it is important to practice good personal hygiene by not sharing stuffs with people and i also realised I get eye infections easily while wearing monthly contacts, so now i’ve switched to dailies.

    Currently I’m using clarins eye make up travelling palette with mac eye liner and my eyes haven’t had any issues with it. And I’m alternating between sweet almond oil (almost all the time) and johnson’s baby oil (only rarely to remove heavy eye makeup) to remove eye makeup.

    And you can buy those precision tips in Daiso if you can find them among thousands of items in there, but I usually use cotton pad, fold in quarter and use the corner of the square for removing tight line :)

    • Thanks Kay! :)

      Yeah, I’ve never shared makeup with anyone and I’m never wearing contacts again (even though I was wearing dailies and am very hygienic)… not gonna play around with my eyes anymore. I’ve never had ANY eye issues in my life until I started those J&J contact lenses, ugh.

      I’m trying to find the precision tips to apply eyeshadow/eyeliner though! I dont think my eyes can keep using the same brush over and over (I know I could just wash them, but washing them after every use is annoying!) so I’ll just use disposables… I’m so careful with my eyes know, it’s kinda crazy haha.

  10. Do you guys have that 1.50 store called Daiso Japan!? You can get those pointy, precision tips for super cheap there!

  11. Hihi,

    Glad to know your eyes have recovered enough for you to want to dabble in eye makeup! :)

    I’ve seen those q-tips in Daiso.. They come in pretty boxes for easy keeping too.

    As for eye make up, I’ve heard that Clarin’s has some good stuff going on. I saw someone mention K-palette and I think it’s worth checking that out. They have seriously fantastic eyeliners that don’t go anywhere once they set. You’d need a good remover though, otherwise they are not easy to take off. I usually soak my cotton pad with the remover and hold them there a few seconds before swiping off.

    If you’re going to use make up brushes, clean them very regularly to get rid of any bacteria too. I swab my pencil liners using alcohol every week too, after learning my eyes are sensitive.

    Good luck!

    • Thanks Yvonne – I’ll have to check out this amazing KPalette eyeliners! I’ve heard about the brand a lot but never tried it.

      • Hiya! I just read about VMV Hypoallergenics; they have a store at ION, B3. You may want to check that out! Their make up is dye-free!

  12. I don’t have any real recommendations but I know I just bought CoverGirl’s 24 Hour Lash Blast Mascara and I’m having a terrible time with flakes getting into my eyes and irritating my eyes and contacts. Ive had to take my contacts out half way through the day yesterday and today! Never again!

    • Eeks, I was reading an article on mascara and their ingredients and apparently CoverGirl and Maybelline (and a lot of the drugstore brands) have dyes that are known to be irritating and they still add them in!

  13. Almay is great for people with sensitive eyes! Also, I have never, ever had a problem with Urban Decay, Benefit, or Tarte eye products. I can’t (and won’t anyway, since they test on animals) use Cover Girl, Maybelline, etc. because they make my eyes water and burn. Not pleasant. I caught onto that really quickly back when I first started trying to wear makeup.

    • Thanks Mollie :D I’ve heard Almay is amazing too but we don’t have them here :/ I’ll have to find them online!

      Ugh, yeah. Just mentioned above how I was reading an article about mascara and how to read their ingredient list, apparently most of the drugstore brands (Maybelline being #1) has all sorts of dyes and ingredients that are known irritants, etc, but they continue to use it ’cause it’s cheaper to produce, etc. Makes you really wonder what goes on in cosmetics :/

    • Benefit tests on animals. They must have changed their policy since you last checked. Stila just changed theirs a few months ago for example. Always check and re-check. :(

  14. Renee i need your help! it’s nearly summer in nz and i need a good daily facial sunscreen that doesnt cost the earth. any suggestions? xxxxx

    • Sorry I only have one to recommend – Clarins UV Plus HP sunscreen. But that does cost the earth, it’s like SGD$60. :/ But it really lasts and it’s AMAZING.

  15. I use Silk Naturals– so far, no irritation. My problem is not really in my eyes but on my eyelids. I get contact dermatitis when I’m exposed to certain ingredients which, unfortunately, I still don’t know exactly which ones.

  16. Hi,I also have the same problem,been experiencing for quite sometime now,recently I bought clinique mascara,and its hypo allergic,but seems it doesn’t work,I can’t use the eyeliner not to mention eyeshadows.The moment I start applying them after a while my eyes start to burn a lot,they become red and start to have tears and I would want to remove it once ,because I can’t stand the feeling…well I did realize I do have sensitive eyes,my pupil doesn’t dilute the amount of eyes coming into my eyes,I have been through many eye specialists,they keep on telling me about the allergies,some say its the weather coz its a bit hot here in south africa especially during summer,and also dry.So now I dnt know what to do,I bought all this expensive make-up but I can’t use them,please I need some advice

  17. Hi,

    I’ve really dry sensitive eyes as well and my eye doc suggested I use eye drops daily. They do make a huge difference! I’d suggest avoiding milani eyeliners, they irritated my eyes badly!! For me I find that products made in Korea/China irritate my skin so I avoid them. Do note that loreal and maybelline in SG are made in china! :(

    Josie maran’s line (available at sephora sg) is good but her mascara flakes like crazy. Side note: love her sunscreen (MUST TRY if you have normal – dry skin).

    Perhaps try the bareminerals eyeliners and mascara. They’re supposedly more natural then other brands. However if you’re allergic to bismirth oxychloride, AVOID!!

  18. I have the same problem with sensitive eyes too, and Physicians formula isn’t available in my country either.
    You can get it really cheap of eBay (both .com.au and .com), way cheaper than you can get any other brands even including the postage for me. I’ve used the mascaras and theyre great, the eyeshadows are pigmented and dont irritate, and the face powders and lip glosses are also good.

    Hope that helps :)

  19. HELP!!! I need suggestions on an liquid eyeliner that will not burn my eyes
    Thanks

  20. I have very sensitive eyes…I tried a lot of stuff but nothing really worked … I have just started using physician’s formula and it totally works for me….:)

  21. La roche posay (amazing mascara) and eye care comsetics (its from contapharm.com)
    I hate to have sensitive eyes :( i tried an eyeliner from clinique and it burned all day.

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