Skincare and make-up for sensitive eyes

I have the most outrageously sensitive eyes. At the faintest whiff of stress, harsh products, or god forbid, heavy eye make-up, they get weepy, and the skin around them breaks out in eczema patches. I have recurrent styes in my right eye too, which is particularly annoying as it means I can’t buy expensive mascaras or eyeliners since I have to chuck it out every time I have one! I have a skincare and make-up routine in place now that has kept my eyes in check for a long time now, so I thought I’d share!

Skincare

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Cleansing and eye make-up removal can be a big problem for many people with sensitive skin, but the solution for me was a lucky find – Klorane’s Gentle Eye Make-up Remover. Despite having fragrance and colour, this eye make-up remover is the most soothing product I’ve ever used. Even when I have eczema flare-ups (yes I still use make-up, leave me alone), it doesn’t sting. I use a normal eye cream most of the time, but when my eyes are bad, at night I apply XeraCalm from Avene*. This stuff is super thick, and unbelievably soothing. I love doing a little ‘eye mask’ with it in the evenings, and it’s great for my extremely dry, often itchy hands too. I can’t use it during the day though, as it’s so thick, so in the mornings I apply aloe vera gel.

Make-up

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It took a loooong time for me to come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t wear mascara  – and even longer to get my every day make-up to a point that I was actually happy with the way I looked without it. I’m more than happy with this look though – I love it! It’s pretty basic, but I’ll explain anyway. I start with Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation all over my face, and then dot their Radiant Creamy Concealer on blemishes, and on the inner corners of my eye area. After that, I brush a thin layer of Clinique Almost Powder all over my face, followed by Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush on the apples of my cheeks. I fill in my brows with Benefit Brow-Zings, and then finally, on the outer corners of my eyes and over a bit of the lid, I pat on some BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. The Brow-Zings and brightener are kind of like a replacement for mascara – they give my eyes a wide awake, noticeable look, equivalent to that of mascara. Here’s the finished look:

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I usually throw on a bit of Lipstick Queen Frog Prince too, which balances my face out nicely. Amazingly, none of these products affect my eyes – I assume because they aren’t absorbed, instead they form a protective layer which is actually probably quite good for my skin!

Do you suffer from sensitive skin or eczema? How do you cope? I hope you found my skincare routine helpful!

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14 thoughts on “Skincare and make-up for sensitive eyes

  1. I don’t have as sensitive skin as how yours seems to be but I do have Psoriasis on my eyelids that can get really sore & red if I don’t use enough moisturizer. It can be difficult to hide as any powder products drys it out faster. Will have a look out for the Avene XeraCalm as that sounds great.

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  2. I have the same problem! I just had to throw out some Pixi makeup wipes because they were irritating around my eyes, I think I’ll have to try that Klorane stuff! Thanks for the suggestion! xo Jenn | apaperrose.com

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  3. You look beautiful! Have you tried much Korean skincare? I’m a bit of a fiend because it’s so good for sensitive skin and is light years ahead of Western skincare xx

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  4. I was going to say it sucks that you can’t wear mascara but I think you look absolutely beautiful, your complexion and colouring is just gorgeous that mascara might draw away from your natural beauty. I love the lipstick colour and blusher your wearing too! x

    Sally – DiagonSally

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