Makeup For Seriously Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know—a lot of beauty products have the potential to be your worst enemy. When it comes to makeup, most dermatologists and aestheticians will point you in the direction of mineral-based formulas, as they tend to be protective and healing for the skin. However, not all mineral makeup is created equal, and for those with extremely temperamental skin, you need makeup that is squeaky clean.

When a product is referred to as "clean," it means it is totally free of artificial chemicals, preservatives, petroleums, mineral oil, talc and fragrance. Luckily, there are a popular mineral makeup brands that meet those specific criteria like Youngblood cosmetics and BareMinerals. But to be squeaky clean, you have to be on the look out for even natural ingredients that might cause irritation, redness, facial eczema or itchiness—specifically, bismuth oxychloride. This byproduct of lead and copper refining is often added to mineral makeup formulas in order to keep the makeup from sliding. And unfortunately, it lives in many popular mineral makeup brands.

It is not impossible to find mineral makeup without bismuth oxychloride. W3LL PEOPLE is a boutique mineral brand breaking on the scene that is not only clean, but squeaky clean. Their range of foundations, lip glosses, eyeshadows and pigment sticks are all triple-milled, feather light minerals combined with soothing and hydrating organic aloe vera. The small batches made in Austin, TX, are cruelty-free and environmentally friendly. Not to mention, the colors are rich and beautiful—definitely worth checking out.