The 7 Best Makeup Products for Sensitive Skin

Makeup may be magic for hiding flaws, but for sensitivity sufferers, it’s not always a slam-dunk when it comes to keeping complexions calm. These new picks provide just the right amount of color and coverage, while not exacerbating easy-to-react skin types.

Stowaway Cosmetics Radiant Complexion BB Cream

With hydrating ingredients including water-retaining red algae, hyaluronic acid and glycerin, this lightweight, easy-to-match-your-shade BB goes on smooth, works to absorb excess oil and keeps skin balanced. $22,


Bairly Sheer Spray-On Face Primer

This airbrush primer is effortless. Just spritz, blend and set the perfect canvas for makeup. The water-based formula is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and olive extract, yet doesn’t contain fragrances, oil, parabens or alcohol. $13,


RMS Beauty Lip Shine

Sensitive, dry lips need love too, and this coconut oil–powered one heaps it on through a healthy mix of nourishing organic oils and mineral-rich pigments. You can even use it on your cheeks for the slightest pop of color. $25,


Modern Minerals Foundation

Formulated with only natural minerals and free from fillers, parabens and everything else that can do a number on sensitive skin types, this buildable matte foundation makes skin (even really red and ruddy complexions) look flawless. $18,


Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Cream

This velvety, no-makeup-required moisturizer is like Photoshop in a jar. It adds the most perfect hint of luminosity to your complexion while covering everything, yet looks natural and feels weightless. $180,



Featuring natural gemstones and pure minerals, this soft, non-glittery highlighter makes everything looks subtly better and more sun-kissed, while still allowing your skin to breathe. $29,


Jay Manuel Skin Perfector Foundation

This mega-multitasker hydrates, primes, smooths and evens out skin tone in just one step. It also does a number on oily skin types, yet does so gently, as to not strip the skin of its protective sebum. $38,

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  • Tara
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    Wonderful list. Bit expensive. I have very sensitive eyes and skin. I have to test foundations and hope I won't break into hives. Being a NC15 in MAC makes finding a foundation that much harder. I try to stick to the list of animal friendly, chemical absent and mostly gluten free or vegan brands. My eyes are so sensitive that they swell, feel like they have rocks on my eyeballs and the skin burns and feels raw. Sometimes it takes 24 hours to get clear of the reaction. My lids swell so bad they look like they are gonna burst, you can see through the skin. I discovered tarte light camera lashes sample tubes work, benefits Roller Lash (my lashes don't curl) and their they're real mascara work great. Eyeliner is wetnwild,benefit, elf so far. What I discovered was a brand called So Susan. I recieved a couple products in a subscription bag over a year and half ago. It changed everything. I started getting their monthly sub and they are so clean it's mind blowing. Their mascaras don't aggravate, I prefer their fairy lashes curling mascara. I believe it's under their subsidiary brand jelly Pong pong. Works better than roller lash. I've used highlighters galore in every form, lip products, blush products, bronzers, brows and all in powder, liquid,gel,cream, and God knows what else. It was a great sub. They have these great baked eyeshadow palettes. My husband aND I both hit a bad health scare (him, currently on way for another test) and new illness laying me up in bed. Also getting tests run. Had to cancel the subscription and go on a spending hold. Which sucks. But, my point is,check out So Susan Cosmetics. They have great products and keep only a small amount up for sale on the site, some are being formulated. But there is actually a wealth of choices because their subsidiary brands also carry their own lines. Each one seems to have a theme. There is the aforementioned Jelly Pong Pong, The Beauty Crop, and I think the other is called Treat. Definitely worth it.

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