The 7 Best Makeup Products for Sensitive Skin in 2019

Dealing with skin that’s dry, red, itchy, or inflamed? Try these.

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Whether you suffer from dryness, redness, itchiness, flaking, inflammation, or all of the above, having an easily irritated complexion can make finding the right products to incorporate into your beauty routine a challenge. Because it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of sensitive skin, coming up with an exact solution can be tricky, too. Skincare is often the focus, and yes, looking for creams, moisturizers, and serums that help protect your skin barrier (the outermost layer of your skin responsible for keeping moisture in and irritants out), absolutely makes a difference. But contrary to popular belief, the buck doesn’t stop with your skincare stash. The type of makeup you’re using matters, too. Ahead, the top makeup products for sensitive skin.

VMV Hypoallergenics Skin Bloom Blush
Courtesy of Dermstore

Originally offering just skincare, this brand in general is a top-notch pick for anyone with sensitive skin. Not only is everything in the brand line hypoallergenic, but it also undergoes a rigorous process to ensure everything has been tested for 76 of the most common allergens. That’s why we were so excited when they added makeup to their line-up, including this powder blush. Free of fragrances, dyes, parabens, and preservatives (all no-nos for sensitive skin), it goes one step further, thanks to the addition of nourishing and protective green tea, virgin coconut oil, and rice phytic acid. Bonus points for the universally-flattering bright pink hue. More »

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup & Gradual Self-Tan
Courtesy of Walmart

It can be admittedly tricky to find a wallet-friendly option for any kind of complexion perfector, much less one that’s not going to irritate sensitive skin. Enter this hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, fragrance-free option. Not only does it deliver medium coverage​, it also has a built-in self-tanner to gradually give your skin a healthy glow over the course of three days. Also nice: It contains all-important SPF, too, derived from non-irritating mineral blockers zinc and titanium dioxide. More »

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
Courtesy of Sephora

The number one best-selling prestige tinted moisturizer in the US, this boosts hydration by over 200 percent. Still, because it does so using plant-based squalene (an ingredient very similar to the natural oils in our skin), and has a gel-like texture, it won’t ever feel greasy or heavy, ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.

It also contains a mineral-based sunscreen (ideal whether you’re sensitive or want to avoid breakouts or both) and is non-comedogenic so you don’t have to worry about it clogging pores. And because it’s tinted, it’s also perfect for covering up any redness, whether it’s from blemishes or skin sensitivity. More »

Alima Pure Balancing Primer Powder
Courtesy of Alima

There’s a long list of what this formula doesn’t contain, namely: nuts, gluten, fragrance, silicone, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, ​dimethicone, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. In fact, it’s so natural that it contains only four ingredients, the first and most important of which being kaolin to absorb oil and help keep your makeup in place all day long.  More »

Colorescience Natural Finish Pressed Powder SPF 20
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Mineral makeup is often recommended for those dealing with sensitive skin; minerals tend to be fairly innocuous ingredients that are much less likely to cause any kind of allergic reaction than many of the other ingredients found in traditional makeup. This pressed powder is ​in fact mineral-based, but also earns extra points for containing hydrating natural oils to keep the finish from looking chalky. Free of talc, synthetic dyes, and drying alcohol, it also delivers SPF 20, and looks equally natural whether you apply it with a brush or sponge.  More »

Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation Drops
Courtesy of Ulta

Okay, let’s face it, if you have sensitive skin, you’re going to want to cover up unsightly redness at some point. Enter these customizable drops. On the skincare side, they’re dermatologist-, sensitive skin-, and allergy-tested, as well as non-comedogenic and vegan.

On the makeup side, they contain 33 percent concentrated pigments that you can easily mix into any moisturizer, serum, or sunscreen you’re already using (lowering the likelihood of any kind of reaction, since the fewer products you use, the less likely you are to react to something). Add one drop for sheer coverage, or up to four for maximum coverage. And with 20 different shades available, there’s an option for any and every skin tone.  More »

Clinique High Impact Mascara
Courtesy of Sephora

In talking about sensitive skin makeup, you can’t forget about mascara. After all, sensitivity around the eyes is super common, and it can be tricky to find eye products that don’t exacerbate this irritation. Just like many of Clinique’s skincare products are meant for sensitive skin sufferers, so is this mascara. It’s ophthalmologist- and allergy-tested, and safe and non-irritating for anyone with sensitive eyes and even contact lens wearers; it’s also free of mineral oil and fragrance. Plus, the formula pumps up both length and volume, while also defining each and every lash.  More »

Our Process

Our writers spent 10 hours researching the most popular natural makeup on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 45 different products overall, screened options from 35 different brands and manufacturers, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 10 of the products themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.