Eyeliner and mascara = irritated eyes. Help!

Whenever I wear eyeliner or mascara my eyes dry out, itch, turn red and glassy. Can anyone recommend an eyeliner and mascara that won't do any of these things to my eyes?

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Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream Eyeliner is made not to irritate sensitive eyes and it comes is a lot of gorgeous colors which you can find at:​&categoryId=B70

Also, Make Up For Ever's Kohl Pencil is specifically designed for the sensitive and thin skin surrounding and inside the eye and is particularly gentle.  You can take a look at it here:​categoryId=B70

Another option is Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Shadow Liner which is a smudge-proof and water-resistant powder eyeliner that is long lasting and is good for sensitive eyes.  You can find it at:​categoryId=B70

Lastly is the Buxom Insider Eyeliner which comes in lots of colors, is long-wearing, and is so gentle you can apply it to the inner rims of your eyes.  You can find this pencil at:​&categoryId=B70

Now for gentle mascaras...Blinc Kiss Me Mascara has been clinically tested to be non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people in search of a mascara whose look, hold, and ease of removal is without compromise.  It's a really fabulous mascara that you can read all about here:;jsessionid=O3FGKS51AWZGYCV0KSIBPIQ?id=P46017&categoryId=...

I hope this helps you.  :smileyhappy:

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That sounds like an allergic reaction to the eyeliner or mascara, or possibly both.  I have the same issue usually, most recently with Dior's mascara.  I would try Clinique's mascara or eyeliner and see if your eyes react to that.  I've had no reactions to their makeup.

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Yes! I have this problem, too. Simple Beauty Minerals has a whole line of products that I LOVE because they don't irritate my eyes AT ALL (even the moisturizer.) They have a nice mascara that I've used very successfully - it doesn't clump and stays on well even though it's not waterproof. They also just started offering a new one that I haven't tried yet but looks promising. Their mascara page is here:


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Have you tried Clinique, Almay or Physician's Formula products?

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Ouch! That sounds awful.  A lot of eyeliners have very similar/same ingredients, so I recommend using eyeshadow to line your eyes.  Try wet or dry using a small angled eye brush.  As far as mascara: Try the NARS Lengthening or Volumizing mascara, but not if you are allergic to nuts :smileywink:

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I use Clinique's Lash Doubling Mascara with Clinique's Lash Building Primer. When it is on, it doesn't irritate my eyes. But my lashes do feel a bit dry while it is on. I would also recommend Clinique's Cream Sharper For Eyes eyeliner. Clinique is really good if you are concerned about something irritating you skin since almost all of their products (except for the Dramatically DIfferent Moisturizing Lotion and one of their moisturizing foundations) are oil free and all of their products are non-comedogenic. 

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