Makeup for all skin types

Kirsty Dowdall


When you have sensitive skin, it can be a nightmare finding makeup that won’t result in dreaded contact dermatitis, aka an allergic reaction.

The never-ending cycle of having a reaction to new makeup products and then covering up with more makeup can be tiresome, leave you feeling like makeup just isn’t made for you and feeling like brands just don’t consider your skin type.

If you’re looking to perfect your base makeup look no further than The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation. This foundation is a godsend for any skin problems, it blends wonderfully, doesn’t clog pores or feel heavy on your face. I suffer from eczema and its gentle formula doesn’t irritate any dry patches on my face. You can get the Fresh Nude in any of The Body Shop stores or on their website for €25.50.

Before my foundation, I swear by using The Ordinary High Adherence Silicon Primer. The primer is non-greasy, hydrating and smooths the skin while making the products on top last for hours. It primer doesn’t irritate any eczema I have on my face but it does help my foundation glide effortlessly over those dry patches. It’s also very affordable and will set you back less than a fiver.

For people who love to bronze and highlight their face, the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and the TheBalm Mary-Lou Maniser highlight are the best of the best. The Butter Bronzer has a gorgeous coconut scent which has never irritated my skin and it blends beautifully without being too overpowering. Physicians Formula is available online and the bronzer ranges from €13-€16.

The Mary-Lou Maniser highlight gives a gorgeous subtle highlight when applied sparingly but builds up to an absolutely blinding glow that you could see from space. It has no fragrance and has always been gentle, even when my skin was very irritated. This highlight retails for €20 in most places.

As far as eye products go, I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve never reacted negatively to eyeshadows. However, many people with sensitive skin have sensitive eyes and have to be careful about what they put around them.

Mineral eyeshadows are typically recommended for people with sensitive eye areas but can include bismuth oxychloride which can irritate sensitive skin.

When choosing eyeshadows, watch out for bismuth oxychloride as well as perfumes that could potentially be a disaster waiting to happen.

I think the key to enjoying makeup while keeping your skin happy is to make sure you read reviews by other people with sensitive skin before you buy anything. Makeup Alley is an app you can download with reviews on nearly every product you can imagine. You can filter those reviews by skin type and tone to really narrow your search down. You can also write your own reviews to help others.

Finally, keep a close eye on the ingredients listed on the back of your makeup, that’s what they’re there for. Listen to your skin and never continue using something if it doesn’t work for you.

Kirsty Dowdall

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