I love some really intense eye make-up looks, but unfortunately they don't always agree with my eyes. I'm slowly learning what does and does not irritate my sensitive eyes, so I thought I would share some of that knowledge with you today. I am in no way a qualified professional, so if you have major issues with your eyes being sensitive I recommend seeking out a dermatologist or something. This is purely based on experiences that I have had with using specific cosmetics and techniques on my eyes.
What Causes Sensitive Eyes?
- Hair: If you have hair whipping around your face or a long fringe that gets in your eyes all the time.
- Greasy Eyelids: Natural oils from your eyelids can get in your eyes and make them sting.
- Too Much Make-up: Can cause fall-out and loose powders can end up in your eye.
- Long Eyelashes: they can stick together or stick into your eye.
- Wearing Dusty Sunglasses or Glasses: If you have long eyelashes
- Touching eyes with unclean hands.
- Specific Types of Make-up
- Wearing Make-up on Specific parts of the Eye
- Allergies or Hay Fever
- Lack of Sleep
- Bacterial Infection
- Skin Conditions such as Eczema
- Sun Exposure
What I Would Avoid:
- Wearing Eyeliner on the Lower Lash Line/Waterline: I find that my skin is more sensitive in this area especially if I haven't had much sleep. I also try to avoid putting eye shadow in this area.
- Wearing a Highlight Shade on the Inner Corners: I love this look and while I agree that it makes your eyes look more awake and open I tend to find that I rub the inner corners or my eyes too much and the colour comes off (or worse; it ends up in my eye).
- Wearing an Eyeliner/Mascara that Tends to go Flaky: There is nothing worse than getting black flaky stuff in your eyes.
- Loose and Fine Powders/Glitters: It's so easy to get these in your eye by mistake and on one occasion using the ELF under-eye setting powder resulted in one sore and nasty bump under one eye.
- Eye Products that Are Past their Used-By-Date: Another incident with an old mascara and it was not pretty. I think mascaras are supposed to be ditched after 4 months. If I ditched mascara every 4 months I would probably give up on buying it, because there is no way I would use it all by that time.
- Chunky Glitters: These can be harsh on people with sensitive skin around their eyes.
- Cream Eye shadows: With a primer and a powder to set, these can be pretty long lasting, but I do not recommend wearing cream eye shadows alone if you have greasy eyelids.
- Putting Makeup on Already Irritated/Tired Eyes: Just makes a bad situation worse.
- Putting too much concealer underneath the eyes.
- Wearing bad quality eye shadows: Be sure that they are tested and made from ingredients that won't harm your skin.
- Wearing products that have caused irritation previously.
What I Would Suggest:
- Washing your eyes before applying make-up.
- Getting lots of sleep.
- Keeping some blotting papers handy if you have trouble with greasy eyelids and hope to wear makeup all day.
- Wearing a mattifying eye primer if you have greasy eyelids and dusting a face powder over the top.
- Going for a simple eye make-up look if you have irritated eyes and enhancing other facial features (lips, brows, cheekbones)
- Using a clear mascara if you have long lashes: When you are doing a strong eye make-up look you can end up with powder all over your lashes. To make lashes visible you can "clean" them by putting on clear mascara.
- You can use an eyelash curler to try and keep long eyelashes from touching glasses or sticking into the eye. Set in place with a clear mascara.
- If you really want to wear a coloured mascara or a black or brown mascara you can prevent flaky or clumpy lashes by putting a coat of clear over the top or by running it through lashes while clear mascara is still wet.
- Using the sponge tip eye shadow applicators to apply eye shadow.
- Putting minimal product on the brush prevents fall out.
- Test some make-up products on a patch of skin on your arm to check for reactions: I know that the eye area is more sensitive and tends to be more susceptible to a reaction, but this preventative measure will stop some unpleasant experiences.
- Remove make-up properly before sleep.
- Look into getting some sort of hay-fever or allergy medication if you have those allergies. I use a nasal-spray for my hay-fever and it definitely makes a difference.
- Try not to rub product into the eye when eyes are itchy.
- Try to make sure hands are clean before touching your eye area.
- Keep glasses clean with cleansing wipes or cloth.
- Strong Brows: Dark and flawless brows, bold shape or a gradient colour effect.
- Strong Lips: Ombre, pastel, gothic, matte, bright, glitter or an ultra glossy nude lip.
- Strong Cheekbones: Contour, Highlight, Pastel Blusher, Face Glitter and/or Bronzer.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful :)
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