Many people are having to constantly return makeup because they had an allergic reaction to the product or their skin breaks out because it’s too sensitive. Thankfully more cosmetics are coming out with lines for people with sensitive skin or allergies. They might cost you a little bit more, but your skin will thank you later.
There is some good news. Stores like Ulta, Sephora and Department stores in Chicago have great return policies. Always keep in mind that if something doesn't work out you can always return the product.
Use powders. Powder foundations and blushes don’t have a lot of ingredients that other makeup products do, which is what’s causing your skin to get irritated. Even though the powders are better for you, don’t use a lot of them. It’s better to blend in the blush as opposed to just brushing them on.
Get rid of any old cosmetics. Most of the time, sensitive skin and allergy issues have developed in the last few years. Even though you were able to wear something two to three years ago, doesn’t always mean you can wear it now. Like food, beauty products can become spoiled. This is important to remember, because you’re applying makeup to your eyes.
Your cosmetic has a lifespan: foundations last about a year; lipstick lasts one year as well; toss out your mascara after four months and your powders and blushes can last up to two years.
Keep your brushes nice and clean. One mistake many people make is cleaning their brushes. It's important to make sure the brushes get cleaned on a regular basis otherwise there will be a build up of dirt and germs, which will cause your skin to get irritated.
Find earth-tone eye shadows. Use eye shadows that are earth-toned. Colors like cream, beige or tan cause less eye irritation. More natural colors will look great on anyone no matter what your skin tone is. Black eye liner and mascara products are the least allergenic of all the other colors.
Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Many dermatologists informed me that I should use products that have an SPF of 15 or higher. Check the amount of ingredients, while it’s impossible to be allergic to sunscreen since the purpose of it is to deflect the rays as opposed to absorbing them, the fewer the ingredients the less likely the sunscreen will give you problems. A lot of make up brands are now making foundations that have an SPF of 15 or higher. Remember to check the labels before purchasing to make sure it has an SPF on them.