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Best Hypoallergenic Eyeliner for Sensitive Eyes 2019

If you’re a lover of makeup and beauty products like me, you probably adore eyeliner. Whether you’re an avid beauty blogger follower, makeup fanatic or prefer minimal makeup looks, the chances are you pretty much always finish your eye look off with eyeliner. From small flicks to the cat eye and more, eyeliner is, and always will be amazing.

As you can tell, I am a huge lover of eyeliner, so a few years ago when I started to react badly to my favorite eyeliner of all time, I was left feeling devastated! I kept wondering if I would ever find an eyeliner that glided across my eye as wonderfully as the well known and loved brand I’d been using for years. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to be told about hypoallergenic makeup. Even better, I found out about makeup created for even the most sensitive of eyes (like mine had suddenly become).

I’ve tried what feels like thousands of products over the last few years; I’ve reviewed a few below so that you don’t have to go out and buy dozens like I did.

Product Name



Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner


MCC ECOCERT Organic Green Tea Volumizing Mascara & Eyeliner Waterproof Set


Almay Eye Liner With Built In Sharpener


Helan Natural Mineral Oil Free, Paraben Free, Vegan & Nickel Tested Liquid Eyeliner


KROMA Eye Liner


1. Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner


Neutrogena’s Nourishing smudge proof eyeliner has to go at the top of the list for me. It is absolutely incredible and I still use this eyeliner the majority of the time.

Usually, when purchasing a new product, my eyes react within the first few days, but with the smudge proof Neutrogena Nourishing Eyeliner, my eyes didn’t get red and puffy at all. After the first two weeks were over, I knew that this would forever be one of my favorite products. I was right and have repurchased this a fair few times!

What’s So Good About Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eyeliner?

Overall Rating

Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eyeliner easily gets a 10/10 for their affordable eyeliner that is easy to apply, looks great, and most importantly, doesn’t irritate the skin.

2. MCC ECOCERT Organic Green Tea Volumizing Mascara & Eyeliner Waterproof Set


​The MCC Ecocert eyeliner and mascara set is perfect for those of us

with sensitive eyes who do not want to shop around for hours on end searching for products that work well together.


Overall Rating

I’d give this set a 6/10. There was nothing wrong with the products included in the set, I just feel that some of the others I have reviewed today are slightly better.

3. Almay Eye Liner With Built-In Sharpener


Like the Neutrogena eyeliner, the Almay pencil comes with its own sharpener, making it an incredible

product for those of us who are always on the go, or constantly lose our eye pencil sharpeners (seriously, the amount I have bought over the years is astonishing!) Saying this, the Almay Eyeliner lasts for ages, so the chances are that you’ll not have to top it up as the day goes on! Perfect!

The Best Bits of the Almay Eyeliner:

Overall Rating

I’d give the Almay Eyeliner 8/10. It would have scored more but I think that the product wasn’t as smooth enough as I’d have liked, meaning I was tempted to pull at my eyelid - a big no-no in my eyes!

4. Helan Natural Mineral Oil Free, Paraben Free, Vegan, & Nickel Tested Eyeliner


If you’re looking for a liquid eyeliner instead of a pencil one, this Helan eyeliner is perfect!

If you’re new to applying liquid eyeliner, you may get frustrated. Trust me, once you’ve become used to applying liquid eyeliner, you’ll fall in love with this product like I did.

What Is Fabulous About the Helan Natural Eyeliner?

Overall Rating

For me personally, I would give this product a huge thumbs up, even 10/10. However, because many people prefer to stick to pencil eyeliners, a 7/10 may be a fairer evaluation. It definitely scores points for its manufacturing and ingredients!


5. KROMA Eye Liner


I love this product because of its color range. Sometimes, we don’t want to stick to blacks and browns, do we?

If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic eyeliner pencil in more vibrant and daring colors, have a look at the Kroma range. You will not be left feeling disappointed!

What I Love About the Kroma Eyeliner Pencil

Overall Rating

This pencil is a little more expensive than the others in the review, yet it is so worth it. If you’re worried about money, I’d still recommend this product, just only wear it from time to time and have one of the cheaper hypoallergenic eyeliners as your day-to-day today eyeliner. The Kroma Eyeliner gets a 9/10.

What is hypoallergenic makeup?

Unfortunately, there are many chemicals in regular makeup that can have the worst reactions to all types of skin, especially the more sensitive of skin. Many people (like myself) can go for years using this makeup, then suddenly your skin decides it doesn’t like it anymore. Many makeup and beauty brands have become aware of this issue and have developed products that are created without a lot of these harsh elements and are specifically designed for sensitive skin and are extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. This is especially important when using makeup around the eye area.

Types of Eyeliner

There are many types of eyeliners available these days, the top three are as follows:

Gel Eyeliner

Gel eyeliners can glide on like a dream, however, finding one that doesn’t dry out after the first few uses can be difficult, which is why many people tend to have a disliking for them. Don’t let this put you off! Gel eyeliners can be great and often create darker lines than pencil eyeliners.

Pencil Eyeliners

Pencil eyeliners are a classic go to. Always keep your pencil sharp and find a great product. You’ll be drawing on the perfect line in no time.

Liquid Eyeliners

Many people find liquid eyeliners to be messy. Although I agree to a point, I find that once the art of applying them is perfected, they can create the best eyeliner looks. If you have hooded eyelids, make sure you allow enough drying time before opening your eye and you’ll be onto a winner!

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Why Do Some of Us Suffer When Wearing Makeup?

It’s unfortunate that many of us will go through the torment of not being able to wear makeup without having some kind of reaction. The question we are all wondering, however, is why does this happen? Why is there a need for hypoallergenic makeup and eyeliners? I know I wonder this when I see my friends purchasing the latest makeup they’ve seen their favorite makeup gurus use on social media, leaving me feeling a little annoyed that I can’t jump on the bandwagon too!

A study done in 2010 showed that at least one-third of people surveyed had had an allergic reaction to makeup at some point in their life. That is a huge amount of people, so you’re not on your own. Allergic reactions to makeup are just part of life and no different to having a food allergy or any other common allergy. So, that’s why your eyes are going red and itchy, don’t worry about it.

How to Check if You're Allergic to Eyeliner

There are a few ways to tell if you are allergic to eyeliner and/or other makeup products. Reactions can be sudden, gradual, sometimes they can be from a few products and/or but sometimes they can be from certain ingredients (meaning you should stop using a wide range of brands).

The above can make it hard to know if you are actually allergic or not, especially in the changing seasons and weather (how are you meant to know if you’re suffering from hay fever or not). Below I have given some tips on the most common signs to look out for (the ones that are probably your body’s way of telling you to stop using a product).


Your eyes react similarly to other parts of your body, if something doesn’t sit well, you’ll go red. As I said above, it’s sometimes difficult to know if the cause is your eyeliner right away. Take a break from it and if the problem stops, you should change your eyeliner.

Itchy Eyes

Having itchy eyes is tricky because quite often, the weather and seasons can be the cause of the problem. If you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as hay fever), the best thing to do would be to stop wearing eyeliner for a few days and see if the problem persists. If your eyes are still itchy without wearing any eyeliner or other eye makeup, it’s probably your seasonal allergies. Of course, if your eyes stop itching and causing you discomfort, the problem most likely lies in the eyeliner you were wearing. Switch to one of the hypoallergenic products mentioned above instead.

Watery Eyes

Eyes may water when something is stuck, you’re tired, and more. However, constant eye watering is uncommon and can be one way your eyes are telling you to stop using those harsh products.

Swelling and Puffiness

If your eyes puff up, you need to back away from the eyeliner you’re using. Wait until any puffiness has gone down fully before switching to another product.


Your eyes feeling like they are burning is a huge indicator that you’re allergic to the product you’re using. The burning sensation sometimes instantly occurs when applying your eyeliner (in which case, take it off immediately) but sometimes can be hours after taking the product off. If any products make you feel like your eyes are burning, switch to another product that is hypoallergenic! (Be sure to give your eyes time to recover between products).

Your eyes are very sensitive, so the chances are that if you are allergic, you’ll get a few (sometimes only one, sometimes all) of the above reactions at the same time. When you’re suffering from red, puffy, burning AND itchy eyes, all at the same time, it is very tempting to keep rubbing and touching the eye area and face. It is difficult to resist the urge to do this but try your hardest to not rub the eye area, you’ll only irritate it more if you do.

What Should You Do if You Have a Reaction?

While it may be annoying to have to go bare-faced for a few days if you’ve had an allergic reaction, it is crucial. Plus, it gives your entire face a breather and a chance to recover properly.

You should do the following if you suspect your eyes are reacting badly to the eyeliner you’ve used:

  • Use a gentle face cleanser to wash off all the products on your face - don’t leave any product behind as it is much better to allow your entire face to be bare.
  • Dry your face and do not apply any products for as long as possible (at least 24 hours but longer if you can).

After your face has had a chance to recover, you may want to try using the product that may have caused the reaction. Trying the product again is fine but if a reaction happens again, it is safe to say that that is the cause and they only place the product is fit for is the trash! Do NOT be tempted to use it anyway and do not give the product to a friend or relative, no matter how close you are. Eye infections are easily spread and sharing eyeliner products is never a good idea.

It may be easy to keep pushing through the discomfort, however, in the long run, you could be causing yourself some real damage. Never ignore a reaction and always get rid of eyeliners that are creating issues for you. Your eye health is not worth risking!

What Ingredients to Look for When Shopping for a Hypoallergenic Eyeliner

With so many products on the market and so many ingredients in them all, you may be wondering which eyeliners are the best. Which products do as they say and which should you avoid? Below are what you should be looking for and what to avoid at all costs:


Say yes to as many natural ingredients in your hypoallergenic makeup as possible. Natural oils and butters and natural colorings. If it is possible, try to stick to organic products.


If you suffer from allergic reactions to makeup, check to make sure these ingredients are NOT present in your hypoallergenic eyeliner. This list includes (but is not by any means limited to) the following:

  • Parabens
  • Kohl
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • Carbon Black
  • Dyes
  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Parfum
  • Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
  • Formaldehyde
  • Aluminium powder
  • Heavy metals
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Benzalkonium chloride