Everything You Should Know About Hypoallergenic Makeup

There's nothing worse than applying a full face of makeup, only to end up with itchy skin. Approximately 10 percent of people experience skin sensitivity issues when using cosmetics.

If you're among them, you might wonder if you should stop wearing makeup altogether. The good news is that there is another solution. Have you ever tried hypoallergenic makeup?

We offer a range of mineral-based makeup products, that are also hypoallergenic and provide an excellent option for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin types. Our product are formulated with the highest grade custom-refined minerals, so they don't clog pores and reduce the risk of irritation.

What is Hypoallergenic Makeup?


Hypoallergenic is a term that isn't regulated by the FDA but usually refers to makeup that is free of common allergens. That includes fragrances, dyes, and parabens. 

It's designed to be less likely to produce reactions for people who have sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic eye makeup and hypoallergenic foundation are two common products to start with when making the switch to using hypoallergenic makeup. 

Many non-hypoallergenic foundations and eye makeup products contain artificial fragrances, which can lead to itching, redness and flaking. By choosing hypoallergenic products instead, this risk is dramatically reduced.

Look for the term "hypoallergenic" on the packaging to be sure you've found something that might work for you. 

Read the Ingredients List

One of the best ways to determine if you are choosing cosmetics that won't irritate your skin is to read the ingredients. In general, the fewer the ingredients, the less risk of a reaction. 

Keep in mind that what might be irritating for one person could be fine for another person. You'll need to track which products you use and which ingredients might be bothersome.

Essential oils can often lead to sensitivity, so if you have weakened skin barrier, you should avoid them. Alpha hydroxy acids and retinol are potent ingredients that can also cause irritation, so always perform a patch test and introduce them to your routine gradually.

In addition to parabens, there are other preservatives commonly used in makeup that you should avoid. That includes benzyl alcohol, formaldehyde, diazolidinyl urea, propylparaben, and butylparaben.

Chemical sunscreen filters are common offenders when it comes to sensitivity, so instead opt for mineral sunscreen products.

Choosing Hypoallergenic Makeup

Makeup experts recommend choosing eye palettes that come in earth tones, because they contain fewer dyes and are less likely to cause reactions. Chamomile, liquorice, and alpha-bisabolol are generally considered gentle and safe for most users. 

Making Hypoallergenic Makeup Work for You

Knowing how to incorporate hypoallergenic products into your routine allows you to get the look you want without worrying about sensitivity. 

Always perform a patch test before introducing a new product to your routine.  Keep track of ingredients and formulations to help you recognise your triggers and avoid them.

Make sure to clean your makeup brushes and applicators regularly as oils and makeup residue can also be sources of irritation and breakouts.

Allergies vs. Sensitivity

Having a skin reaction to a certain makeup product doesn't mean you are allergic to all the active ingredients in it.

Signs you have sensitivity include redness, burning, stinging, flaking, dryness, or general irritation. A true cosmetic allergy is less common and its symptoms can include swelling, hives, wheezing, and anaphylaxis.

If you experience any of these side effects after applying a cosmetic product, discontinue use immediately and seek medical care. 

Colorescience Hypoallergenic Makeup

Now that you know what hypoallergenic makeup is and what it can do for you, you may be ready to give some products a try. Our range of nutrient-rich skin enhancers is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. From lip glosses to foundations and bronzers, are products are formulated with 100% non-nano minerals and enhanced with herbal extracts to hydrate, nourish and protect your skin.