For girls with sensitive skin, loving makeup almost seems impossible. It’s not hard to see why, when practically every product always threatens to welcome contact dermatitis, also known as that pesky allergic reaction!
Sure, there are products that your skin can handle, but it’s likely that you’ll wade through about 10 more that suck before you finally get to that single holy grail that’s forgiving on your face—and that’s just for one product alone. If you have sensitive skin yet you want to be able to put together an entire makeup kit, worry no more. We rounded up some of the best makeup brands for your sensitive skin, so you can serve some serious looks without the rashes.
Makeup Brands for Sensitive Skin:
1. VMV Hypoallergenics
Founded in 1979 by a dermatologist-slash-dermatopathologist, this iconic Filipino brand has become a global sensation as the touted brand for sensitive skin. It has taken out about 76 to 80 allergens out of its formulations, including fragrances, parabens and preservatives, with over 75 studies published in medical journals all over the world. It also doesn’t hurt that Hollywood celebs and beauty editors have also raved about them!
Products to try: While more known for its skincare products such as their Armada sunscreen and their ID Monolaurin Gel, their cosmetic items are also worth the try. Get your hands on the Skin the Bluff Concealer, made with virgin coconut oil that repairs skin aging and hydrates your skin, as well as their Velvet Matte Lipstick that prevents the darkening of the lips and rashes around the mouth and chin.
VMV HYPOALLERGENICS, Skin the Bluff Concealer, P940, vmvhypoallergenics.ph
VMV HYPOALLERGENICS, Velvet Matte Lipstick, P1180, vmvhypoallergenics.ph
Spending 140 years in the skincare industry is nothing to sneer at, and for Shiseido, that means turning into one of the most well-loved beauty brands around the world. Shiseido has always been about innovation, creating groundbreaking beauty products that are sustainable, staying true to its Japanese origins of loving nature and its beauty.
Products to try: Their VisionAiry Gel Lipstick promises to be a full-coverage lipstick that is weightless, comfortable, and stays put for six hours with its gel formula, while the Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation is a breathable formula that is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and contains SPF 30.
SHISEIDO, VisionAiry Gel Lipstick, $26 (approximately P1325), Greenbelt 5
SHISEIDO, Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation, $47 (approximately P2394), Greenbelt 5
3. Happy Skin
Since their launch in 2013, Happy Skin has created a loyal following of Filipina customers who loved the brand’s fuss-free and easy everyday makeup that came in all kinds of adorable packaging. As evidenced by the name, Happy Skin is set to care for your skin, even while wearing makeup: Its products are infused with ingredients that care for your skin such as hyaluronic acid, Japanese tea leaf, argan oil, and cherry blossom. No more worries about harsh chemicals!
Products to try: Try their Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie that comes in a Filipina tone-friendly shade called Honeymoon Glow, and the InstaBeauty Blur Cream, a primer that smoothens the skin and contains anti-aging properties.
HAPPY SKIN, Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in Honeymoon Glow, P649, UP Town Center
HAPPY SKIN, InstaBeauty Blur Cream, P1299, UP Town Center
Clinique has long catered to customers with hypersensitive skin, with a range of hypoallergenic products that also don’t contain fragrances, known to trigger allergic reactions.
Products to try: The Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is a gentle formula that delivers a nice color on the lips with a moisturizing sheen. The Cheek Pop is also a long-wearing cheek color that is suited to all skin types.
CLINIQUE, Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $18.50 (approximately P924), SM Megamall
CLINIQUE, Cheek Pop, $25 (approximately P1273), SM Megamall
5. Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale is a brand that has long been on the counters of those with sensitive skin types, with its luxurious range of mineral powders and other hypoallergenic cosmetics. The brand has nourishing formulas and mineral makeup that works overtime.
Products to try: The Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation offers a sheer-medium coverage, perfect for the no-makeup makeup look, providing hydration and smoothening fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, its Longest Lash Mascara coats your lashes with cellulose fibers to extend its length!
JANE IREDALE, Liquid Minerals Foundation, P2300, Rustan’s
JANE IREDALE, Longest Lash Mascara, P1550, Rustan’s
While NARS isn’t top of mind when it comes to hypoallergenic makeup, they do know how to cater to customers with sensitive skin types.
Products to try: Got dry yet sensitive skin? Don’t give up on the perfect foundation just yet—the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic with a sheer, barely-there look and a luminous finish. It also offers the usual range of shades as other NARS products, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, P2750, Rustan’s
One of the most popular skincare brands from Korea, Laneige is all about hydration and uncomplicated skincare and makeup, touting its Water Science that provides hydration and solves other skin concerns for a radiant complexion.
Products to try: Its BB Cushion Hydra Radiance is a cult favorite, infused with micropearls and moisturizer for a hydrated and radiant finish. It also contains SPF 50 and allows for even coverage every time.
LANEIGE, BB Cushion Hydra Radiance, $38 (approximately P1932) SM Makati
8. Burt’s Bees
It’s no surprise that Burt’s Bees always comes out as one of the most recommended brands for sensitive skin. It’s paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and composed of natural ingredients, guaranteed to be gentle on the skin.
Best products: Burt’s Bees lip balm is a cult favorite, but for something with more color, the Tinted Lip Oil is a fine choice to wear for everyday makeup. Made of 100 percent natural ingredients, this lip oil smoothens your lips with a non-sticky formula, a touch of color, and a subtle gloss.
BURT’S BEES, Tinted Lip Oil, burtsbees.com.ph