Mascara is magical, but only when it’s actually on your lashes — not smeared all over your face after rubbing your eyes all day. Red, irritated eyes can ruin your entire makeup look, especially when it’s your mascara that’s causing the irritation in the first place. Luckily for anyone whose eyes are more sensitive than Lady Gaga every time she talks about A Star Is Born, hypoallergenic mascara exists.
“Eyelids in general are a very sensitive area and a lot of contact allergens can affect the eyelids,” says board-certified dermatologist Shari Sperling, MD. “The benefit of hypoallergenic mascara is that it decreases the risk of allergies. You see a lot of allergic reactions on the eyelids because this thin skin is such a sensitive area.”
Hypoallergenic options are free of harsh ingredients that can irritate the eyes and skin, and the best part? These products aren’t hard to find. We rounded up the best mascaras that won’t bring you to tears, ahead.
This preservative- and fragrance-free mascara doesn’t only thicken lashes on application, but strengthens over time, thanks to a peptide-infused formula. Plus, the tin pencil case it comes in makes it easy to swipe on in the backseat of an Uber.
NudeStix Lash Lengthening Mascara, $24, available at Sephora
This vegan bestseller conditions, curls, lengthens, and volumizes the lashes, without ever making you teary-eyed.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $23, available at Sephora
Just because it’s safer for the eyes doesn’t mean it has to lack in performance. This pigment-packed wand leaves you with bold lashes after just one swipe, which means less time in front of the mirror and more time actually being on time.
Clinique High Impact Mascara, $19, available at Sephora
Get the look of false lashes without actually having to glue on falsies. This all-natural formula curls and lengthens, and boasts a long-wear finish that actually lasts.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara , $9.89, available at Target
Bet you didn’t know this iconic mascara was hypoallergenic. In the words of the legendary Kris Jenner: You’re doing great, sweetie.
Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara , $5.99, available at Target.com
Dr. Sperling says she often recommends Almay makeup products for people with sensitive skin, including the brand’s hypoallergenic mascaras. This one nourishes with keratin and delivers on length and volume, too.
Almay Multi-Benefit Mascara, $4.99, available at Target
This mascara was made to catch each and every little lash, for zero clumping and dark, even pigment.
Glossier Lash Slick, $14, available at Glossier
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