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Our 7 Favorite Hypoallergenic Makeup Brands [Buyer’s Guide]

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Were you aware the average woman uses 16 beauty products daily? We firmly believe a skincare routine is important. But, finding the right products for you might be challenging.

For those of us with sensitive skin, inflammation or allergies, trying out new beauty products can be a struggle.

So many makeup products have sulfates, parabens and other ingredients that can have an adverse reaction to the skin. Not to mention everyone’s skin reacts differently and none of us want to break out into a rash and have to apply even more makeup; we all know how that tends to end.

Below we will share our 7 favorite hypoallergenic makeup brands. From drugstore to department store and in between, we have you covered!

What Is Hypoallergenic Makeup?

Unfortunately, the word “hypoallergenic” is not regulated by the FDA, so the term can mean a lot of different things to different beauty brands. But, in general, hypoallergenic means the products consist of ingredients that are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

This being said, there are some general guidelines you can follow when looking for beauty products that will help those with sensitive skin from reacting to new products.

First, look for brands or products that claim to be “clean.” This term is another word for hypoallergenic.

Next, look at the ingredient list. If your skin is sensitive you should stay away from ingredients such as parabens, sulfates and added fragrances because those ingredients are more likely to react with the skin and cause irritation.

Finally, when all else fails, look for mineral makeup. Mineral makeup is generally made with fewer ingredients, which means there is less of a chance of an adverse reaction.

It’s important to know that everyone’s skin is different so some trial and error is always expected when trying new products. The best way to test any new product you are putting on your face is to first test a small area.

If you notice a rash or breakout, stop using it immediately. It might be hard not to cover it, but let your skin heal before applying anything else over it.

When it comes to hypoallergenic makeup, the fewer ingredients the better.

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Mineral Makeup: bareMinerals

Bare minerals is pretty much the OG of mineral makeup. It’s recommended by tons of dermatologists and has everything you’d need to do a full face of makeup.

You can get your everyday wear products in a powder form from foundation to concealer to blush to bronzer — even their under-eye brightener in a loose powder. Bare Minerals has 30 different shade options for their foundation, making it super easy to match to any skin tone.

And one of the best parts about Bare Minerals is you can barely tell you are wearing anything.

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Drugstore Makeup: Almay

When you have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find makeup that works for you at an affordable price.  Because hypoallergenic or clean makeup tends to be made with better ingredients, there aren’t a lot of options for those with a lower budget.

Almay has been the beloved hypoallergenic brand at drugstores for a long time. They pride themselves on using mainly gentle ingredients so it is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

This is a great option that won’t break the bank if you want to try out new products.


Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Lip Products: Bite Beauty 

Bite Beauty has some of the best, long-wearing lipsticks on the market.

Not only are their lip products some of the best, but the ingredients are so clean you could actually eat the lipsticks. We don’t recommend it, but hey, if you were stuck on a deserted island with only your lipstick, have at it!

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Department Store Makeup: Clinique

Clinique has been a trusted beauty brand for many for a long time. They are known for paying close attention to people with sensitive skin and most of their products are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.

Clinique even offers a Clinical Reality when you can take a selfie and send it in and they will give you an in-depth analysis backed by their dermatologist expertise.

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Makeup for Acne-Prone Skin: Colorescience

Colorescience is another mineral-based product line but made for people that have both acne-prone skin and sensitive skin. Much like Bare Minerals, since this is a loose powder on top of your skin it won’t get in and clog your pores. Helping mitigate any future breakouts.

Most of their products have some level of SPF protection, so there’s no need to add sunscreen on after you put on your makeup!

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Amazon Makeup: Young Blood

Who doesn’t love shopping on Amazon?

Sometimes, it’s hard to know what you are getting when purchasing on Amazon, but not with Young Blood. This mineral makeup company has been around for a long time and was founded by a medical esthetician, so you know it’s going to be great for sensitive skin.

Their products will leave your skin feeling smooth and well-nourished.

Related: 10 Best Beauty Buys On Amazon

Our Favorite Hypoallergenic Self-Tanner: Isle Of Paradise

Okay, so technically self-tanner is not makeup; so just consider this a bonus. For those with sensitive skin, staying away from harmful UV rays is super important, but it can be tough to find a sunless tanning product that won’t cause a skin reaction; that is until the Isle of Paradise.

One of the only clean tanning brands on the market, these products actually work and are loved by many beauty lovers, most of whom don’t have sensitive skin.


When you have sensitive skin, trying new beauty products can be stressful. It’s important to pay attention to ingredients and know that some trial and error will need to happen. Hopefully, this list of our favorite hypoallergenic makeup can help give you direction in finding the products that are right for you

Lacy Rhomberg

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