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The Best Hypoallergenic Makeup for Hay Fever Sufferers

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 6 months ago | Updated
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Sniffly nose? Running eyes? Blotchy skin? Say no more. Most of us hay fever sufferers know the perils of Spring all too well. Sadly, our makeup has been no match for these pesky problems in the past…until now. With our top list of all the best hypoallergenic makeup picks, you can create beautiful, fresh-faced springtime looks without fear of the dreaded panda eyes or the infamous patchy foundation.

What is hypoallergenic makeup?

Hypoallergenic makeup have as few allergens and chemicals as possible, meaning they are less likely to cause irritations - handy in hay fever season when your senses and your sneezes are heightened. Dermatologically-tested and ophthalmologist-tested products are also key ingredient preferences for sensitive skin sufferers, as they have been tested by medical expects to be safe on your skin and around your eyes.

If this sounds like the beauty category you fall into, don't worry we have rounded up the best of the best, so you can still look on fleek despite the runny nose.

The best hypoallergenic primer:

Inglot Cosmetics Mattifying Under Makeup Base

Inglot Cosmetics Mattifying Under Makeup Base

£17.54 £19.47 (10% off)

Start your makeup with a hypoallergenic primer to set and prep your makeup for the day. This one from Inglot Cosmetics softens your irritated skin, absorbing any excess sebum with its velvety matte formula. An essential to make the rest of your makeup last longer if you're looking to cover tell-tale blotchy skin.

The best hypoallergenic concealer:

Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer 1 Yellow

Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer

£23.95 £25.00 (5% off)

If hay fever makes you break out in red, blotchy patches like we were just discussing, don’t worry. The Circle Delete Concealer from Jane Iredale is an eye treatment-concealer hybrid that helps to neutralise and tone down any redness, while also improving the texture of skin. And not only is it hypoallergenic, but it is also non-comedogenic which means no blocked pores. Win-win!

The best hypoallergenic foundation:

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 29-Truffle

bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20

£19.76 £33.00 (41% off)

For a fuller coverage approach, we love this foundation with added SPF from bareMinerals. This skincare-first brand is the perfect choice when you're skin and allergies are acting up, and this foundation is transfer-resistant up to 24 hours! You'll also love the soft-focus effect from bamboo stem extract.

bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 18- Medium Tan

bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15

£25.14 £36.50 (32% off)

And if you're not a fan of liquid foundations, then bareMinerals also offer a powder formula. Made with five mineral pigments, it provides a sheer wash of colour that blurs the appearance of blemishes and imperfections.

Check out our favourite foundations for sensitive skin if your complexion feels irritated all year round.

The best hypoallergenic highlighter:

Jane Iredale Glow Time Highlighter Cosmos

Jane Iredale Glow Time Highlighter

£26.95 £40.50 (34% off)

It wouldn’t be a proper springtime look without a bit of glow would it? Bring radiance to your look with this glowy highlighter. All of Jane Iredale's products are hypoallergenic (yasss!) and this creamy highlighter is also vegan. Build up the formula to your desired glow on both face and body and let the jojoba seed oil in the formula nourish your skin at the same time.

The best hypoallergenic blusher:

e.l.f. Cosmetics Luminous Putty Blush Belize

e.l.f. Cosmetics Luminous Putty Blush

£7.58 £8.42 (10% off)

Who would have thought that this cult-favourite blusher was hay fever-proof? A flush of blush is a go-to look in summer and spring, and this creamy multi-tasking blusher will help you achieve it. Swipe it on your lips too!

The best hypoallergenic eyeshadow primer:

Perricone MD No Makeup Eyeshadow Shade 1

Perricone MD No Makeup Eyeshadow


Before you start creating a killer eye look, make sure you prep your eyelid with this sensitive eyeshadow primer. As it’s dermatologically tested you can be sure this formula won’t irritate your peepers. Instead, light-reflecting pigments provide a soft, satin finish with pearlised effect that brightens and awakens the eyes. Crease-proof, long-wearing and delivering anti-ageing benefits, the serum can be worn alone or as the perfect base to enhance your favourite eyeshadow.

The best hypoallergenic eyeshadow:

Colorescience Beauty On The Go Palette 12g

Colorescience Beauty On The Go Palette


Although we would suggest not going crazy on the eye makeup when hay fever strikes lest water eyes make everything run down your face, it's hard to resist the neutrals of this palette from Colorescience, another fully hypoallergenic brand. The simple range of colours flatters all skin tones, and since it's compact and can also be used on your face, cheeks and lips, it's the perfect palette to throw in your bag so you can touch up throughout the day.

The best hypoallergenic mascara:

e.l.f. Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara Black

e.l.f. Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

£8.72 £9.69 (11% off)

The pièce de résistance of any hay fever-proof makeup is the mascara. You want a formula that won’t cause any irritations, while also staying putting through the inevitable downpour from your tear ducts. This affordable mascara gives your eyes all the drama of fluttery falsies, and it's even ophthalmologist tested so you can be sure it won't irritate your eyes.

For more recommendations, check out our roundup of The Best Mascaras for Sensitive Eyes.

The best hypoallergenic eyeliner:

Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense Amethyst

Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense

£17.32 £21.00 (18% off)

Hay fever and sensitive eyes are a combo that often ends a little panda-like. But, with this hypoallergenic eyeliner, you can make itchy, watery and sore eyes a thing of the past. Transfer-resistant, you can tight-line your waterline or go wild with a wing.

The best hypoallergenic brow pencil:

Clinique Quickliner For Brows 02 Soft Chestnut

Clinique Quickliner For Brows

£20.25 £21.00 (4% off)

Pair the eyeliner with the Quickliner For Brows for a foolproof eye look. Much like the eyeliner, this brow pencil allows you to shape, define and fill in sparse brows for a natural-looking finish that lasts all day. Fragrance-free, ophthalmologist and allergy-tested, it's perfect for those bad hay fever days.

The best hypoallergenic brow gel:

RevitaLash Hi Def Tinted Brow Gel Clear

RevitaLash Hi Def Tinted Brow Gel

£23.95 £39.00 (39% off)

This brow gel conditions eyebrows all whilst taming, sculpting, setting and defining them. Non-irritating, hypoallergenic and dermatologist reviewed, you can brush this through your brows with confidence.

The best hypoallergenic lipstick:

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly HydraLip Berry

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly HydraLip

£14.31 £15.88 (10% off)

If all else fails and hay fever has taken its toll, distract onlookers with a gorgeous lipstick, like this one from Sculpted by Aimee Connolly. Arriving in six balmy shades, this lipstick nourishes lips with hyaluronic acid and jojoba gloss and coats them with a sheer colour that looks so totally kissable (though you're probably not in a kissing mood when your nose is all blocked up).

The best hypoallergenic lipstick:

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Lip Fixation Lip Stain Rapture

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Lip Fixation Lip Stain

£18.04 £34.00 (47% off)

On the other hand, a matte lip won't cling to your tissues when you blow your nose. You won't have to reapply this smudge-proof matte lip stick, leaving you free to enjoy the nourishing feeling of plant-based oils all day. And there's a huge range of shades, from nearly-there nudes to classic reds to pretty pinks, so that you don't have to miss out just because your allergies are on the fritz.

The best hypoallergenic makeup brushes:

Sigma Beauty Classic Face Brush Set

Sigma Beauty Classic Face Brush Set

£73.99 £100.00 (27% off)

There's nothing worse than loose bristles and fluff irritating skin that's already irritated. Sigma designs all of their makeup brushes with hypoallergenic SigmaTech® fibres that maintain their original shape and colour, so that you can apply your favourite products seamlessly.

And there you have it, our range of the best hypoallergenic makeup products perfect for hay fever season. We hope our recommendations help keep you looking your best, even when you aren't necessarily feeling your best.

For more sensitive skin and beauty buys take a look at our favourite sunscreens for sensitive skin, or our Complete Guide to CeraVe, which is a fully hypoallergenic brand aimed at those sensitive skin.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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