(Closed) Does any one have contact allergies to makeup?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

I really like Almay or physicals formula as grocery store brands, and Perscriptives and if that is not available, Clinique, it’s sister brand. The best for me is MaryKay, I just can’t get it in CR. 

Post # 4
4949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MarieeToBee:   I am allergic to most make up and to something in SPF.  I have had good luck with Stila foundation.  I have yet to find eye makeup that I can tolerate for more than ten minutes without massive redness and tearing, and then puffiness in my eyelids.    Somewhere on the Bee there was a link to allergens in makeup – you might be able to search for it.

Post # 5
2508 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Yep- i use everyday minerals. It is online only and unlike most organic makeup it is affordable. Plus it is amazing. 

Post # 6
46590 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went through a time when I thought I was allergic to eye makeup. Turned out it was the latex sponge applicator that I was using at the time (travelling a lot and not taking my brushes with me). Switched to brushes 100% of the time and no further problems.

Post # 7
11697 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I can’t do waterproof mascara, makes me pull my eyelashes out from itchiness.


Post # 8
8588 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a horrible reaction to Aveda makeup. My whole face swelled up and I ended up needing to get a steroid shot from the walk-in. Fun times.

Post # 9
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Yes, very bad allergies to makeup.  I can’t put anything near my eyes that has any shade of pink or purple in it (no taupy browns, etc).  It really sucks.  I only use Jane Iredale.  I have had awesome success with it.  I have no issues with any of her stuff – except one shadow color. 


Post # 10
1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013



I do, I do!!!! I am so incredibly allergic to 99% of all makeup brands! I was sooooo stressed out about what I would do come my wedding day. I spent probably hundreds of dollars trying out different brands that claim to be organic, but really weren’t. Unlike you, I know what it is that I am allergic to: sunscreen. It’s in most make-up, which is super annoying. The titanium dioxide is what makes my face swell up and itch. I was so depressed about what to wear on my wedding day that I was starting to lose hope. Just then, I found Crush Groove Cosmetics. It’s all natural/organic. It’s great for everyday use and big events, like weddings! I am so thankful I found this brand of makeup or I would have had to use my everyday makeup (which is hardly anything) that would not have lasted all day or looked good in pictures.


Sounds like you’re on track to figuring out what it is that you’re allergic to! Keep trying, it will eventually pay off! Hope this helps! 🙂


Post # 11
295 posts
Helper bee

I can be to different types but can’t name them off the top of my head. I know estate da later (doubt that spelt correctly) but for me they are the safest to use. Also I am highly allergic to different face paints so I can rarely do a full blown face painting for hollween

Post # 13
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@MarieeToBee:  something in MAC makes e break out and get hives. never was tested to see what was doing it but it started as soon as I tried MAC and started to clear up as soon as I stopped using it.  Also Biolage hair products, same reaction.  I now use Smashbox and tarte without issue as well as Pureology for hair.  Have used Clinique without problems in the past. Used Laura Mercier for a few months and then hives and breakouts started as well.  

Post # 14
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Yep….pretty much every brand of make-up and their facial care lines as well. I am good with mineral make-up by YoungBlood and Nude by Nature. I make my own cleanser, scrub and moisturiser. I have used a little Almay, Clarins, Dior, Clinique and Benefit in the past with okay results for a limited period of time. I had the least reactions to Dior that I can recall but can’t wear it at all now.

Post # 16
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MarieeToBee:  I’m allergic to almonds and almond oil, which is apparently used in a bunch of products.  I don’t wear make-up on a daily basis.  On the rare occasion I do, I use bare minerals make-up and I haven’t had an issue. 

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