Why Does My Make-Up Hurt?’

From ir­ri­tat­ing eye­shadow to ul­tra-dry­ing lip­sticks, the real rea­sons cos­met­ics can make you mis­er­able—plus ex­actly how to side­step them.

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THE COM­PLAINT

MAS­CARA MAKES YOUR EYES TEAR UP.

THE CUL­PRIT

It’s prob­a­bly past its prime. “Mas­cara ex­pires faster than any other cos­metic—

three months from the time you open it,” says cos­metic chemist Jim Ham­mer. The dark, moist tubes are hot­beds for bac­te­ria. Plus, the older mas­cara is, the clumpier it gets, caus­ing small par­ti­cles to flake off, land­ing (where else?)

in your eyes.

THE CURE

Set a three-month cal­en­dar re­minder, or mark the date onto the tube. Had an eye in­fec­tion?

Toss it.

THE COM­PLAINT

LIP­STICK MAKES YOUR LIPS SA­HARA DRY.

THE CUL­PRIT

“Lip­stick’s pig­ments

are ac­tu­ally solid pow­ders that pre­vent

mois­ture from pen­e­trat­ing your lips,” says Ham­mer.

Matte ver­sions are chock­ful of the stuff—the rea­son

they feel like a clay mask af­ter 10

min­utes.

THE CURE

You don’t have to set­tle for a wussy

colour—more beauty brands are rolling out high im­pact shades in but­tery for­mu­las, like Revlon Just Bit­ten Kiss­able Balm Stain—its

en­cap­su­lated mois­ture mol­e­cules re­lease a burst of hy­dra­tion over time.

THE COM­PLAINT

POST-MANI, YOUR FACE FEELS WEIRDLY

ITCHY.

THE CUL­PRIT

Pol­ish is the leading cause of pe­ri­or­bital der­mati­tis—a fa­cial rash that can de­velop around the eye­lids

when you touch your face post-mani.

“Lac­quer is made with ir­ri­tat­ing sol­vents and plas­ti­cis­ers,” says

Ham­mer.

THE CURE

Look for '3 free' for­mu­las (like the one be­low), which lack ag­gres­sive formalde­hyde, dibutyl ph­tha­late, and toluene, says Ham­mer. Many brands have ditched them, but check la­bels (or Google) prior to paint­ing.

THE COM­PLAINT

EYE­SHADOW MAKES YOUR EYES

ST­ING.

THE CUL­PRIT

Again, it’s usu­ally not the for­mula (re­spectable beauty brands make sure their eye prod­ucts are doc­tor-ap­proved) but rather the form.

“Blend­ing loose pow­dered shad­ows onto your lids cre­ates a dust­bowl around your eyes, where par­ti­cles can set­tle,”

says Ham­mer.

THE CURE

Skip loose for­mu­las—there’s noth­ing sexy about smokey blood­shot eyes. Most pressed-pow­der shad­ows won’t cre­ate a cloud of dust, but your safest bets are cream and cream-to-pow­der shad­ows (like the one here), which have zero fall­out.

THE COM­PLAINT

FOUN­DA­TION MAKES YOUR SKIN FLARE

UP.

THE CUL­PRIT

Whether your skin

gets splotchy or breaks out, bac­te­ria is the prob­a­ble cause. “Liq­uid for­mu­las are usu­ally made with wa­ter. If you put your fin­gers or a brush into it, mi­crobes can eas­ily form and mul­ti­ply,” says Ham­mer. Even com­pact foun­da­tion can get funky. The

ac­com­pa­ny­ing sponges are por­ous breed­ing grounds.

THE CURE

Stick with liq­uid foun­da­tions that come in a tube (like this one) or pump. Dip­ping your mitts into a jar trans­fers germs. If you use a sponge, wash or re­place it weekly.

Clin­ique A Dif­fer­ent

Nail Enamel For Sen­si­tive Skin in Hi Sweetie,

1,100 Deb­o­rah Mi­lano 24 Ore Vel­vet Eye­shadow in Rose,

395 Lancôme

City Mir­a­cle

CC Cream,

2,800

Marks & Spencer Mas­cara in Black,

499 Revlon Just Bit­ten Kiss­able Balm Stain,

600

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