Do you know that feeIing – you’re about finished with your makeup, for a lovely night out, and your eyes water. Yep, all over your beautiful makeup, why? Because they’re dry, and irritated. Or just downright sensitive to all the makeup products you have on that perhaps you don’t wear on a daily basis.

If you have dry or irritated eyes, I’m sure you’re well aware of the marathon it can be to find makeup products that don’t leave you with watery eyes.

The good news is there is an abundance of products out there in the Beautyverse that cater specifically to your dry eyes. From hydrating eye creams to smudge-proof eyeliners, I’ve thrown together a list of the best 21 makeup products for dry eyes.

Whether you’re a makeup artist or a makeup enthusiast, or just plain makeup dependent, this post is for you!

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Say Bye Bye to Dry Eyes


L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm

This fragrance-free and non-greasy eye cream is the primo place to start to help your sensitive peepers. You need a tiny amount, dot it under your eyes, and blend it in to give nourishment and vital hydration to one of the driest areas of your face.



Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja C Brighter Eye Treatment

The Vitamin C-infused eye treatment will help diminish your sun damage, and help to encourage that all the world wants it-collagen.
Full of plenty of other goodies like Vitamin E, squalane, hyaluronic acid, and of course, maracuja, which will help give that plump smoothness to your skin you’re desperately seeking.



First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

First Aid’s Eye Cream is loaded with caffeine and seaweed extract – sounds good enough for breakfast, right? It will help reduce those puffy under eyes and dark circles while you’re at it. All the while giving your delicate eyes that oh-so-necessary hydration quench.


blue tube of Neutrogena hydro eye gel cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream

The Vitamin C-infused eye treatment will help diminish your sun damage, and help to encourage that all the world wants it-collagen.
It’s impossible to overlook the gel-cream formulation which can give you that extra cooling, soothing feeling your dry eyes crave!



Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Light Pearl

Loaded with probiotics and antioxidiants, this luxe Lancome eye cream will help to brighten and hydrate your eye area.



Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Mascara Primer

Prime your lashes for extra oomph, condition and hydrate your lovely lashes, and guess what? It’s tinted so you’re halfway there with your your mascara.



Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Opthalmologist tested, and contact lens-safe, Lash Sensational will be kind to your dry and sensitive eyes.
With a jaw-dropping 115,000 plus reviews on Amazon, Maybelline must be doing something right with this bad boy. I love a fan brush as it reminds me of my true favorite mascara – Max Factor Calorie 2000 (sigh) so I think I know where my next mascara is coming from!



Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Complete with peptides to condition your lashes, this mascara is a great find for your dry eyes. Ophthalmologist tested and also suitable if you wear contact lenses, the hourglass-shape wand is another innovation to make this the #1 purchased mascara in America (in the deep black shade) – according to Too Faced. And that’s a lot of mascara!



Milk Makeup Kush High Volumizing Mascara

Vegan, clean, cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicon-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, gluten-free, coal tar-free, all to avoid chance of irritation. Leaves me asking – what exactly is it made from? Sounds like a lash-friendly, dry-eyed dream!



Bare Minerals Strength and Length Serum-Infused Mascara

Vegan mascara, made with red clover peptide serum to encourage length in your lashes. Its also smudge-proof, ophthalmologist-tested, contact lens safe, gluten-free, and safe from PEGs, and synthetic fragrances.



Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Made without sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, this Hourglass best-seller is serious mascara. It will lengthen and give volume as well and seems aptly named for the results it gives.



L’Oreal Age Perfect Lash Magnifying Mascara

Age Perfect contains a conditioning serum and jojoba oil, to look after your eyes, and even though its a waterproof mascara, it removes gently with water. Magic!
Ophthalmologist and allergy tested, yet another friend to your dry eyes.



La Roche Posay Toleriane Lash Extensions Mascara

Specially formulated for sensitive eyes, La Roche Posay gives us a fragrance-free, allergy-tested mascara worth trying if you’re particularly dry or sensitive.



Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes

No smudging, no flaking, this tubing mascara will stay all day and then remove with warm water.
Vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, silicon-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and oil-free.



Giorgio Armani Liquid Eye Tint

Long-lasting and quick drying, this Armani staple will have you speeding up your eye makeup times, for sure. With a range of gorgeous matte and chrome shades, Liquid Eye Tint will become your fast liquid-eyeshadow friend.


taupe eyeshadow

The Best Eyeshadow Jones Road

Who would’ve thought to see a powder eyeshadow on a list for specifically curate dry eyes? Well, Jones Road has come through with the goods. The Best Eyeshadow aims to be just that for your dry eyes, with a shadow that contains Oryza Sativa extract to hydrate your lids. Gorgeous color range from Bobbi’s new venture, Jones Road.



Bare Minerals Mineralist Sunlit Eyeshadow

This talc-free, vegan eyeshadow from Bare Minerals presents 6 rich pigments in both matte and satin eyeshadows.
These smooth eyeshadows will deliver in pigment, and stay all day. And being from Bare Minerals, you know they are made without any of the nasties you don’t want on your eyes; parabens, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrance, all the things.



RMS Beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow

Can you see a theme with the eyeshadows? I love a cream eyeshadow, especially for dry eyes, and RMS is one of my faves. These soft shimmer creams contain green tea and quinoa to nourish your dry eyelids and this is the perfect product to give a little glam to your eyes, day or night.
If you haven’t used RMS before, this is a lovely introduction.



Julep Cream to Powder Eyeshadow Stick

There is nothing like the convenience and efficiency of a crayon or stick makeup. You can truly apply your makeup in seconds, and Julep shows us just that.
With a range of shades erring more on the shimmer side (check out those funky green shades!), there is plenty to choose from whether you like a subtle eyeshadow look or a little more drama.
Cream to Powder pencils are made with Vitamin C and E to nourish your dry lids as well.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of using the Smudger end on my delicate eyelids. There’s nothing your clean ring finger can’t do and do with a gentle touch. But have a play and see how you fare.
Perfect if you struggle with precision or your eyes don’t play well with powder eyeshadows.



Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Eyeshadow

This Jane Iredale single eyeshadow contains pine bark extract to protect and nourish your eyelids. The pure pressed eyeshadows can be hard to come by, so grab them while you can. This powder eyeshadow is loaded with nourishing and healing ingredients, specifically designed for sensitive and dry eyes.



Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Shadow Stick

“The Artist formerly known as Bobbi Brown” gives us ease of application in another of my new fave time-saving makeups, the longwear cream crayon. The Shadow Stick will give your eyes nourishment by way of its hydrating formula and it won’t smudge or crease.

Available in a handful of mattes and shimmers, this will last all day, and go on like a dream.



Almay Velvet Foil Cream Eyeshadow

Almay delivers another super-funky, super-affordable (let’s not deny it!) range of shimmer paint tubes that are kind to your eyes.
The botanicals within the Velvet Foil Cream Eyeshadow will treat your dry lids, and this cream is hypoallergenic as well.
12 shades of soft shimmers that I bet you can wear at any age, and a price tag that means you could treat yourself to more than just one of these fabulous, fun shades.



Perricone No Makeup Eyeshadow

And at the other end of the rainbow, is our holistic friends Perricone. And I know I’ve mentioned the No Makeup makeup before – here, I think? I love the nude range these eyeshadows are presented in. So simple and understated. This product will undoubtedly look after your delicate, dry eyes with care.
Crease-proof, long-lasting, and also anti-aging benefits within this eyeshadow in a bottle.



Revlon Colorstay Cream Eyeshadow

What feels like Revlon’s version of MAC Paint pots, but a little kinder on your back pocket.
Revlon Colorstay Cream Eyeshadows are available in a range of soft, feminine, mostly shimmers and pastel tones. There are a couple of mattes in there, so keep an eye out.
I prefer to use a clean ring finger to apply my cream formula eye shadow, but Revlon gives you a little built-in brush with this pot. Be sure to tap the side of the jar to get it open on the first try!



Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat

OMG, probably the makeup product I have worn for the longest period of time in my life. I’m so thrilled to share this gem of a product here in this dry-eye list. And regardless of your eyes, this is heaven-sent. IYKYK.
Radiant Touch is literally that, in a pen. And without providing heaviness on your skin, this product somehow magically bounces light off your face, to correct your dark circles like some kind of real-life, soft filter.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Ageing Concealer

In contrast, IT always provides full coverage, and the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer is no exception.
If you have dark circles under your eyes, this may become your holy grail, but remember, a little bit goes a long way.
Filled with nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and Vitamin E this is sure to help plumpen and hydrate your dry eyes.



Glo Skin Beauty Under Eye Concealer

Loaded with healing ingredients, Glo Skin Concealer is definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a new coverage solution.
The best news is, this won’t cake or budge. Available in 6 shades, each concealer comes with two shades – a corrector and concealing product you can mix and match or use in combination with other shades as well. Clean and nourishing, this is a quiet achiever in the clean makeup space.



Colorescience Tint Du Soleil SPF Whipped Foundation

Absolutely loaded with healing, nourishing and anti-aging ingredients, it’s tough to decide whether Colorescience is more skincare or makeup with Whipped Foundation.

Oh, and let’s not forget it contains SPF 30 as well.
If you haven’t experienced any of the incredible products Colorescience offers yet, then the Whipped Foundation is a terrific jumping-off point. So great for sensitive skin, redness, and dryness.



NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

With an oil-free, non-comedogenic formula, NARS presents one of its most popular and relied-on products in the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. It will hydrate your skin, help fade dark spots, and, most of all, look after your dry eyes as well. Hydration comes by way of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C that it’s filled with.


eyeliner pen

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Fast drying, long-lasting, and a matte finish make Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner a cut above in the liquid eyeliner field.

And it’s perfect for your dry eyes, as it’s not budging, smudging, or irritating either.


Eyeliner Pen

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner

Physician’s Formula strives to provide us with skin-friendly, high-quality makeup. And this eyeliner/lash serum is no exception to the rule. The only question is, why didn’t I start using this years ago?
Hypo-allergenic, so it’s safe for your sensitive eyes, too.




Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Vegan, cruelty-free, and with a waterproof formula, what else do you need in your makeup setting spray? Well, for one thing, it’s gotta be kind to your eyes. The much loved, much raved about (10,000 Amazon reviews can’t be wrong, right?) All-Nighter from Urban Decay may just be the setting spray you are after.


What to Look for in Eye Makeup if you have Dry Eyes.

As you can see from my list above, I focus heavily on cream eyeshadows and foundation. Hypoallergenic makeup, and keep an eye out (dry or not!) for makeup with low water content.

Habits to Practice To Help Your Dry Eyes

*Be sure to remove your makeup each night before bed.

*Use gentle micellar water or oil-free and paraben-free removers to remove your makeup.

*The best eye makeup removers to use should be makeup removers without mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, or Diazolidinyl urea.

*For stubborn makeup, consider using a gentle baby shampoo.

*Try using a lid scrub on your eyes.

*Remember that false eyelashes or any other procedures, such as permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, or magnetic lashes, can irritate the area around your eyes. If you have sensitive skin or dry eyes, avoid these practices at all costs.

*Save false eyelashes for special occasions only.

*Stay away from glitter in eye makeup products.

*Avoid alcohol in products and makeup removers.

*Don’t apply eyeliner or eye makeup inside your lashline (on the waterline).

*Avoid products containing formaldehyde. Yep, formaldehyde.

*And lastly, avoid fragrance in anything and everything you put on your face or near your eyes.


If any product, or makeup process gives you redness, swelling, or any other kind of reaction, go and visit your eye doctor and medical professional immediately. Your eyes are so important. And your eye health is not worth the risk of any makeup product to risk harm.

If you have dry eyes, don’t fret – there are plenty of makeup products out there that cater specifically to your needs! From hydrating eye creams to smudge-proof eyeliners, this list of 32 fantastic makeup and cosmetic products for dry eyes has got you covered.

Now, go forth and rock your makeup look without any irritation or discomfort!



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