The Best Foundations for Sensitive Skin: A Makeup Artist and Derm Sound Off

Katharine McEntee

For those of you with fragile, easily irritated skin, you know how hard it can be to find a good makeup product, let alone the right foundation. So we reached out to a few skin experts for their guidance on choosing the correct formulas that (fingers crossed) won't cause a reaction on sensitive skin.

On our journey to finding the least agitating formulas, we asked dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, what to look for in a sensitive-skin foundation, to which she replied, "Opt for mineral or powder foundations, unless the formula specifies that it is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and designed for sensitive skin." While avoiding harsh ingredients that clog pores and cause unnecessary redness is important, Cover FX global ambassador Derek Selby says that it's equally necessary to look for a formula that contains anti-inflammatory properties that "reduce redness and inflammation in the skin." Selby suggests finding a foundation with ingredients like "bisabolol derived from chamomile or phytosphingosine, a conditioning lipid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties."

Now that you've been schooled in the fundamentals of sensitive skin foundations, keep reading for Selby and Engelman's recommendations for fragile-skin foundations.

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