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I am one of nearly 32 million people in the United States who live with eczema, otherwise known as those blotchy, red, dry patches that typically flare-up in-between seasons or for no reason at all. Most of the Internet’s advice for treating it is relegated to the skincare realm; more specifically, the rich, creamy hydrators that soothe cracked skin and inflammation without causing even more damage. What we don’t talk about enough is the best makeup for eczema, which also has to be moisture-rich and non-irritating.
In other words, I want to cover my blemishes, but not at the expense of creating new ones or a greasy complexion, courtesy of foundation that’s just a smidge too rich. Thankfully, some of today’s best-selling brands are paying attention to the unique needs of those with eczema-prone skin and most of them are even doctor-approved. Keep scrolling to see 13 mostly affordable finds that dermatologists and beauty pros wouldn’t want to confiscate from your vanity.
Range Beauty True Intentions Hydrating Foundation
Range Beauty was born from founder Alicia Scott’s own personal struggles with eczema, and the inclusive beauty company became the first Black woman-owned makeup brand to score a deal when it was featured on Shark Tank. This creamy, sheer foundation comes in 21 shades and contains soothing ingredients such as calendula, chamomile and green tea for simultaneous coverage and treatment.
Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation
“This finely-milled foundation
fuses talc-free powders, minerals, and antioxidants together which is safe for those with sensitive skin. The antioxidant complex contains rosemary, rice bran, and sunflower extracts to hydrate, blur imperfections, and neutralize redness.” – Dr. Dendy Engelman, MD
BBB London Clear Brow Gloss
“For people with eczema, the issue is a compromised moisture barrier and inability to properly shed skin cells which can cause flaky, dry, irritated skin. This can even accumulate around the hairline or eyebrows. I like this brow gloss
because it has hydrating properties in addition to being long-wear. It boasts a 14-hour hold for keeping brows in place and has rosemary leaf oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil to nourish the skin underneath the brow hairs.” –Jeannel Astarita, Founder of Just Ageless Body Sculpting & Beauty Lab.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint
“This foundation make up has a base rich in hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes and smoothes the skin. [This is ] especially important in eczema, [when] the skin barrier is disrupted and often dry.” –Dr. Joshua Zeichner, MD
Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 20
There’s nothing worse than cakey base makeup, especially when you’re attempting to cover imperfections like eczema flare-ups. This lightweight foundation serum
gives skin a dose of hydration while giving an all-over flush of color that says I woke up like this.
Bareminerals Loose Mineral Eyeshadow Powder
Dry skin shouldn’t keep you from wearing your favorite eye shadows. This is an editor favorite because of its velvety-smooth texture and rich pigment. Plus, this 5-star formula comes in practically every color you could wish for.
Avene Mineral Tinted Compact
“This compact foundation has chemical-free sun protection, is fragrance-free, and has emollients to seal in moisture without being greasy, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.” – Dr. Jessie Cheung, MD
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra
So you’ve picked your go-to formulas, but now you need to get it all off before your snooze. Enter in: micellar water
. We love this formula because it’s super gentle on sensitive skin and doesn’t irritate or leave skin with that undesirable dry feeling.
Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care CC Cream
“This tinted moisturizer with sun protection has only mineral sunscreen ingredients to provide broad, yet non-irritating, coverage.” -Dr. Rachel Cayce, M.D.
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight
You’ll love the way this oil-free highlighter glides on your cheekbones. And the best thing about this creamy formula is that it’s free of irritants, allergens and fragrances so unwanted flare-ups aren’t a concern.
It Cosmetics Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette With Brush
We all know and love It Cosmetics for its skin-loving formulas, including this contour palette. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and talc-free, skin-smoothing powders so it’s less likely to dry out your skin.
Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush
Don’t sacrifice on flushed cheeks when you can swirl on this mineral-based formula. Not to mention, it comes in 11 super-flattering shades from petal pink to auburn red.
ISDIN Skin Drops
“One single drop can be mixed with the client’s normal moisturizer to provide incredible coverage. When trying to hide a blemish or discoloration, let the area dry and then reapply as needed to provide excellent coverage.” – Dr. Suneel Chilukuri, MD