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Make Up for Sensitive Eyes

By Kristine
AP Contributor

Hello all!

A reader who wished to be kept anonymous recently emailed us with a beauty question:

Just wondering if you or your contributors have any advice on wearing eye makeup for those of us who have “dry eyes” and apply eyedrops throughout the day. I used to always wear mascara and now don’t because the eyedrops smear and run the mascara after application and give me “raccoon eyes.” I’m not sure I want to try waterproof mascara since it seems rather harsh and removing it might get problematic since my eyes are sensitive. I should tell you the eyedrops I use are over the counter and not prescription on the advice of my optometrist. 

What an interesting question. I don’t have dry eyes myself, but I do have terrible allergies in the spring and summer so I am familiar with the eye drop situation. Not only are my eyes watery, but they swell up and get really red.

After experimenting with many different mascara formulations, I threw in the towel and decided to start eyelash tinting. My brows and lashes are naturally blonde and if I leave them bare I look like I have none at all. Honestly, I do this at home with Henna. I’m not going to explain to you how to do that, because you shouldn’t be doing it. I shouldn’t even be doing it but I’m broke and…my safety just isn’t that important to me I guess? But you, being the responsible person I’m sure you are, can get this service done at a salon. There is no FDA approved eyelash or eyebrow dye currently, so it’s important to know what your salon uses before undergoing the service. Benefit is a good choice because they use a vegetable based tint so there is no danger of blindness. The service take around 20 mins and prices vary, but are usually in the $20-40 range. If you have sensitive eyes, this may be uncomfortable, but the results last 4 to 6 weeks and it might be worth it. I’ve never had a problem with it myself, and it’s wonderful not worrying about putting in eye make up everyday.

dyed eyelashes

If you want to stick to mascara, there are several options to consider. I even asked a few knowledgeable friends to weigh in with their advice. If you don’t want to try a waterproof mascara, I would suggest carrying a make up remover pen like the one from e.l.f. and just clean up any excess after applying your eye drops. You can also blot your mascara brush before applying, a thinner layer of mascara won’t smudge as easily.

If you would like to try a waterproof variety, just make sure you are using a very gentle make up remover. Some of the safest include Lush Ultrabland, Bioderma, and Make Up For Ever Sensitive Eyes. Using a thicker eye cream like Kiehl’s Rosa Artica Eye Cream will greatly reduce irritation as well.

I hope one of these solutions was helpful and I would love for you guys to let me know via email or in the comments. Any of your own tips would be a great addition as well.

Email me with any beauty questions.

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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry.

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Youth, Body Image, Aging


I’m working on a style and body image project that centers on teen girls, and it has been an amazing experience so far. I’ve interviewed about a dozen teens from all across the U.S. and it was incredibly eye-opening to get their input on these topics. Only a few had experiences with online bullying, most of them had very strong opinions about people and styles they viewed as “slutty,” nearly all of them post selfies on Instagram, and at least 75% of them think Taylor Swift has great fashion sense. I loved hearing from them and getting them to talk about their own levels of self-confidence, how they conceptualize their personal styles, and how they’re affected by the media.

I’ve talked to friends about this project, and they’ve all expressed excitement and optimism. Many have said something along the lines of, “If you get to them young, maybe the next generation of women won’t become quite so bogged down by weight worries and body image issues.” And I hope that’s true. I hope so hard that’s true, I can barely express it. If I can help even one teen girl feel better about herself and move through the world unencumbered by body dysmorphia or self-image hang-ups, I will be thrilled beyond words. Seriously. And there’s a very good chance that will happen.


I hate to doubt something that hasn’t even come to fruition yet, but there is a but.

Based on my own experiences and the anecdotes I’ve been told by clients, readers, and friends, I’ve come to believe that adolescence can be a period of individually specific hazing that can’t be easily influenced or redirected. As an adult, you can step in, take a teen girl by the hand, tell her about media literacy and Health At Every Size and the power of style, and she still might have to battle her own inner body image demons for a few years. All the facts and tools and support in the world may prevent the onset of self-loathing and help her move toward a positive body image, or it may land on deaf ears until she has learned and grown a bit more. I had to live through my own body-centric worries for many years and come to understand things through personal experience. I can’t honestly say if a body image intervention at age 14 or 16 would’ve helped me. It might have, and I do wish I’d had more forums for discussion and supportive resources to consult. But it might have bounced right off of me because I needed to work through those lessons on my own.

Aging is quite the double-edged sword. As women age, we often feel devalued and ignored. Youth is so prized in our time and culture that an aging woman can feel unimportant to the point of invisibility. And yet as we age, many women also worry less about what people think and say about us. As my girlfriends and I get older, some of the issues that once plagued us fall away, diminish in importance, pale in comparison with the priorities we’ve set for ourselves and our families. And because we’ve lived through these decades had had these lives and accumulated this knowledge, we can let them fall away and feel lighter for the release of burden. But somehow, sadly, our younger selves just couldn’t. We needed to have experiences and learn things for ourselves, and those things could only happen with time, patience, aging.

Humans are stubborn and often need direct, personal experience to make a lesson sink in. Some things can be taught and influenced, some just have to be lived through. So I expect that this project won’t have the far-reaching impact that I dream it could. But I am in favor of offering tools and knowledge and support at all ages and stages of life. And if one teen girl feels better, that will be enough.

Image courtesy kris krüg.

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Pleased To Meet You!

The roster of Already Pretty contributors continues to change, and as we say goodbye to Une Femme, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Kristine Rose. Kristine’s writing has been published in XOJane and LunaLuna, and she freelances as a makeup artist. She is funny and brave and incisive, and I’m so honored that she’s agreed to join the Already Pretty team. Please read on to learn more about Kristine’s background and expertise.

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Hey there! So lovely to be here.

I’m Kristine Rose, make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. I’ve been an Already Pretty reader for years now, and am so glad to be included in one of my favorite style resources. My main focus will be skin care and make-up, so I figured I would start off with a description of my personal skin care routine:

My skin has had a bit of a hard life. I dealt with some hormonal issues for a number of years that lead to large painful acne cysts. I tried every acne remedy on the market, even the dermatological nuclear bomb of Accutane (Isotretinoin). While Accutane helped a bit, I was essentially “cured” by a mixture of the testosterone reducing drug Spironolactone, and eliminating processed sugar from my diet.

While I almost never break out anymore, my skin is dry and a bit temperamental. I have rid myself of the acne, but I still have skin allergies that flare up mostly in the spring and summer, resulting in redness, inflammation, and even the occasional hive. I try to baby my skin as much as I can, focusing on hydration, soothing, and brightening.

Cleansing: I started double cleansing about a year ago, and it really works well for my skin. I first use an oil based cleanser, Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil on dry skin, to remove dirt and make-up without stripping or over drying. I follow this with lotion/liquid cleanser 9 to 5 from Lush. I used to work for Lush Cosmetics and I am still a big fan of their products. You can use this cleansing lotion by itself without water, removing it only with a washcloth, but I prefer to use it as a regular cleanser. My skin used to get very irritated and even peel in the winter, but with this combination it stays well hydrated and supple. While some gentle cleansers can leave your skin feeling less than squeaky clean, I feel confident that all my make-up is removed.

Eye Cream: I’m not greatly affected by under eye circles but my eyes do get a bit puffy and red, especially when it’s allergy season. I use two different eye creams, e.l.f Eye Refresh and Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. The e.l.f roller is cooling and soothing and I notice a reduction in inflammation right away. The Origins cream has more of a priming effect. My under eye area is significantly brightened after application and it provides a great base for concealer.

Serum: I like to date around when it comes to serums, and hardly a week goes by that I don’t come home with another sample from my local Sephora. The one serum I keep coming back to is Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil. Formulated with rice bran oil and omega 3 acids, this oil plumps the skin and soothes redness.

Moisturizer: Kiel’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream is my pick all year round. I used to work at Kiehl’s once upon a time as well, and they introduced me to this beauty. I’m only 25 but find that anti-aging products work best for my parched skin. This cream is also thick enough that it provides a bit of a barrier between my skin and the air, reducing allergy flare ups. I’ve also noticed a plumping and firming effect.

Sunscreen: Unlike most people with my almost-translucent skin tone, I’m not at all prone to sunburn. My Scottish boyfriend is quite jealous! I am however quite passionate about daily sunscreen application. I believe it’s the most essential anti-aging step. My mother was vigilant about applying sunscreen since her late teens and she hardly has any wrinkles. I like Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector because it is lightweight and absorbs seamlessly into the skin.

Masks: Face masks are a genuine addiction for me. I am always in the market for something new, but have a couple of old favorites as well. I love the Freeman Beauty Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask for overnight use. I always wake up feeling refreshed. I’m also partial to the Dr. Jart Water Fuse Hydrogel Mask to restore hydration and elasticity.

This is always subject to change, as sampling new and exciting products is a part of my job, but I’m very happy with my routine right now. I would be interested to hear all about your skin and how you are currently caring for it, so post your answers in the comments section!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.


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Kristine Rose is a make-up artist, esthetician, and writer. She strongly believes in each individual’s right to express themselves through style, make up, and body modification (or lack thereof). Beauty writing is her one true passion and she intends to revel in it until her untimely death, crushed under the weight of her own jewelry.

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