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Makeup for Contact Lens Wearers

If you wear contact lenses, you know the trials and tribulations of figuring out what you can apply around your eyes and on your face that won't trigger tearing, burning, or general discomfort. Many contact lens wearers find themselves on a constant hunt for mascaras that won't flake off and concealers that won't irritate. Even those of us who don't wear contact lenses sometimes have sensitivity problems and can appreciate the relief provided by makeup that's easy on the eyes.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

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This long-wearing blush, made of nutrient-rich clay from the Amazon River, is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and petrochemicals. Loaded with vitamins A, E, and C, this product not only delivers a pretty wash of color, but also acts as a treatment to keep skin soft and smooth. Its all-natural ingredients make it safe on the eyes and, since it’s pressed in a compact, you can easily control the color application, keeping it on your cheeks and out of your eyes. ($25, Sephora)

Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes

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This little drugstore gem really does have it all: smooth, blendable color for optimal coverage, aloe and green tea to depuff and help naturally correct dark circles, and SPF 20 for sun protection. It comes in four natural shades and is dermatologist tested and gentle on sensitive eyes. And just recently, Lucky magazine named Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer one of the “10 best drugstore beauty products ever.” ($10.99, Walgreens)

Becca Mineral Powder Foundation

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From the land Down Under comes the cult favorite Becca, a line that prides itself on having a full range of nonirritating, nonallergenic, dermatalogically tested products for every complexion. Its Mineral Powder Foundation, which comes in seven different water-resistant shades, provides noncakey, medium coverage and is packed with skin-soothing ingredients like aloe vera, honeysuckle, red algae, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. ($38, Becca)

Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara

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There is a reason Lancôme’s Definicils mascara has long held the top spot in the mascara category: it doesn’t clump and it separates, thickens, and lengthens lashes beautifully. Plus it lasts all day, but also washes off effortlessly. As if it couldn’t get any better for this magic wand, contact lens wearers and people with more sensitive peeps love it for its gentleness. ($25, Nordstrom)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

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This eyeliner, which hails from the brand known for high-performance, long-wearing products, has become a must-have among contact lens wearers for two simple reasons: it stays on all day and it doesn’t flake into the eyes. Aqua Eyes comes in—deep breath—twenty-five shades, all of which can be used as either an eyeliner or eye shadow. ($18, Sephora)

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte

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This highly pigmented shadow goes on smooth and delivers intense color that stays put. It’s fragrance free and opthamologist tested for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. And because the colors are flat, you’ll have no trouble with loose sparkles falling around or into the eye. ($14.50, Clinique)

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray

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Salt spray is a great alternative to classic hair spray as it’s free of many of the abrasive chemicals that can sometimes wreak havoc on your eyes. Formulated with algae and kelp extract, Surf Spray not only holds hair in place, but also gives hair tons of texture and volume. Who’d of thought a little salt and water could make hair look so sexy? ($23, Bumble and bumble)

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