IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

The 12 best mascaras for sensitive eyes, according to professionals

Say goodbye to itchy eyes and hello to bold lashes.
Woman wearing a white robe, sitting on her bed, putting on mascara
Kathrin Ziegler / Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

Shop TODAY is editorially independent. Our editors selected these deals and items because we think you will enjoy them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Items are sold by retailer, not TODAY. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Mascara is supposed to give you long lashes for days — but if you've got sensitive eyes, the beauty staple can be tricky.

The stinging and watery eyes resulting from certain formulas might be enough to make some stop wearing mascara altogether, but you don't have to miss out on its impressive prowess just because your eyes are a little sensitive. We turned to celebrity makeup artists to see which mascaras they rely on for clients dealing with sensitive eyes.

From drugstore finds to totally indulgent options, their recommendations include an option for every budget.

1. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

"This is one of my favorite mascaras, and achieves a luscious look with just one stroke. It has natural beeswax that delivers instant volume without irritating the eye," said celebrity makeup artist Brandy Allen, whose clients include Mary J. Blige and Danielle Brooks.

2. Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Volume Mascara

"This is a great waterproof formula that also conditions your lashes. It's fragrance-free, allergy tested and great for contact wearers,” said Rob Rumsey, a makeup artist who's worked with celebrities like Carly Rae Jepsen and Peta Murgatroyd.

3. Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

"Eyeko mascaras use tubing technology, so each eyelash is essentially shrink-wrapped in a sheath of the product. This means it won't flake or dry out and crumble once applied," said celebrity makeup artist James McMahon, whose clients include eyelash icon Twiggy.

4. Clinique Lash Power Mascara

“I got turned onto this by my client Reba [McEntire]. She uses it in her real life, and now I bring it with me for photo shoots. The tubular, smudge-proof, flake-free formula is great for sensitive eyes, and has a lot less ‘run off.’ It’s my secret weapon!” said celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman.

5. Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara

"This mascara offers a beautiful application and contains more than 90 percent natural and naturally-derived ingredients. It contains vitamin B5 and natural oils and waxes to condition your lashes," said Ashley Humphreys, makeup artist and owner of the beauty line Nude & Noir Cosmetics.

6. Almay Multi-Benefit Mascara

"It builds volume and length plus keep lashes hydrated without drying up, which can make sensitive eyes more irritated,” said celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, whose clients include Lupita Nyong'o.

7. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

"This is the classic go-to product most mascara lovers can’t live without, and many beauty lovers have had a long relationship with it," Allen said. "Not only is it ideal for contact lens wearers, it’s also hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist tested."

8. Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara

"This mascara is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate, lengthen and strengthen each lash," Humphreys said. "The supernova color is a beautiful jet black and does not clump or flake."

9. Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

"This vegan mascara contains vitamin C to help condition your lashes and keep them strong and healthy. The mascara brush also makes your lashes look thicker and longer," said celebrity makeup artist Archangela Chelsea, whose clients include OIivia Munn and Elizabeth Olsen.

10. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

"The shea butter and keratin in this mascara hydrates and strengthens your lashes. The wand is great for a one-swipe application," Rumsey said.

11. Kjaer Weis Mascara

"99.8% of the agriculturally-derived ingredients in the Kjaer Weis Mascara are from organic sources and are safe for sensitive eyes," said Humphreys. "It is a higher price point for mascara, but they do offer a refill for a lower price once you finish your initial product."

12. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

"This mascara is in every makeup artist's kit," said Rumsey. "The formula and the wand are perfection. It never dries out or flakes, which is key for sensitive eyes."

For more stories like this, check out:

To discover more deals, shopping tips and budget-friendly product recommendations, download the new TODAY app and subscribe to our Stuff We Love newsletter!