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Top 10 Best Hypoallergenic Foundations in the UK 2021 (Lancôme, Clinique and More)

If you have sensitive skin, you know the struggle of finding a foundation (or any kind of skin product) that you can put on your face without getting an allergic reaction. Even people with dry, oily, acne-prone or mature skin can react badly to certain products.

That is why it is vital to pick out a hypoallergenic foundation that you can put on your skin with confidence. Luckily, from liquid to mineral, light coverage to full coverage, there are many kinds of foundations suitable for sensitive skin available on Amazon, John Lewis, and Boots. So we are here to help you know how to find the perfect hypoallergenic foundation for you!

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Claire Higgins
  • Last updated: 13-05-2021
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With Specialist Advice From Makeup Artist Claire Higgins

With Specialist Advice From Makeup Artist Claire Higgins

Claire is a qualified Beauty Therapist and Makeup Artist; she provides professional makeup services for all occasions from bridal to backstage at photo shoots. Claire also teaches masterclass events as well as 1-1 training, and when she gets the chance, enjoys sharing her expertise hosting live talks on her social media. She's a big fan of the vibrant style and loves a colourful palette... or 10!


Keep up-to-date with Claire through her Facebook and Instagram page where you can learn the latest tips and tricks when it comes to makeup application and also get inspired to try new looks! 

So, What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

So, What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?
“Hypo” is a prefix that means “lower” or “less than normal.” Consequently, “hypoallergenic” means that a product is less allergenic than usual. Note that it does not mean that there is no chance of an allergic reaction at all.
To add to this ambiguity, there is no official test that brands must do to prove that their product is hypoallergenic: companies decide by themselves whether products are hypoallergenic or not. For this reason, it is up to you to look at the ingredients and confirm whether the product is suitable for your skin.

How to Choose a Hypoallergenic Foundation in the UK ― Buying Guide

So, you should look at the ingredients to check if a product is hypoallergenic or not. Yet even if you are told that, how do you know which products to look out for? That is where we come in. The following are our tips for finding the perfect hypoallergenic foundation that will (hopefully) not give you a reaction.

Learn the Names of Common Irritating Ingredients

Learn the Names of Common Irritating Ingredients
If you search online you can find a long list of possible allergens, but we will simplify it for you by telling you the top ingredients to avoid.
Firstly, preservatives are often responsible for allergic reactions. The most common preservatives are parabens, so you should look for a foundation that says that it is paraben-free or has no parabens in the ingredients.
Fragrances should also be avoided. The problem with fragrances in products is that the contents of the fragrance do not have to be listed in the ingredients, so they often contain many hidden allergens. Other culprits for allergic reactions can include sodium laureth sulfate, various essential oils, mineral oil, liquid paraffin, alcohols, salicylic acid, silicones, menthol and the list goes on.
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Claire Higgins

When checking products for known allergens, take note of the first few ingredients listed on the packaging; these tend to make up a larger percentage of what the product contains. If you’ve struggled to find the source of a reaction, take a look at the packaging on products that have caused irritation in the past. 


Use this to compare these ingredients to the products that haven’t. Thrown out your packaging? Don’t worry. You can find this information listed on the product's website. This should give you a better indication of what your trigger may be.

Look at the SPF Ingredients: Mineral for No Irritation, Chemical for a Lightweight Consistency

Look at the SPF Ingredients: Mineral for No Irritation, Chemical for a Lightweight Consistency
Everybody should wear a minimum of 15 or 20 SPF on their face everyday, whether rain or shine, summer or winter, in order to prevent wrinkles as well as melanomas and skin cancer. However, some SPF ingredients can be more irritating to hypersensitive skin than others.
Mineral SPF, also known as physical SPF, has titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as the active ingredients. These ingredients are less likely to irritate your skin so are great for sensitive-skinned people. However, you need to cover your face adequately to make sure that all your skin is protected.

Synthetic, or chemical, SPF includes the common ingredients oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate and octisalate. These tend to have thin, lightweight consistencies, but can occasionally irritate very sensitive skin. Not all sensitive skin reacts to chemical SPF ingredients, so if you prefer a lightweight feel it is worth trying foundations that include chemical SPFs.

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Claire Higgins

Understandably when your skin’s prone to hypersensitivity, the process of trial and error can be a difficult and costly journey. Relatable? Then you may have already heard about mineral ingredients and the benefits they possess. Mineral sunscreens have a higher success rate of almost no irritation, but this doesn’t guarantee reactions won’t occur. 


A top tip for testing any sunscreen or foundation is simply to perform a patch test by applying a small amount of product on your forearm a few days prior to using it all over. 

Remember That Everyone’s Skin Is Different

Remember That Everyone’s Skin Is Different
The annoying truth is this: just because one person did not get an allergic reaction from a product does not mean that the product is hypoallergenic for everyone. Everyone’s skin is unique and can therefore react to different ingredients.
Unfortunately, the only way to really discover which ingredients your skin reacts or does not react to is by trying out a range of products and using a trial and error approach. By comparing the ingredients of the products that your skin liked and disliked, you should be able to find out the culprit of your skin reaction.
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Claire Higgins

Just because a product is successful for one, doesn’t mean it will be for another. Our skin will differ from others and can react in completely different ways. Stay in the know and carry out some research. 


Request samples from a website or beauty counter before making purchases, perform a sensitivity test, delve into your least and most successful products and narrow down your triggers. Having extended knowledge and understanding of ingredients will support your decisions when finalising any future purchases.

Top 10 Best Hypoallergenic Foundations in the UK

Yes, we cannot know for sure which foundations will not give your particular skin a reaction. Nevertheless, we have picked the best products with few irritating ingredients and great reviews that are sure to be gentle on anyone’s face.
10

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

£34.00

Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 15 (Chemical)
9

La Roche-PosayToleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation

£17.17

Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 25 (mineral)
8
Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeNo
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 15 (Mineral)
7

Bell Hypoallergenic Mat & Soft Fluid

£7.81

Volume35ml
Paraben-FreeNo
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun Protection
6

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

£22.15

Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 25-35 (Mineral)
5
Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeYes
Sun ProtectionSPF 10 (Mineral)
4
Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF <10 (not specified)
3
Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF <10 (not specified)
2

bareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation

£28.00

Volume8g
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeYes
Sun ProtectionSPF 15 (Mineral)
1
Volume30ml
Paraben-FreeYes
Silicone-FreeNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 15 (Chemical + Mineral)

Compare the Best Hypoallergenic Foundations

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1
Clinique Even Better Makeup Foundation 1

Clinique

2
bareMinerals  Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation 1

bareMinerals

3
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 1

NARS

4
Clinique  Superbalanced Makeup Foundation 1

Clinique

5
Estée Lauder  Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup 1

Estée Lauder

6
Vichy  Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 1

Vichy

7
Bell  Hypoallergenic Mat & Soft Fluid 1

Bell

8
No7  Stay Perfect Foundation 1

No7

9
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation 1

La Roche-Posay

10
Lancôme  Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation 1

Lancôme

Name

Even Better Makeup Foundation

Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation

Sheer Glow Foundation

Superbalanced Makeup Foundation

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation

Hypoallergenic Mat & Soft Fluid

Stay Perfect Foundation

Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation

Features

A Hypoallergenic Foundation That Will Improve Your Skin Tone

A Cult-Favourite Mineral Powder Foundation For a No-Makeup Feel

A Liquid Foundation With Buildable Coverage and a Natural Result

A Natural-Finish Foundation for Combination Skin

A Popular Super-Coverage Foundation That You Can Rely On

A High Coverage Foundation to Hide All Skin Problems

A Matte-Finish Hypoallergenic Foundation at a Drugstore-Cost

A Long-Lasting Liquid Foundation With a Natural Finish

A Best-Selling Super Long Wear Liquid Foundation

Price£28.50£28.00£33.49£26.00£34.00£22.15£7.81£15.50£17.17£34.00
Volume30ml8g30ml30ml30ml30ml35ml30ml30ml30ml
Paraben-FreeYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoYes Yes
Silicone-FreeNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Sun ProtectionSPF 15 (Chemical + Mineral)SPF 15 (Mineral)SPF <10 (not specified)SPF <10 (not specified)SPF 10 (Mineral)SPF 25-35 (Mineral)SPF 15 (Mineral)SPF 25 (mineral) SPF 15 (Chemical)
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Tips for Using Foundation on Sensitive Skin

Tips for Using Foundation on Sensitive Skin
Some people with extra-sensitive skin may be wary of applying foundation, fearing that it could worsen their skin condition. However, with a truly hypoallergenic product and the right application method, there should be no problem.

Before applying foundation, make sure that your skin is gently cleansed and moisturised in order to boost your skin’s defenses. If you prefer a light foundation coverage or your foundation contains no or little SPF, put on some sunscreen over your moisturiser to guarantee that your skin is protected. After your skin dries you might consider adding a primer in order to add extra moisture.

When you start using the foundation, make sure to apply gently in circular motions to avoid aggravating your skin. At the end of the day, always remove your foundation with a mild cleanser. Cream cleansers and cleansing waters are particularly good as they will remove all traces of makeup without drying out your skin.

Give Your Make Up Bag a Refresh With These Products

Give Your Make Up Bag a Refresh With These Products

Looking for more foundations, powders, and concealers to add to your makeup bag? Look no further - we've already found some of the best products to buy online, so take a look! 

Summary

Trying out new foundations can be scary for those with sensitive skin as you never know when your skin will react badly to a product. However, with the right knowledge of particularly irritating ingredients, it is definitely possible to find a hypoallergenic foundation that your skin will love.

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