It's not uncommon for eyes to become irritated when wearing makeup, but it's commonly a signal that you are suffering from an allergy. There are different ways to remedy this, such as using a primer that limits makeup contact directly to the skin or switching to a better brand for more sensitive skin.
While it may seem obvious, burning, itching or tearful eyes can result from makeup getting in your eyes during application. Powdered shadows, bronzers and even mascara particles can easily slip into the eye and cause irritation unrelated to allergies.
Remove unwanted makeup from your eyes, without ruining your makeup in the process, by using a Q-tip. Carefully and slowly swipe a moist Q-tip underneath your lower lashes, removing excess makeup from your lower lid, making sure not to apply too much pressure. To ensure you don't have makeup in your eyes, pull your lower lid down slightly and move the Q-tip along the inner rim of your eye. Be extremely careful not to poke or prod your eye in the process.
Thoroughly wash the skin around the eye with warm water and a washcloth or a toner for sensitive skin, before applying makeup, making sure you have removed all soap. Soap can be a harsh irritant to the skin. When applying makeup, you may be pushing soap residue into the eye. This can happen easily when applying eyeliner to the lower lid. By rinsing your eye area before your makeup application, you may be able to avoid the burning and watering that you may be experiencing.
Apply a makeup primer to the skin surrounding the eye before applying makeup. The skin around your eye is very sensitive and may react differently from the rest of your skin to makeup. Therefore, applying a protective barrier in the form of makeup primer around your eye helps to soothe the skin and also makes your makeup appear smoother. This will keep the makeup from being placed directly on your skin and could stop irritation.
Consider Your Makeup
Switch to sensitive-skin or organic makeup. Many leading brands such as Almay, Revlon and Cover Girl offer sensitive-skin and organic makeup alternatives that may be better for you. The makeup you're using currently could be the root of your problems, so switching to a more sensitive type could cure irritation.
Always remove all makeup before you go to sleep. Use eye-makeup remover in addition to your regular face wash. Makeup can build up over time if it is not washed off properly and eventually cause deposits in and around the eye area. This can cause continual irritation.