7 of the best mascaras for sensitive eyes, inspired by Dame Judi Dench

A perfect mascara is a desert island beauty product that most of us are on the continual hunt for. However, some of us may find it a little harder than others to find ‘the one’ due to sensitive eyes that need a little extra help. One such person is Judi Dench, who just appeared on the cover of Vogue UK’s June issue. 

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Speaking to the publication, makeup artist Val Garland revealed that Dench often has trouble with the product. ‘She is very allergic to mascara, she said. ‘But she likes mascara – so I was a little bit scared because I didn’t want to be giving any sort of irritation to Dame Judi Dench!’ 

Many of us can relate, and find some mascaras irritate, itch, or even hurt our eyes. The good news is that there are products out there that are suitable for even the most sensitive of lashes.

You’ll want to look for one that has a hypoallergenic formula, meaning it’s free from allergens that can irritate eyes, and is fragrance-free. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for thickening agents such as HEC (which you’ll want to avoid where possible), and to be on the lookout for soothing ingredients instead, such as aloe vera. It’s usually the case that the less ingredients listed, the better. 

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As for Dench, the mascara she ended up wearing on the cover of Vogue was La Roche Posay’s Toleraine Volume Mascara, which is hypoallergenic, and is a makeup artist favourite for sensitive eyes. As well as this one, here are six others that will work wonders. 

7 best mascaras for sensitive eyes

INIKA Long Lash Vegan MascaraINIKA Long Lash Vegan Mascara, £23, Lookfantastic 

Containing Vitamin E, Magnolia Bark Extract and Sun Flower Oil, this nourishes as well as boosting volume and length. 

green people mascaraVolumising Mascara, £16.50, Green People

Featuring 98 per cent natural ingredients, Green People’s mascara is as good as it gets for sensitive lashes. 

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Volume MascaraLa Roche-Posay Toleriane Volume Mascara, £12.35, Lookfantastic 

Allergy tested, this is ideal for the most sensitive of eyes and those who wear contact lenses. If it’s good enough for Dame Judi…

Clinique High Impact Mascara, £20, Boots 

All of Clinique’s mascaras are hypoallergenic, and this one boosts volume like no other. 

Chantecaille Longest Lash Faux Cils Mascara, £62, LookFantastic

Rosewater conditions and soothes, while the dark pigment will give you your blackest, fullest flutter yet. 

Volume Mascara, £21, Dr Haushka

Ophthalmologically tested and containing quince seed, silk and candelilla wax, this will envelop lashes in its conditioning formula. 

RMS Defining Mascara, £26, Space NK

100 per cent natural, RMS’ bestselling mascara is free from sulphates and parabens of any sort.