The Absolute Best Eyeliners if You Have Sjogren’s Syndrome or Sensitive Eyes!

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“Eye” am going to get real with you….lol. Alright, alright, I’ll stop. Seriously, though, it’s very hard to find eyeliners that don’t irritate your eyes even more when you have Sjogren’s Syndrome.

I cannot count how many eyeliners I have tried over the years.

Some have been good; some have been bad. Many of them have been black.

And, then it became increasingly more difficult to find eyeliners that I could stand to wear. This was devastating as a former makeup artist who absolutely loves makeup.

Shopping for Eyeliners When You Have Sjogren’s:

The last 5-10 years it has been harder than ever to find eyeliners that I can stand to wear all day.

I have very sensitive eyes, allergies, and have two autoimmune diseases, including Sjogren’s Syndrome.

If you have Sjogren’s, then you know the awful, constant eye frustrations.

Some of the eyeliners marked for sensitive skin cause so much irritation it’s rolling down my face by the time I’ve finished breakfast.

Not cool, guys. Not cool.

The Best Eyeliners if You Have Sjogren’s:

After trying many, many eyeliners, I feel very confident that the following 5 suggestions will guide you in the right direction.

Let’s talk about each of them:

1. Burt’s Bees Nourishing Eyeliner:

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Listen, I was surprised, too. I only thought about Burt’s Bees as a baby brand. It didn’t occur to me that their makeup line might actually be good. Like, really, really good.

The eyeliner is very smooth, sharpens very well, hangs on tight all day, barely smudges, survives a little water, and comes off clean at night. I really like the black, but I also really, really like the gray and reach for that on a lot of summer days for a more subtle look.

And, it rings in at around 9 bucks?!  SCORE. 

Grab it here. 

2. Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Eyeliner:

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I’ve never see this one in stores, but it’s easily available Amazon.

Thank you Jesus for Amazon!

I first tried this liquid eyeliner in Chromate when it came in my monthly Allure Beauty Box, which I highly, highly recommend. Every month you get an assortment of products for just $15 (your first box is only $10). Some are full-size, some are deluxe samples.

Every, single, month I learn about new products that are amazing and go into my regular rotation – all from the comfort of my home in my yoga pants.


I got a full-size Art-ki-Tekt waterproof liquid eyeliner in one box months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

This is SO easy to apply, if you’re nervous about liquid liners. It almost does the work for you. The color is a saturated, rich black and it doesn’t budge until you wash it off later – and then it comes off very easily.

The marketing is a bit dramatic, but I get a very fine line, cat-like look with it – nothing as dramatic as the pictures by the brand (although you are welcome to do that look, too).

Grab it here. 

3. 100% Pure Eyeliner:

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I recently tried this eyeliner from 100% Pure for the first time and I had no idea what I was missing.

I’ve always loved 100% Pure, but found their products a bit expensive. But, now that I don’t wear makeup every day and I really need it to be as clean and gentle as possible, I am feeling like it’s worth it to splurge a bit on higher quality products.

This one is absolute gold.

4. MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder:

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Probably no surprise here. MAC’s makeup game is always tight. But, that’s not always enough when it comes close to your eyes.

On this, MAC gets it right. This one does hang on longer than Burt’s Bees and takes more effort to get off. Most of my gentle face washes struggle to get it all off the first time, so be aware of that.

However, if you’re going to be sweating, around water, or going to a special event then this is what you’ll want to reach for.

Price: Cha-Chings at $18 dollars.

Grab it here. 

5. Colorscience Eyeliner in Black:

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I’m such a fangirl of Colorscience. I’ll write more about some of their other products that I cannot live without very soon.

Their eyeliner is one of them. Whenever I feel like applying eyeliner with a brush to really get that super rich, fun look with the wingtip at the endthis is what I use.

It’s absolutely infallible. It’s also a splurge at $29. Use sparingly. I haven’t had any issues with it drying up on me before finishing it, and I don’t apply it anywhere close to once a day. #kids #lazy #life

This is also the eyeliner that gets me the most compliments when I wear it. Big win.

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Eyeliner Tips:

Put head-to-head, these three eyeliners have a similar pigment, meaning they have a nice saturated hue that doesn’t require lots of application.

If you have SUPER sensitive eyes, stay away from the kohl eyeliners and go straight for the liquids and gels. They are going to have less chance of flaking during application.

Wait to apply your eyeliner until after your eyes have stopped watering from using eye drops to keep it from washing off.

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I hope one of these eyeliners helps you if you’ve been struggling to find one that works if you have dry eyes, eye pain, an autoimmune disease like Sjogren’s, or just bad allergies.

I know I feel better when I am a little bit put together and every bit helps us as we fight for our wellness.

If you liked this post, check out the best mascaras for Sjogren’s and my 10 top tips for treating dry eyes.

Do you have a favorite eyeliner? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

To our health,


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  1. Mary B.
    May 28, 2021 / 5:02 am

    This was so helpful! Thank you!

    • Erica
      June 2, 2021 / 10:20 pm

      I am so glad it helped you, Mary! It can be so hard to find beauty products that don’t flare up Sjogren’s!

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