Go it alone, and figuring out the best mascara for sensitive eyes is an exercise in misery. Pick up a random tube, and maybe you’ll be fine—or maybe your eyes will let you know ASAP that you’ve caused them immeasurable pain. Because everyone’s sensitivities are different, it’s tough to make any generalizations about ingredients to avoid, but there are a few strategies you can try. Hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist-tested mascaras are the way for some people; tubing mascaras are the ticket for others, if mascara flakes in your contacts are the bane of your existence. Beyond not making your eyes feel like they’re dying, the best mascaras for sensitive eyes also do the stuff you actually want mascara to do, like thickening, lengthening, and defining your lashes. It’s a tall order, but here are 10 gentle mascaras that do the trick.