Poor Lindsey Wixson. The 16-year-old Fashion Week staple has tweeted that instead of walking the rest of Paris Fashion Week, "I'm coming home tomorrow due to an allergic reaction to the make-up from the day before." We think that the culprit might have been the red pigment that Pat McGrath painted models' faces with for the Viktor & Rolf A/W 2011 show on Saturday. It hasn't been confirmed but the palette (which you can check out after the jump) was definitely full-on and could've easily irritated Lindsey's skin, which she normally uses natural and organic products — such as tea tree oil and Dr. Alkaitis skincare — on. We feel terrible for Lindsey, but her misfortune is a good reminder that makeup can cause serious allergic reactions, not just breakouts. With Fashion Week's hectic schedule, we doubt there was any time for Lindsey to test all the products on herself, but she's proved that performing a patch test before you put new makeup on is always a good idea. Here's wishing you a super speedy recovery, Lindsey.
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Ps. If you're not too sure about a patch test, simply put, it's a fool-proof way to check and see if your skin will turn red, become itchy, or swell due to an ingredient in a beauty product. Apply a small amount of product (the size of a 5 cent coin) to your arm (preferably the underside of your forearm), cover it with a Band-Aid, and keep an eye on the area for 24 hours. If you don't see any sort of reaction, you're fine to go ahead and use, but discontinue use if skin is irritated.