For those who wear contacts there are a number of guidelines that should be followed when it comes to the use of makeup. Here are a few basic tips on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.
First and foremost, eye care professionals recommend that you purchase only products that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could result in irritating your lenses, buy water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should replace cosmetics used for your eyes frequently - ideally replace mascara every month, liners every 3 months and shadows every six months.
How to Safely Apply Makeup
Make sure you rinse your hands prior to inserting your lenses. Apply all eye makeup carefully so you don't damage your lenses. Don't apply mascara or eye liner to the inside eye lid and apply mascara from the middle of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on if the eyes are swollen or infected.
It's also very important to clean off eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. Don't forget to remove contacts prior to cleaning off makeup.
Following these guidelines when applying eye makeup when wearing contact lenses can prevent irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.
If your eyes are red or infected avoid applying makeup. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you experience any redness, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Glastonbury, CT optometrist will be glad to assist you with any contact lens issues that you may be having.