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Contacts and Makeup: Tips from your Bloomington, IL Eye Care Practitioner


If you use contacts there are some precautions that should be taken when it comes to using makeup. Here are a few pointers for how to ensure your eyes stay lovely and healthy.


Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?


Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals recommend you purchase only cosmetics that are oil and fragrance free. In addition, to avoid flaking or smudging, which could result in bothering your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to switch eye makeup at regular intervals – ideally switch mascara monthly, eyeliner after 3 months and eye shadows after half a year.


The Safe Application of Cosmetics


Always be careful to wash your hands prior to putting in your lenses. Apply all eye makeup carefully to avoid scratching your contact lenses. Try not to touch mascara or eye liner to the inside eye lid and start mascara at the middle of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on when your eyes are red or irritated.


In addition to removing eye makeup every day try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when you know you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.


Being careful when applying eye makeup during contact lens use can prevent irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.


When your eyes are swollen or irritated avoid applying makeup. Feel free to contact your optometrist if you have any redness, pain, or itchiness. Our Bloomington, IL eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any contact problems that are troubling you.