If you wear contacts a number of guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Here are some pointers on how to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe.
First and foremost, we advise you use only products that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent peeling and smearing, which could result in irritating your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to switch makeup used around your eyes at regular intervals - ideally mascara monthly, eyeliner after 3 months and shadows after half a year.
The Safe Application of Makeup
Be careful to wash your hands thoroughly before inserting your contacts. Apply all eye makeup gently to avoid touching your contact lenses. Don't touch a brush or liner to the inner eye lid and apply mascara at the midpoint of the lashes instead of the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or apply if your eyes are swollen or irritated.
In addition to cleaning off cosmetics daily try to think ahead and opt for glasses when you are aware you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for dying hair or in a beauty salon.
Adhering to these guidelines when using makeup when wearing contacts can prevent red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.
When your eyes become red or infected don't use any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or inflammation. Our San Francisco, CA optometrist will be glad to assist you with any lens issues that you may be having.