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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Tucson, AZ Optometrist

If you use contact lenses there are some guidelines that should be followed when it comes to the use of makeup. Here are a few professional tips for how to be sure your eyes remain lovely and healthy.

Buying Cosmetics

Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals strongly suggest you purchase only brands that are oil and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent peeling or smearing, which could end up bothering your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly you should switch makeup used on your eyes at regular intervals - it is preferable to replace mascara monthly, liners after 3 months and eye shadows every 6 months.

Tips on Applying Makeup

Make certain you wash your hands thoroughly before applying your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara gently so you don't jostle your contact lenses. Don't apply a brush or liner to the inside lid and apply mascara at the midpoint of the lashes rather than the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on when your eyes are swollen or irritated.

Another important tip is to clean off makeup every night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. Don't forget to remove contacts before removing cosmetics.

Taking proper care in using cosmetics when wearing lenses can prevent irritated, swollen or infected eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

When your eyes are red or infected don't put on any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your optometrist if you have any redness, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Tucson, AZ optometrist can help you with any lens problems that you may be having.