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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Advice from your Fayetteville, NC Eye Care Practitioner


For those who wear contacts there are a number of guidelines that should be followed in regard to applying cosmetics. Below are a few basic tips on how to ensure your eyes remain lovely and safe.


Purchasing Cosmetics


Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals recommend that you use only brands that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to avoid peeling or smudging, which could end up irritating your contacts, use water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally it's important to switch makeup used for your eyes frequently – ideally mascara each month, eyeliner every three months and eye shadows every 6 months.


How to Safely Apply Cosmetics


Be certain to rinse your hands thoroughly before putting in your lenses. Put on all eye makeup gently to prevent damaging your contacts. Don't touch a brush or liner to the inner lid and apply mascara from the center of the lashes instead of the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or apply if your eyes are red or infected.


Another important tip is to clean off makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. It's advised to remove contacts before cleaning off cosmetics.


Taking proper care in using makeup when wearing lenses can avoid red, swollen or infected eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.


If your eyes become red or infected don't apply makeup. Feel free to contact your eye doctor if you experience any swelling, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Fayetteville, NC eye doctor can assist you with any contact lens problems that you may be having.